Educational Leadership: Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS)


Program Overview

This master’s degree program is designed to prepare New York State-certified teachers and pupil personnel service providers for roles in administration and supervision of preK to grade 12 educational settings.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Collaborative Leadership to Advance School Success (CLASS) is a non-traditional, research-based approach to school and district leadership development. It is grounded in a proven model of equity-focused improvement (strategic inquiry) in which participants improve performance for historically underserved students and re-design systems to better serve these and all students. The program is hands-on (participants learn leadership by leading), within an integrated set of courses led by an instructor who is an experienced leader and an expert in our model who comes to know you, your school, and the cohort well. Graduates are prepared to successfully inhabit a wide variety of leadership roles. Classes meet one evening per week either in-person or online.

Upon successful completion of the two-year program, graduates will receive a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and recommendation for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) certifications.




School Building Leader and School District Leader

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who possess a master’s degree and hold permanent or professional New York State (NYS) certification as a teacher or pupil personnel service provider within grades PreK to 12.

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Permanent or professional NYS certification as a teacher or pupil personnel service provider within grades PreK-12
  • A minimum of three years of approved teaching and/or school service within grades PreK to 12 under regular appointment (or its equivalent for counselors, social workers, and school psychologists) or two years of approved teaching and/or school service and at least one year of relevant management/leadership experience
  • Two letters of recommendation, including a letter of support from your current principal
  • On-site writing test and oral interview may be required
  • A statement of purpose. Candidates should specify which track and cohort of the Educational Leadership program (CLASS or ADSUP) they wish to be considered for as a header in the statement of purpose.
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report is required for applicants who hold PPS certification (Waived for Spring 2024, and Fall 2024 applicants).

To Apply

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and Educational Leadership (SBL/SDL) CLASS.

To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • June 1 (Extended deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 15 (Extended Deadline)

Related Programs

If you are interested in the ADSUP track of the Educational Leadership program, click here.

If you already hold New York State SBL certification, consider applying for our Advanced Certificate program in School District Leadership.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Advisor

Nell Scharff Panero

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