Why Study Educational Leadership?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
 - Margaret Mead

Be one of those citizens, one of those leaders. Imagine gathering your experiences and expertise, and choosing to engage others to follow as you lead. Becoming an educational leader means that you will model attitudes and behaviors, teach strategies and skills, and construct opportunities for others to do the same. Becoming an educational leader means that you will be a collaborator, communicator, and creator. The leader uses their influence and intellect to make a difference, and make a change. And then the role may shift, and the genuine educational leader follows those who have been led.

Educational Leadership at Le Moyne

To become that leader, Le Moyne College offers several educational leadership programs –
 • School Building Leadership (SBL)
 •School District Leadership (SDL)
 • School District Business Leadership (SDBL)
Le Moyne also partners with Central New York Leadership Development Program CNY LDP. From scholarship to internship, the educational leadership programs offer a variety of choices. Each program shares a core set of courses and specific electives that frame a curriculum of inquiry and interactions. Research-based, contemporary content and pedagogy serve as the foundation for building capacity and mastering the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). An administrative internship offers the opportunity to apply theory and practice, to take risks and alternate pathways, while being mentored and guided by college and site supervisors. 

Successful completion of the courses and internship culminates in a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) degree, followed by required New York State assessments to receive certification in SBL, SDL, or SDBL.
Le Moyne takes pride in teaching others how to lead our schools. Graduates are principals and district administrators, instructional coaches and teacher leaders. Other graduates return to the classroom to continue to guide the teaching and learning. Our graduates lead the way, and make way for other leaders.

Join the Educational Leadership Team that knows the way.

Why pursue a leadership degree at Le Moyne?

Le Moyne College is a learning community in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. Through scholarship, teaching, and service, the department is dedicated to preparing and inspiring leaders who practice participatory democracy and social justice in their classroom and schools.  In fact, one of the core courses in the leadership program is Educational Leadership for Social Justice.

The EDL programs at Le Moyne include mentoring and advisory sessions at the beginning, middle, and end points to frame the program plan and guide the student. The student also chooses a mentor to provide additional guidance. Core courses are the foundation of the EDL programs degrees and include increasing rigor in writing, authentic leadership experiences, and interactions among collaborative groups of colleagues to study and solve district challenges, to conduct research-based projects, and to consider standards, policies, and even ethical dilemmas.


About Le Moyne's Educational Leadership Programs
School Building Leadership (SBL)


Is a class of certification for school administrators that includes building level positions such as principal, housemaster, supervisor, department chairperson, assistant principal, coordinator, unit head or a supervisory position. This 30-credit program includes 24 credits of required coursework plus a 6-credit internship to earn a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies).

Learn more about the core courses in the course catalog

Is a class of certification for school administrators that includes superintendent of schools, district superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate superintendent, assistant superintendent, and any other person having responsibilities involving general district-wide administration. This 36-39 credit program includes 30-33 credits of electives selected from the SBL professional program specialty courses, or the master’s program. A total of 60 credits (including 30 from the Masters) is required for SDL certification, that is granted by New York State following the completion of coursework and successful completion of the required NYSED (New York State Education Department) assessments.  

Learn more about the core courses in the course catalog

Is a class of certification for the position of deputy superintendent for business, associate superintendent for business, assistant superintendent for business, and any other person having professional responsibility for the business operation of the school district. 

In addition to a master’s degree, this 39-credit program, includes 24 credits of required coursework. An additional 21 credits of electives must be selected from the SBL/SDL professional program specialty area courses or master’s.  A minimum total of 60 credits (including up to 21 graduate credits as transfer or Masters degree credit) is required for New York State certification.In addition to a master’s degree, this 39-credit program, includes 24 credits of required coursework.


Learn more about the core courses in the course catalog

1.   Schedule an Advisory meeting with the Director of Educational Leadership Programs. During your advisory meeting develop a program plan for the SBL, SDL, or SDBL. Review the core courses and the timeline for completion to help determine your pace. Decide whether you prefer classroom, hybrid or online classes.

2.    Register for the EDL courses

3.    Choose a mentor by deciding on a district leader, College professor, business partner or other person who will help guide and advise you on the path to leadership

4.    Complete the core courses

5.    Administrative Internship (work hand in hand with Director of EDL and District Administrator)

6.    Attend mandated Intern Seminars – 8 throughout the year at Le Moyne College

7.    Attend Graduate Reception and Commencement


The internship is possibly the most important aspect of the preparation of school administrators. An increasing body of research shows that it is during the internship that the prospective leaders develop the model of the type of administrator he or she will become. It is through the internship that the intern has the unique opportunity to develop key skills needed for leadership.

The prospective administrator works with one or more site supervisor/mentor(s) to practice the skills, knowledge and attitudes developed through the classroom portion of the leadership preparation program. In addition, the intern is exposed to practical aspects of administration, which cannot be taught in a theoretical setting.

The internship represents a cooperative effort between local school districts and the college.

The internship is a field experience with a practicing administrator that must be the equivalent to a minimum of 15 weeks (600 clock hours) full-time active participation in leadership skills worth six college credits. The site supervisor/mentor plays a key role in the practice of skills by providing a model, selecting and structuring the experience from which the intern can benefit, and allowing the intern to build competence in a “safe” apprenticeship environment.

One purpose of the internship is to provide the candidate with the opportunity to gain experience in applying theories, procedures and skills learned in the classroom to real situations.  An equally important second purpose, however, is to provide the candidate with an opportunity to place these in the context of the school, and to add the information and develop the skills which are not included in formal college classroom instruction.

Another purpose of the internship is to be a final screening device for certification. In order to be eligible for a school building leader, school district leader or school district business leader certificate, the candidate must receive a passing grade for the internship.

How Do I Get Certified as a New York State Educational Leader?

• Complete the required coursework

• Check out the NYSED website

• For SBL and SDL certification, register for and pass the required New York State assessments for the EAS, SBL, part 1 and 2, SDL, parts 1 and 2

• For the SDBL certification, register for and pass the required New York State assessments for SDBL, parts 1 and 2

• Contact the Certification Officer in the Le Moyne Education Office, Reilly Hall, Room 101, and at phone # (315) 445-4376, to file for the certifications with the NYS TEACH system

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Our candidates will demonstrate and refine professional knowledge and strategic decision making skills necessary to lead educational institutions.
Outcome 2 - Our candidates are ethical, caring leaders in the Jesuit tradition who recognize, develop and demonstrate unconditional acceptance of all members of the school community.
Outcome 3 - Our candidates possess and apply effective human relations skills that build partnerships with diverse individuals and organizations.
Outcome 4 - Our candidates model and apply effective professional and personal self-reflection in an effort to continually refine their practice.

What standards are used in the EDL programs?
National Teacher Standards
Professional Standards for Educational Leadership - PSEL


Central New York Leadership Development Program

CNY LDP is a collaboration among school districts, OCM BOCES, and Le Moyne College, designed to promote teacher leadership development that enhances student success and improves school districts.  This unique initiative is based on the National Teacher Leader Standards and Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).  It is designed to enhance teachers’ leadership skills and knowledge leading to improved student achievement.

More than Your Average Leadership Program

""The CNY LDP program allowed me the opportunity to put my leadership skills to use within my own district and to network with other future leaders. As a result of the program, I went on to finish my degree and was appointed Alternative Education Supervisor within my home district."" - Dan Stadtmiller, CNY LDP and SBL graduate, Supervisor, Alternative Education, Fulton Schools, Fulton, NY

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Maureen Patterson




Contact the Department:

Department of Education
Reilly Hall, Room 101
1419 Salt Springs Road,
Syracuse, NY 13214