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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. Prior to Fall 2015, the following courses carried a "CEQ" designator instead of "EDL"; both designators are valid.

Foundation Courses9 credits

EDL 501 – Educational Leadership Theory I
EDL 502 – Educational Leadership Theory II (prerequisite: EDL 501)
EDL 503 – Educational Leadership Practice (prerequisites: EDL 501 and EDL 502)

Core Courses18 credits

EDL 515 – School District Leadership
EDL 528 – School Law
EDL 541 – School Building Leadership
EDL 555 – Supervision of Instruction
EDL 571 – School Business Administration
EDL 572 – School Personnel Management

Research Project —3 credits

EDL 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 595 Project Seminar.

Internship and Seminar6 credits

EDL 585 – Internship in School District/School Building Leadership* (co-requisite: EDL 586)
EDL 586 – Seminar in School District/School Building Leadership* (co-requisite: EDL 585)
*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work. Students may not enroll themselves in EDL 585 and EDL 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 585 are typically completed through the school district in which the student works. 
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NYSED Requirements

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.  

Scheduling Notes

  • Most courses in the program are offered online during the Spring and Fall terms; slightly fewer courses are scheduled in the Summer Sessions.
  • 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: .