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.

CLASS Cohort Options for Fall 2023

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS) is a clinically rich program, embedding coursework and fieldwork seamlessly as participants lead change at the student, adult, and system levels beginning with the first semester. CLASS is a cohort model led by the same instructor, fully integrating related concepts, such as law and state policy, into core fieldwork/internship assignments. Guest speakers round out the program. This model supports a mastery-based approach with feedback that focuses on the participants’ growth as well as the assignment itself. There is a special focus on developing collaborative leadership for equity-driven improvement. Courses take place on one afternoon/evening per week.

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

Select the link below to begin your application. In your statement of purpose indicate your preferred CLASS Cohort.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15
  • April 15 (Extended deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15

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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