Program Descriptions

Overview of the Educational Leadership Programs

A Cohort Instructional Model

Beginning in September 2004, The City College of New York implemented a cohort instructional model in its Educational Leadership program. The cohort model is an engaging, collaborative learning process. It has several advantages.

1. All students in a cohort begin the program at the same time and move through the program as a group, taking two courses each semester. It is expected that the cohort will take one winter interim course and two courses during the summer session.

2. Only cohort members will be permitted to enroll in cohort classes in the program. Cohort membership will enhance students' opportunity for personal growth, professional development by giving them the chance to share experiences, and the development of essential leadership characteristics.

3. The cohort model creates a rich environment of peer learning and collaboration. Emphasis is placed on team-building and teamwork, both of which are important functions of schools, districts, and other learning organizations.

4. Cohort members form valuable professional relationships by creating a network of support that may be invaluable as they transition into their careers as educational leaders.

5. A faculty liaison will be assigned to every cohort. The liaison will guide the cohort through course work and field experiences and serve as the advisor to the students in the group. Opportunities will be available to work closely with schools as a cohort moves through the program.

6. Courses are problem-based and integrate the use of technology, case studies, situational exercises, and data analysis and utilization.

7. Activities are sequenced to coincide with the New York City public school calendar where appropriate.

8. Classes are held one day per week, either on campus or online.

9. Student advisement and assistance are provided.

Degrees Offered

  • Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership - School Building Leader
    An Advanced Certificate is awarded upon completion of the 21 credit School Building Leader Program
  • Master of Science in Education (M. S. Ed) - School Building Leader
    A Master of Science Degree is awarded upon completion of the 31 credit (additional 10 credits) School Building Leader Program

  • Advanced Certificate - School District Leader
    An Advanced Certificate is awarded upon completion of the 12 credit School District Leader Program. The SDL program is held only during the summer months.

Courses of Study

The Educational Leader program offers three programs from which students can choose to enroll. They are described below.

School Building Leader (SBL)

Entry Level Leader Certification Program (ELLC)

The Entry Level Leadership Certification Program (ELLC) is a 16 month, twenty-one (21) credit hour on-campus initial School Building Leadership certification only program. Targeted at entry-level leader positions (i.e. assistant principals, content coaches, department heads) in diverse, high needs urban schools, ELLC emphasizes the role of the instructional leader to address the need for "front-line" leaders in those schools.

The ELLC Program blends preparation with practice. The internship is integrated with the courses. Students are eligible to take the internship course (which is meant as a capstone experience) after earning 15 credits. Beginning in the Fall Semester, the ELLC Program concentrates on preparing a cohort of candidates to assume the moral stewardship of equity and excellence while dealing daily with "on the ground" issues of educating diverse students in urban educational settings.



  • EDLS 7101G: Dynamics of Educational Organizations (3 credits)
  • EDLS 7201G: Moral Dimensions of Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLS 7401G: Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLS 6701G: School Management (3 credits)
  • EDLS 8801G: School-Community Building (3 credits)
  • EDLS 8601G: Education Law (3 credits)
  • EDLS 7904G: Building Level Internship and Seminar (3 credits)

The ELLC Program Admissions Requirements mirror the CCNY Educational Leadership Admissions Requirements.

Masters, Educational Leadership

The School Building Leader Program leads to a Master's Degree and is designed to prepare candidates for New York State initial certification as School Building Leader (SBL) and for such positions as Elementary School Principal, Intermediate School Principal, High School Principal, Department Chair, mini-school Director, Project Coordinator, and Assistant Principal (all levels).





  • EDLS 7001G: Foundations of Educational Policy Making (3 credits)
  • EDLS 7301G: Curriculum Development (3 credits)
  • EDLS 2501I: Research and Assessment Seminar (2 credits)
  • EDLS 8501I: Field Problem Seminar (2 credits)

All courses integrate the use of technology as a tool, are problem-based, and utilize case studies and data-based decision-making instructional strategies.


School District Leader (SDL) 12 Credits

The School District Leader Program (SDL) is an Advanced Certificate Program for professional personnel who seek advanced preparation for the New York State School District Leaders' License. This program prepares candidates to assume leadership or staff roles in the central administrative organization of school districts or regions. The program permits specialization in a number of roles including but not limited to: Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Educational Administrators, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Human Resource Manager, Director of Finance and Business Management, District Director of Special Programs and Projects, District Director of Special Education, and Athletic Directors. Students must have earned an SBL license.

The School District Leader Program (SDL) only runs during the intensive summer sessions: Summer Session 1-6 credits (June) and Summer Session 2 - 6 credits (July) with continued support during the Fall semester. 



  • EDLS 8103G: Management and Operations at the District Level (3 credits)
  • EDLS 8604I: Social Responsibility, Politics, and Education (3 credits)
  • EDLS 5607G: Leadership at the District Level: Issues and Challenges (3 credits)
  • EDLS 7903G: Internship and Seminar (3 credits)

All SDL courses are offered as hybrids - part online and part in person. An Advanced Certificate is awarded upon completion of the School District Leader Program. Contact the Program Director for more information.