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Lead beyond the classroom

Now more than ever, our schools need high-impact culturally responsive leadership.

Stony Brook University’s Educational Leadership (EDL) post-master's graduate certificate program prepares K-12 educators for advancement into positions at both the school building (SBL) and school district (SDL) levels. This 36-credit program leads to greater marketability and compensation potential in positions such as superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, director, principal, assistant principal, department chair, or athletic director.

As the largest program of its kind available online in New York State, the Stony Brook EDL program offers flexibility for working professionals to obtain two certifications that meet the demand for competent, confident leaders in education.

Develop the values, thinking, and practices that set you apart.

Prepare to engage with scholar-practitioner faculty who are leaders in the field of educational leadership and learn:

  • Theory and practice for the effective administration of education.
  • Sound leadership practices and decision-making within an educational community.
  • Innovative approaches to create change through cooperation and collaboration.
  • Best practices for the highest standards of professionalism in educational leadership.
Further your career and passion for leadership.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to advance your career in an educational leadership capacity and become part of an extensive professional network of alumni across New York State. 

Preferred Application Deadline: August 1 for Fall 2021

About the program.


100% online

No GRE Required

36 Credits

Multiple start dates


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For more information, email, or call us at 631-632-7759.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world. After less than 60 years of existence, it’s ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation and the top 40 public universities. The University is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. and its teacher and leader preparation programs are accredited by NCATE.

Affordable Excellence

Stony Brook's tuition rate is among the most affordable of all top-tier universities in the nation. Tuition and fees at SUNY are nearly 15% lower than the national average for public universities and 50% lower than those for for-profit institutions

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