Administrative and Instructional Leadership

To achieve success on the personal and community levels, today’s education administrators must be adequately trained in key aspects of education, including the community, society and service. When compassion for the student and passion for change and excellence are at the heart of your training, you will earn much more than a degree…you will make a difference in the world.

Accordingly, the University’s Department of Educational Administration and Supervision is set up to provide carefully designed opportunities and the highest-quality education for students who are preparing for various administrative, supervisory and leadership roles in school districts and other educational constituencies.

These programs also prepare students for New York State provisional certification as School Administrator and Supervisor (building level certification) and for certification as School District Administrator.

Additionally, the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership offers programs in teacher education, curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership. This program leads to an Advanced Certificate and a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership.

For further information, students are advised to contact their academic advisor or the Chair.

Department Contact

Dr. Barbara Cozza
Chair and Professor of Education Administrative and Instructional Leadership
Sullivan Hall Room 512 
[email protected] 
718-990-1569

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership (DAIL) at St. John’s University offers an Ed.D.  in Instructional Leadership to qualified students, with the option of joining a doctoral cohort in several locations within the New York Metropolitan area.  A cohort typically consists of students who progress through their program as a group.

The Ed.D.  in Instructional Leadership is a 60-credit program. Candidates with advanced graduate work from a State registered and accredited program may transfer in up to 15 credits toward the Ed.D. Degree. Transfer credits may be from a variety of disciplines such as Educational Administration, School Counseling, Sociology, Bilingual Education, or Special Education.

You and your colleagues will learn at an ideal location with the most desired schedule for course delivery. (Please note that a portion of the program must be completed on the Queens campus.)

Admission requirements include a review of transcripts, satisfactory scores on the GRE, and a successful interview with Department faculty.

The cohort model allows students:

  • to receive individualized guidance from faculty advisors,
  • to have a finite degree plan in place,
  • to build social and professional networks  with their fellow cohort peers,
  • to have institutional and academic support throughout the duration of the program,
  • to complete a research study that contributes to current research and practice in instructional leadership,
  • to present their work at the Departmental Annual Doctoral Symposium and
  • to receive support with professional publishing and conference presentation.

For more information on a specific cohort, please contact:

Sarah Lawrence (SLC) Cohort / BMCC Cohort / HCC
Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio
[email protected]
718-990-5277

Hewlett Cohort / NCC Cohort / Bellmore-Merrick Cohort / Great Neck Cohort
Dr. Mary Ellen Freeley
[email protected]
718-990-5537

Nassau BOCES Cohort
Dr. Barbara Cozza
[email protected]
718-990-1569

Long Island Graduate Center/Stony Brook University Cohort / Nassau BOCES Stony Brook Cohort / Suffolk Community College Cohort / LIC Cohort / Dowling 2 Cohort / Dowling 3 Cohort
Dr. Anthony Annunziato
[email protected]
718-990-7781

District 30 Cohort / NYCDOE Cohort
Dr. Catherine DiMartino
[email protected]
718-990-2585

District 29 Cohort / Dowling FS1
Dr. Rene Parmar
[email protected]
718-990-2503