Program Highlights

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Principal Leadership Highlights

The 36-credit program of study consists of 12 courses that focus on three areas of leadership: 

  • Personal Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Culture Leadership

An accomplished and distinguished faculty whose members bring deep practical and theoretical knowledge to their disciplines leads the program. There is close integration of coursework and fieldwork, using techniques such as case studies, problem-based learning and journaling to encourage continuous reflection about the connections between theory and practice.  The curriculum heavily emphasizes teaching and learning, school redesign and collaborative decision-making.

Relevant field-based experiences (Leadership Growth Projects) are also integrated throughout the program of study, beginning with the very first course, including:

This year-long aspect of the program emphasizes both the management and instructional facets of leadership for increased student performance. Coordinated by the program director at Rider and a school-based mentor, participants develop the skills needed to strategically transform public schools that prepare students for college and career success

Summer residencies will be conducted in July on Rider’s Lawrenceville Campus, each two weeks in length (four days per week). During the residency programs, candidates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with their cohort colleagues, professors and other experts in the field.

Classes for both Rider’s Principal Leadership Cohort and Teacher Leadership Cohort begin in July each year. Through cooperative planning efforts, there will be selected opportunities when participants in both programs will meet together as one group for collaborative sessions.

Students may be eligible to start the programs in fall and spring semesters.  Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

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Principal Leadership Overview
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To Learn More
If you are interested in the Principal Leadership Cohort of Rider’s M.A. in Educational Leadership, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099
[email protected]
800-257-9026 or 609-896-5036