Educational Leadership: CLASS Program


The Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS) program equips passionate educators with the tools to become change agents and leaders in their school communities. CLASS is a clinically-based school leadership program that engages teachers as leaders and learners, readying them to supervise and support the professional development of fellow teachers and the management of systems at the building and district levels.

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.

CLASS admits a new cohort each Spring and Fall semester. Click here for application deadlines.

Credits: 32

Certification: School Building Leader and School District Leader

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who possess a master’s degree and hold permanent or professional NYS certification as a teacher or pupil personnel service provider within grades PreK-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-12 under regular appointment (or its equivalent for counselors, social workers, and school psychologists) or two years approved teaching and/or school service and at least one year of relevant management/leadership experience
  • Two letters of recommendations, including a letter of support from your current principal
  • On-site writing test and oral interview
  • A statement of purpose
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score report is required for applicants who do not hold NYS teacher certification

To Apply

The application for graduate admission is entirely online. You can begin your application, save the information, and come back to it at a later date.

Program of Study

Select School of Education – Other Programs and Educational Leadership (SBL/SDL).

Statement of Purpose

All applicants are required to upload an essay (500 words) indicating your objectives for graduate study. Include your first and last name, and “CLASS APPLICANT” in your header. Your statement should address (1) your interest in the CLASS model, (2) your ability to participate in a school-based decision-making team.


Upload unofficial transcripts for each post-secondary school you have attended. Official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office (Room 223 North) upon acceptance to a program.


Upload your current resume with your employment history, educational history, teaching certifications and any other relevant experience or awards.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should speak to your academic ability to succeed in graduate study and to your potential in the field. You will be asked to enter the name and email addresses of two references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the application system.

One of the letters must be from your current school principal endorsing your participation on a decision-making team and addressing your ability to complete an internship at your school site.

GRE Scores

Applicants to graduate programs leading to certification must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). As of December 2017, NYS certified teachers or administrators who already hold a graduate degree are exempt from this requirement.


Eligible candidates will be invited to an interview after the application deadline.

Related Programs

If you are interested in the traditional Education Leadership program or do not have access to school-based decision-making teams, consider applying to the Educational Leadership program.

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 Coordinator

Ben Shuldiner