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Educational Administration

Educational Administration


In just 15 months, you can complete a rigorous, clinically rich Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) leading to New York State certifications in School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL).


Our new program design integrates applied fieldwork with topical course work to meet the needs of working professionals.

This 30-credit program will equip you with the theories, strategies, and confidence required of exemplary school leaders.

If you have questions, contact Art Gould, program coordinator, at gouldaj@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-2958.


Department of Educational Administration
Old Main 108
SUNY New Paltz
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

Phone: 845-257-2831
Fax: 845-257-2859


New Paltz Educational Administration programs provide in-depth study to prepare administrators and school leaders to meet the challenges of a diverse and demanding educational environment.

Program faculty are committed to the preparation of caring, critical, and reflective professionals who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled, and responsive to the needs of our diverse society.

Organizations such as the National Commission for Principalship, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, and the National Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) stress the importance of preparation programs to incorporate applied research, clinical activities, and field work. These are non-residential programs. New Paltz is NCATE-accredited.

The program offers a 30-credit Master's degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership. Three 30-credit Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) programs each offer 30 credits beyond the Master's degree. These programs enable prospective administrators to be granted certification by the State of New York. Candidates may register for :

  • School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL)
  • School District Leader (SDL) only
    Transition D - Alternative certification
  • School District Business Leader (SDBL)

State certification is needed for New York State supervisory positions. All candidates must take the State Education Department school leadership assessments as appropriate for their area of certification in order to graduate. Faculty will advise candidates as to the time in the CAS program when the assessments should be taken.

All students who apply to a School of Education graduate program will be required to complete the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)