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EDL Application Information

Admission Requirements

Prospective students entering the Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership MUST submit the following materials for admission:

  1. Master's degree. Your official transcript must indicate the conferral of a master's degree, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  2. New York State Permanent or Professional Teaching Certificationplus three years of full-time teaching, administrative, supervisory, or pupil personnel service experience, excluding civil service.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. Two recommendation letters from school supervisory personnel or administrators who have a thorough knowledge of whether you have the temperament and disposition to become an effective leader.
  4. Personal statement. The required 750-1000 word personal statement should be a reflection of your ability to approach graduate-level work successfully, using creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research. Your personal statement must be your own original work. The statement should address the following: 
    • What is your purpose in pursuing this degree/certificate?
    • How have you prepared yourself for this field of study? (Include any relevant professional experience.)
    • Specifically, how will this degree/certificate assist you in advancing both your professional and personal goals?
    • Describe your research and study interests and any other aspects of your background, skills, or qualifications that would aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be requested.

How to Apply

To expedite the application and admissions process, please upload and/or send all materials to the SPD contact as required by your program at the time of submission of your application.

      • Applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, any other required materials and a nonrefundable $100 application fee are submitted online through the Slate application portal. 
      • Students who take any courses on campus will also be required to send Student Health Servicea completed immunization/meningitis form, which must be received before the first day of their first on-campus term. Visit Student Health Service website for more information.
      • Official transcripts must be sent electronically (PDF format) to directly from the issuing institution. Be sure to enter this email address when prompted on your institution's order form. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate School or Undergraduate Admissions.  In rare cases and only with approval, should official transcripts be sent by mail to:

School of Professional Development- Educational Leadership
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434 (must include the last four digits)

Applicants may expect to hear from the School of Professional Development (SPD)/Stony Brook University via email regarding an admissions decision typically within two business weeks after receipt of the completed application. SPD must be in receipt of complete applications by the published deadline for the requested term of admission, Fall, Spring or Summer, in order to be reviewed by the EDL Admissions Committee.

Application Deadlines

SPD accepts applications on a rolling basis, with three admit terms a year – Fall, Spring and Summer. Applications submitted by the dates listed below will be granted priority review. Completed application packages received after this date will be accommodated as space permits.

If an applicant's package is missing materials and cannot be reviewed for the upcoming term, the application will be held for processing for the next admissions cycle.

Priority Deadlines

Online Students:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1



Teachers Center Cohort Students Only:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Spring I: November 1
  • Spring II: December 15
  • Summer: May 7

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Contact Information for Applicants

School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Tel. (631) 632-7759

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