Program Overview

Canisius College offers a Master’s of Science in Education Leadership. Students with this certificate have the opportunity to serve as a preK-12 leader in schools. This program is designed for current teachers who want to become change agents in their school or district. Teachers who aspire to be principles, assistant principals, administrators, education officials, or leaders at school sites would learn valuable skills from this program. Graduates will learn to manage curriculum development, interpret test results, interact with the community, and learn to lead other teachers.

Students will take a number of courses to prepare them for leadership. These include Theory of Educational Leadership, in which students will study an overview of forces that drive today’s education. A law school course will allow students to learn the principles of public with a focus on New York State Education Law and selected federal and state cases. The supervision for instructional improvement course will focus of the role of effective instructional supervision, while the program design course will focus on concepts, strategies, and resources associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating school curriculum. A number of other courses are available for students to choose from, including school personnel administration, school business administration, principalship, school and community relations, technology tools for the administrator, development of urban teachers, advanced clinical instructional supervision, administrator and pupil personnel services, issues in school leadership, and an internship. There are also a number of online courses available for students to take.

Students pursuing the master’s degree can chose from five concentrations. The first, emerging issues in education leadership, will require a course in school leadership and community relations, a course in issues in school leadership, and a course in development of urban teachers. The second concentration is education technologies and merging media, and students will take additional courses in learning with technology, instructional design theories and models, educational multimedia design, integrating technology in a differentiates classroom, and technology tools for the administrator. The third concentration is in athletics administration. Students will take leadership in physical education and athletics, legal aspects in sport, and administrative principles of physical education. The fourth concentration in instructional leadership will require courses in differentiates instruction, integrating technology in the differentiated classroom, clinical instructional supervision, and development of urban teachers. The final option is to not select a concentration. These students will take any electives for other concentrations to complete their degree.

The goals of the educational leadership program are to teach students content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance. Graduates will also learn to demonstrate professional skills and dispositions, and show their willingness to use their newly acquired skills. The final goals of this program are to teach students self-reflection and have them gain the ability to apply their knowledge to the process of self-evaluation in their professional performance.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

    School Overview

    In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.

    Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.

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