Dr. Diane Reed, Chair
M.S.Ed.: School Building Leadership (SBL)
M.S.Ed.: School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL)
The mission of the educational leadership programs is to prepare highly capable, compassionate, and ethically responsible school leaders who can meet the challenge of providing a high-quality education for all learners. The core of the programs centers on the philosophy of social justice; the fundamental belief that all children, regardless of background, can learn; and that learning occurs best in environments that foster high expectations, shared responsibility and accountability, standards of excellence, mutual respect, and equity of results.
The educational leadership programs each will provide a high-quality program of study and practice that prepares future administrators to have the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to provide effective leadership in a variety of complex and diverse school settings. To this end, the programs and faculty are committed to providing the highest level of professional preparation that will enable our candidates to address the challenges and recognize the opportunities in leading a school/district organization toward achieving standards of excellence. Technologically enhanced strategies are incorporated throughout the programs.
Educational Leadership Admission Requirements
In addition to the materials and credentials outlined in the general admission requirements, the following are required:
- The applicant must hold a New York State (NYS) teaching certificate (professional or permanent) and have at least a year and a half of teaching experience before admission to the program.
- To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher certification (or educational leadership certification) programs must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination* (GRE), or Millers Analogy Test* (MAT).
- The applicant must have completed three years of classroom teaching service, educational leadership service, and/or pupil personnel service experience in public or nonpublic schools, N–12, by the time of program completion.
- The applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from certified school administrators familiar with the applicant’s potential to be successful as an educational leader.
- At the discretion of the program Admissions Committee, an applicant may be required to come to campus for a personal interview and provide an on-demand writing sample.
- The applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for baccalaureate and/or master’s degrees from approved post-secondary institutions.
*Test scores on either of these two exams are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested. If your test scores are from more than five years ago, you will need to take the test again. We want to provide you with the opportunity to submit your application for fall 2018 and have it reviewed even if you have not yet taken the GRE or MAT. Individuals who apply for fall 2018 matriculation but who have not submitted their GRE or MAT scores may still be provisionally accepted, but must submit evidence of having earned an acceptable score on the GRE or MAT exam by January 10, 2019. If an acceptable score is not submitted by those deadlines, you cannot continue in the program until you submit acceptable scores.
For information regarding application and admission to the Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership, please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific information regarding the Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership, please contact Dr. Diane Reed at (585) 385-7250 or by email at email@example.com.
School Building Leader and School District Leader Admission Requirements
In addition to the materials and credentials outlined in the general admission requirements and the educational leadership admission requirements above, individuals applying for admission to the School Building and School District program must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 30 credits in an area that leads to permanent or professional teacher or pupil personnel services certification.
For information regarding application and admission to the Master of Science in Education: School Building Leader and School District Leader program, please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific information regarding the Master of Science in Education: School Building and School District Leader program, please contact Dr. Diane Reed at (585) 385-7250 or by email at email@example.com.