Curriculum

Educational Leadership Programs:

  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership (SBL & SDL)
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) - School Building Leader
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) - School District Leader
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) - School District Business Leader
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) - School District Leader (alternative Trans D)

Master’s Degree Program (36 credit hours)

Niagara University’s offers the master of science degree in educational leadership online.

Masters degree School District Leader & School Building Leader Planning Guide

New York State Candidates:

This program requires New York state candidates to hold a master’s degree, teacher certification and have taken EDU 595 Educational Research & Statistics or equivalent. Evidence that the candidate has met the New York state requirements for (1) school violence prevention and (2) identification and reporting of suspected child abuse or maltreatment is also required.

Out-of-State Candidates:

Candidates outside of New York state need to hold a bachelor's degree and teacher certification.  

Required Courses

36 credit hours

In this course, leadership theory will be applied through the use of individual assessment instruments, i.e., analysis of video tapes, case studies, article critiques, role playing and self-assessment critiques. The importance of style of leadership and influences that effect style will be emphasized. Other major concepts will be analyzed utilizing the NU Leadership Matrix model. These concepts include the attributes and skills to facilitate the leadership process for managing a school building organization. The focus of this analysis is to help to assess the candidate’s acquisition of administrative attributes and skills in the context of school leadership.

Credit Hours: 3

The capstone course is an interdisciplinary approach to concepts of leadership as they relate to the school administrator. The course includes a comprehensive survey of studies and readings relative to models, styles, behaviors and problems in educational leadership. The course includes the study of motivation, job satisfaction, decision making, ethical professional behavior and the role of an educational leader as change agent and innovator in a changing society. A major focus of the course is the development of a school reform plan for a building.

Credit Hours: 3

This offering orients the individual to the functions and major principles of instructional supervision. Attention is devoted to the critical examination of current research and publications about effective supervisory behavior. Models for clinical supervision are introduced and emphasized within the framework of improving teaching performance and its impact on student achievement. Appropriate strategies for developing and implementing supervisory programs are stressed.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give the participants a background in the plan, design, implementation and evaluation of various curriculum and educational programs.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare future school building and school district leaders with the knowledge of theory and research in school improvement and the analysis of school and district data for decision making. Techniques for examining data and decision making for student achievement will be reviewed. Current technology resources useful in the school improvement process or the district management process will be demon- strated. Collection and analysis of school data will be integrated into the current themes in the educational process. The action research process as it applies to school indicators of student success will also be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3

Superintendents function in a challenging environment. With school closings, instructional changes, state standards, safety concerns, budget gaps, personnel consider- ations, community expectations and other issues facing them each day, they are often caught in the center of a societal debate. This course will examine the various roles and responsibilities of the school superintendent. The necessary relationships with the board of education, various community groups, school staff, students and other constituencies will be discussed and analyzed, including the importance of those relationships during these times of educational changes.

Credit Hours: 3

This course assesses acquired administrative skills and is one of the last to be completed in the certification program for the school district leader. The assessment component will incorporate authentic performance approaches, including written analysis, work-sample products, focused responses, oral responses, simulations and a portfolio. As a requirement for the portfolio, the student will be expected to assemble evidence of various specified experiences and expectations from previous courses. A major focus of the course is to develop a plan of action for a school district reform. The role of the urban superintendent will be emphasized throughout this process.

Credit Hours: 3

The course is designed to assist students in an understanding of the operation, financing, and reporting procedures of the following business functions: insurance, cafeteria, transportation, investments, various school accounts, purchasing, inventory, and maintenance.

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide the student with an understanding of public school law through an examination of federal and state laws affecting public and private schools in the United States.

Credit Hours: 3

This is a course for administrators, principals, supervisors and those preparing for such positions. It is expected that the student will have competencies to deal extensively with major problems and issues confronting the profession such as recruitment, preparation, certification, salaries and salary schedules, collective bargaining, ethics, teacher selection, assignment and load, induction, legal provisions, inservice education, morale, legal rights, tenure and retirement of staff.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the first half of the required internship experience for the educational leadership master’s program for school building and school district leader. The internship experiences are aligned with program standards from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Candidates will complete a minimum of 300 of the 600 internship hours required in the program, and one half of the course required portfolio requirements. Candidates are required to participate in on-line seminars. Some required hours are embedded in course activities completed throughout the program. This course is a prerequisite for EDU 825.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the second half of the required two-course sequence internship experience for the educational leadership master’s program for school building and school district leader. Candidates will complete their remaining hours towards the 600 internship hours required in the program as well as the remaining portion of the course required portfolio requirements. Candidates are required to participate in on-line seminars. Some required hours are embedded in course activities completed throughout the program. The internship experiences are aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

Prerequisites: EDu 824

Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS)

School Building Leader CAS Planning Guide

  • School Building Leader Certification - 24 hours

School District Leader CAS Planning Guide

  • School District Leader Certification - 24 hours

School District Business Leader CAS Planning Guide

  • School District Business Leader Certification - 24 hours

School District Leader CAS Planning Guide (Alternative Program - Trans D)

  • Alternative Program School District Leader Certification - 24 hours. (This program is available for those who are considered exceptionally well qualified based upon NYSED guidelines, do not have the normally required three years of teaching or pupil personnel experience, and have a potential employment offer for a position that requires school district leader certification. Candidates much enroll in the graduate program as part of receiving the Trans D certification to practice. Individuals who believe they meet the initial requirements should contact the Educational Leadership Coordinator for a consultation and step-by-step guidance on how to proceed with the NYSED requirements.