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Leadership in Education

Fall - May 25

Meet This Year's Share Fair Panel of Leadership Program Graduates

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Front row, left to right:
Latoya Yakatally, Assistant Principal (IA) IS 61 Staten Island, Cohort 22
Gennady Ladnick, MLL Services Administrator, District 31 Superintendent’s Team, Staten Island, Cohort 20
Chris DiForte, Assistant Principal, CSI High School for International Studies, Staten Island, Cohort 17

Rear left to right:
Andrea Fusaro, Assistant Principal, P.S. 247, Brooklyn, Cohort 22
Jessica McKenna, Principal, P.S. 247, Brooklyn, Cohort 7

Program Overview
This certificate program is designed to prepare qualified candidates for leadership positions in schools in New York State, with an emphasis on effective leadership in urban schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have met the statutory requirements of the New York State Department of Education for certification as School Building Leader and School District Leader. All students move through the course of studies with a cohort. This is a cohort based hybrid program, with the majority of the courses taught online. Refer to the Program Schedule for details.

The program requires 30 credits of approved coursework within a cohort model including: 24 credits in supervision, administration, curriculum, policy analysis, human relations; theory, research, and practice in educational leadership; six credits in a field experience seminar.

SDL Track
The program requires 9 credits of approved coursework. All courses have a fieldwork component, with fieldwork projects focused on district level issues.

Contact Information

Susan Sullivan

Program Coordinator

Building 3S, Room 218
Email Susan Sullivan

Sequence of Courses for SBL/SDL Track
The leadership program is a cohort-based hybrid model. It runs for five semesters: fall, spring, summer, fall and spring. In-person classes are on Saturdays and evening classes are primarily remote. The program’s courses will be offered according to the plan described below*.

Tentative Schedule


Fall 1

EDA 724  Organization and Administration of Schools, Part I (3 credits)
EDA 726  Organization and Administration of Schools, Part II (3 credits)

(2 Saturdays in person) 
(11 remote evening sessions)



Spring 1




EDA 720  Supervision and Improvement of Instruction in Schools (3 credits)
EDA 731 Research Seminar in Educational Supervision and Administration (3 credits)


(2 Saturdays in person)
(11 remote evening sessions)








EDA 728 Field Experience Seminar in Leadership in Education 1 (3 credits)
EDA 735 Law and Finance in Contemporary Schools (3 credits)

Full-time leadership internship in schools
4 hybrid sessions





Fall 2




EDA 710 Curriculum Design and Development (3 credits)
EDA 729 Field Experience Seminar in Leadership in Education II (3 credits)

(2 Saturdays in person)
(11 remote evening sessions)




Spring 2




EDA 732 Educational Leadership, Part I (3 credits)
EDA 733 Educational Leadership, Part II (3 credits)

(2 Saturdays in person)
(11 remote evening sessions)   



*Schedule subject to change with notification.

For both tracks, a master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.


  • Evidence of three years’ teaching experience in an accredited school or equivalent.

SDL Track

  • School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) or School Building Leader (SBL) Certificate
  • 51 Credits completed at the graduate level (total of 60 upon completion as required by NYSED)
  • Three years full-time teaching or Pupil Personnel Services experiences

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Request official transcripts from all US institutions attended to be sent to CAS. International Transcripts (For those who studied outside of the U.S.) will need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or  Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).  The evaluation must be sent directly to CAS.  There's a link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official evaluation. 

Application Fee:

Submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid online via the CAS application system.  Applicants who are veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves, may obtain an application fee waiver.  Veteran applicants must submit proof of their Veteran/Military status (ie., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders).  Please send proof to  Once we receive your proof, we will issue a fee waiver.

Letter of Intent:

Submit a two-to-three page essay explaining why you wish to prepare yourself for a leadership role in education. Also discuss some of your principle beliefs in education, role of an educational leader, and any experiences you had in bringing about improvements in your school or professional setting.
(The letter of intent is required for the SBL/SDL track.)

Supervisor's Questionnaire:

Applicants are required to submit a supervisor's questionnaire. (upload the completed Supervisor's Questionnaire to the CAS application system)

Letters of Recommendation:

Three professional letters of recommendation.

Applicants may be granted credit for prior coursework completed at CSI or another college or university based on determination by program faculty.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 79 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 6.5 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum required score is 100. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the Duolingo website.

Alumni Spotlight

Mary Jacob-Alex"There comes a time in your career when you know you are ready for a change, but don't know exactly what that change is.  You take that leap of faith and hope that it's the right decision.  Looking back, joining the CSI Leadership program was definitely the right choice for me.  The focuses of the program through its professors, readings, discussions, and assignments, opened my eyes to a world outside the four walls of a classroom. They pushed me to think "big picture" in how to effectively lead a school while addressing the needs of the entire community as a whole.

The best part of the program was the personal and professional connections and relationships made through the cohort model.  Over the 1.5 years, not only were friendships formed, but the participants inspired, encouraged and supported each other along the way.  Almost ten years later, many of us have stayed connected in our leadership positions and continue to inspire, encourage and support each other through the successes and challenges of our jobs."