Principal Certificate

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Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and Supervision

(Principal Certificate)

The Certificate 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.

Candidates have completed a master’s degree and hold New Jersey certification as a supervisor. A second course in supervision (EDAD-511) is required of candidates who have previously taken only one course in a state-approved supervisory certification sequence. An internship experience begins with and is documented from the first course. The field-based experience under the supervision of a mentor translates leadership theory into practice. The complete internship experience begins and is documented from the first course, and the “capstone” internship experience (EDAD-591-592) concludes the program. Candidates will complete a year-long “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.

Required Courses in the Certificate Sequence
EDAD-501 Educational Leadership & Organizational Theory
EDAD-507 Education and the Law
EDAD-511 Group Process for Creative Change & Collaboration in Schools
EDAD-514 School Finance and Fiscal Management
EDAD-521 Using Research Strategies & Analysis of Data to Make Decisions in Schools
EDAD-591 Seminar/Practicum in Educational Leadership (fall)
EDAD-592 Seminar/Practicum in Educational Leadership (spring)
Headshot of Judith Stegmaier-Nappi
Associate Professor
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218C

Academic Background

EdD., Administrative Policy and Urban Education, Fordham University, 1997    

M.A.  Administration and Supervision, Montclair State University, 1992

B.A.  Psychology and Social Studies, Montclair State University, 1982

Recipient of the Montclair State University William A. Cuff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Education, 2006


Teacher of Psychology – New Jersey

Teacher of Social Studies – New Jersey

Supervisor – New Jersey