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School Building Leadership, Master of Science in Education

Administrative and Instructional Leadership


The graduate programs in Educational Administration enable educators to acquire scholarly knowledge, technical skills, intellectual curiosity and legal and ethical awareness in order to make a positive contribution in the organization and administration of public and nonpublic schools. The programs seek to produce informed leaders whose expertise will be well grounded in theory to support their efforts to deal with varied issues and problems in the school setting and to make innovative contributions to the reform and restructuring of current educational practice.

St. John’s University has offered a high quality degree program in School Administration for the last 75 years. St. John’s has always been committed to excellence, as well as to keeping our programs relevant to the needs of the students. We have designed the master’s in Administration to comply with New York State regulations, keeping in mind the technological, cultural, political, social and economic changes that our students face in their school communities.

St. John’s is also committed to being a leader in technology. We offer one of the first completely online degrees for a School Building Leader Master’s and a District-Leader Advanced Certificate, recognized by New York State.

Permanent Teaching Certification in an Administrator’s Degree
The degree includes a subject-matter concentration that can qualify teachers for both permanent teaching certification as well as building-level administrative certification. If a teacher already has permanent certification they may specialize in an additional area such as Gifted & Talented Education, Special Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Instructional Technology, or Curriculum Studies. 

Please note that the full degree cannot be taken at the Long Island Graduate Center and at least one course must be taken at our Queens campus.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.


  • EDU 5415 Introduction to Educational Administration
  • EDU 5471 Leadership in Instructional Supervision
  • EDU 5571 Administrative Leadership & Planned Change
  • EDU 5650 School Based Data Analysis
  • EDU 5651 School Community Relations in Education
  • EDU 5761 School Based Business Administration for Administrators and Supervisors
  • EDU 5791 Legal Aspects of the Administration of Schools
  • EDU 5418 Administrative Theory in Education
  • EDU 5743 Educational Planning: An Integration of Professional Capital Agendas
  • EDU 5811 Administration and Supervision of Services for Diverse Students
  • Early Childhood Ed. 7122, 7126, 7128
  • Gifted & Talented Ed. 7410, 7411, 7412
  • TESOL Ed. 7000 9002, 9004
  • Instructional Technology Ed. 7665, 7666, 7667
  • EDU 5950 Internship Seminar in SBL
  • EDU 5499 General Review and Exam Preparation: SBL

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.

Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.

Additional Information

What you Need to Know (Gainful Employment Disclosures) 

The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the role of instructional supervision in creating a learning environment that supports student achievement.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the function of instructional supervision within the overall organizational structure of schools.
  • Identify the distinct instructional and leadership roles of supervisors working with classroom teachers that support and sustain effective learning environments for students and staff.
  • Illustrate selected supervisory techniques and strategies and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Critique the effectiveness of formative and summative evaluation in the supervision process.
  • Construct a paradigm of professional development that focuses on mentoring and collaboration

Understand the knowledge and skills required of school leaders.

  • Demonstrate the ability to share and promote an articulated vision for schools.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal and human relation skills needed for goal setting, problem solving and decision making in a collaborative working environment.
  • Apply leadership skills within and beyond the school community with emphasis on parents, business partners and professional organizations.
  • Manage the finances, facilities and other noneducational services necessary for the operation of a school.
  • Affiliate with professional organizations (PDK, ASCD, ASBO etc.) in order to broaden and strengthen professional growth.

Demonstrate knowledge of the current research, major theories, models and principles of teaching and learning.

  • Describe the relationship between curriculum, instruction and teaching and learning
  • Compare the differences among teacher styles, teacher processes, teacher behaviors, teacher effectiveness and their influence upon learning
  • Design teaching and instructional prescriptions for responding to individual students’ abilities, needs and interests
  • Evaluate the use of appropriate student support services to meet the individual learning needs of students

Understand the value, power and role of maintaining a high standard of personal and professional ethics.

  • Setting a standard and developing a plan for educating students about personal and social responsibility.
  • Communicating the dilemmas and difficulties of ethical decision-making by demonstrating a willingness to risk your own self-interest for the sake of organizational and community goals.
  • Maintaining a high level of personal, professional and academic integrity.
  • Establishing a strong relationship with the larger community by understanding its values, beliefs and principles.
  • Taking seriously the perspectives of others by listening and working within the community.
  • Establishing clear legal, social and organizational parameters for ethical decision-making while displaying the courage and willingness to take risks and accept responsibility for the outcome.

Understand the value of human resources in leading an organization.

  • Recognizing that the people in the organization are its greatest resource by valuing the professional contributions of the staff, developing the staff’s ability to relate to people and fostering collaborative relationships within and outside the school community.
  • Acknowledging and supporting each individual’s skills by including their contributions in determining and realizing the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Developing the interpersonal skills that help employees relate to others, improve work processes that facilitate the organizations’ collective efforts, and address the needs of individuals as well as groups.
  • Trusting the strength of others by valuing their efforts and contributions and by formally and regularly recognizing those efforts.

Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that will make a significant contribution to the field.

  • Develop procedures for independently investigating educational issues using both statistical and qualitative methods.
  • Analyze the existing body of research in order to make recommendations for appropriate programs, products and services for schools and districts.
  • Draw reasoned interpretations from investigations to make informed decisions regarding educational issues.
  • Apply professional and ethical standards to research and to work in the field

Program Contact

Catherine DiMartino, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Education Administrative and Instructional Leadership

Sullivan Hall 513
[email protected]