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  • M.S. in Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D)

    Explore our Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader Program
    Use the leadership skills you have earned and transition into a rewarding career in education.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Education
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online
    Credits:
    33

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Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D) M.S. Curriculum

Required Courses 33 Credits
Total 33 Credits

Required Courses

  • EDSA 510 Using Data for Instruction and Educational Policy
  • EDSA 520 Curriculum and Teaching: Theories into Practice
  • EDSA 535 Organization of the Community Relations Program
  • EDSA 540 Leadership in Instructional Supervision
  • EDSA 551 Organizational Dynamics and Culture of School Systems
  • EDSA 555 Educational Finance and Management
  • EDSA 560 Legal Aspects of the Administration of Schools
  • EDSA 580 Clinic for School Administrators
  • EDSA 598 Functions of Human Capital in Educational Administration
  • EDSA 590 School Building Internship I
  • EDSA 592 Administrative Internship II
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Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Rose Rudnitski Professor, School of Education
Matthijs Koopmans Professor, Educational Leadership
Esther Wermuth Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Petronella Feaster Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D) Overview

The MS program in Alternative Route: School District Leader (Transitional D) is a 33 credit program for exceptionally qualified individuals from other fields who already hold a graduate or professional degree and are able to demonstrate the nine essential characteristics of effective leaders as a result of exemplary prior service for at least three years in a leadership position.

Upon completion of this program, candidates are eligible for recommendation for School District Leader professional certification.

The successful completion of 60 semester hours or more of graduate study is required for this certification (these hours may include graduate study completed prior to admission and the graduate study required to develop knowledge and skills for school district leadership).

Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D) FAQS

Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Admission Requirements
  1. An undergraduate degree in a related field from an accredited institution, with a GPA of at least 3.0. is required. A graduate degree is also required.
  2. Letter documenting school district employment and support commitment.
  3. A résumé.
  4. Dossier documenting exemplary service in a leadership position (3 yrs.)
  5. Submission of scores on the Verbal Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning, and Analytic Writing subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Praxis are needed if the candidate does not have an earned master’s degree and NYSED teacher certification.

Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D) Fast Facts

  • 33 credit program
  • Designed for students with leadership experience in fields outside of education
  • After enrolling in the program, candidates are eligible for recommendation for the School District Leader Transitional D certificate 
  • At program completion students are eligible for recommendation to School District Leader professional certification

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Alternative Route Certification: School District Leader (Transitional D) Program will act with integrity and fairness, and in an ethical manner as they demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and dispositions: 

  1. Utilize current research findings to evaluate and modify programs and procedures in the school system. 
  2. Become knowledgeable in the use and application of technology within the classrooms, at the school building level and from a district-wide perspective.
  3.  Establish, articulate, and sustain a vision of student learning and professional growth that is shared and supported by all stakeholders to become effective school district leaders. 
  4. Identify and implement district-wide professional and in-service programs to develop the human capital that will provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities of caring, critical and reflective professionals who are responsive to the needs of a diverse society.