Master of Science (Program code: 080a)

The Master of Science program is a 30-credit program in Education, with a concentration in Educational Leadership. The program is designed for students who need a Master's degree to be certified in their field, but may not be able to register in a content-based program directly connected to their area of initial teaching certification. SUNY New Paltz offers other Master's degree programs that may achieve a similar result for the candidate. The Department of Educational Administration's Master's degree program will provide the candidate with an emphasis on school administration.

The program may also be part of the 60-hour Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program leading to New York State certification as a School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) or a School District Business Leader (SDBL). Each of these certification areas require additional course work, an internship, and completion of the CAS program. Candidates will also be required to pass the State assessment exam(s) for school leaders. Please access other pages of the Department of Educational Administration's website for information on these certification programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Two official copies of baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution with a 3.00 cumulative average in the major.
  • A valid initial, professional or permanent teaching certificate.
  • Three letters of recommendation from school administrators. Forms are available online or in the Application for Admission to Graduate School packet available from the Graduate School Office, HAB 804 or here.
  • Completion of Essay demonstrating leadership potential according to "Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC)." See the webpage with this information.
  • Complete the form, Graduate Credit Transfer Request, if applicable.

Program Requirements

  • File a Plan of Study with your advisor within 90 days of the first semester after matriculation. Matriculation should be completed prior to completing 6 credits. Upon acceptance, a faculty member will be assigned to the candidate as an advisor. The Plan of Study is developed in collaboration with the advisor. 
  • Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within five years of matriculation.
  • Fifteen of the required 30 credits must be 700 level credits.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.

Course Requirements (30 credits)

Educational Foundations and Electives (12-15 credits)

Liberal Arts Electives (9-12 credits)
Those using the Master's degree to satisfy requirement for teacher certification must take 12 liberal arts credits. They must also check with the State Education Department to obtain confirmation that this Master's degree will satisfy their teaching certification requirements.

EDI798 Principles of Research (3 credits)
OR other approved research course (3 credits)

Graduate level physical education courses are not accepted toward the MS or CAS programs.

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