Program overview

The principal endorsement of advanced study in educational leadership and supervision is a sequence option designed for candidates who aspire to obtain school leadership positions as a director, assistant principal, or principal. Rider’s program offers a valuable internship experience with a range of learning opportunities in the field under the guidance of a school-based mentor.

Education building with flowers in front of it.

Program requirements

Candidates must hold a master’s degree, New Jersey certification as a teacher and supervisor, and five years teaching experience near the conclusion of this program. Individual requirements will be discussed during the application process to be sure that candidates are ready to proceed. Candidates will complete a year-long (300 hours) internship along with a “Capstone School Improvement/Change Project.”

The frameworks for the program have been established to meet preparatory requirements as established in the New Jersey Administrative Code (6A:9-12.5) as well as the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities inherent in educational leadership.


Bonnie Lehet

Assistant Professor, Director Teacher Leadership/Principal Leadership

Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling

blehet [at]


Academic Focus: Educational Leadership

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall