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Educational Leadership Program (Combined SDL and SBL) Curriculum

This program consists of 36 credits, distributed among the four areas listed below. Please note that the courses are only available to students who are matriculated in this program.

1. Foundation Courses9 credits
EDL/CEQ 501 – Educational Leadership Theory I
EDL/CEQ 502 – Educational Leadership Theory II (prerequisite: EDL/CEQ 501)
EDL/CEQ 503 – Educational Leadership Practice (prerequisites: EDL/CEQ 501 and EDL/CEQ 502)

2. Required Courses18 credits
EDL/CEQ 515 – School District Leadership
EDL/CEQ 528 – School Law
EDL/CEQ 541 – School Building Leadership
EDL/CEQ 555 – Supervision of Instruction
EDL/CEQ 571 – School Business Administration
EDL/CEQ 572 – School Personnel Management

3. Research Project —3 credits
EDL/CEQ 595 – Educational Leadership Research Project Seminar
The goal of the Project Seminar is to teach students to understand and conduct graduate-level research that culminates in a final research paper. 
Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work.
Note: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for EDL/CEQ 595 Project Seminar.

4. Internship and Seminar6 credits
EDL/CEQ 585 – Internship in School District/School Building Leadership* (co-requisite: EDL/CEQ 586)
EDL/CEQ 586 – Seminar in School District/School Building Leadership* (co-requisite: EDL/CEQ 585)
*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work. Students may not enroll themselves in EDL/CEQ 585 and EDL/CEQ 586. Students who have completed the prerequisite course work should contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Robert Scheidet, for enrollment.

Please Note: In addition to the full semester and summer portion of the internship, there are field hours embedded in each course through authentic activities. These field hours and EDL/CEQ 585 are typically completed through the school district in which the student works. 
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Examination Requirement
In addition to their graduate course work, all students must complete required NYSED workshops and examinations for certification. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website to ensure that they are taking the appropriate workshops and examinations.  
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Scheduling Notes:

  • Most courses in the program are offered online during the Spring and Fall terms; fewer courses are scheduled in the Summer Sessions.
  • Students who wish to take on-campus courses should note that there will be only 2-3 courses offered on-campus each term. If you do not register for these courses when they are offered on-campus, you may need to take them online to fulfill the prerequisite requirements and maintain your certificate progress.
  • Please use the Student Advisement Sheet (PDF) to plan your degree progress.

Timeline: All program requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. NOTE: When a student is admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program, students may petition SPD to have Stony Brook University graduate-level courses that are older than five (5) years, and no older than 10 years, individually evaluated by the appropriate academic department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (B- grades are ineligible for review.) For transfer credits from external institutions, please see guidelines at: (PDF).

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

View the mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the EDL program.

Statement of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating (non-degree) Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.



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