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About the Educational Leadership Program

The programs in Educational Leadership at Rider University prepare candidates for leadership positions at different administrative levels in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and related educational organizations. All programs are accredited by NCATE. The programs have been designed to be developmental and experiential in nature, fostering ethical behavior and the improvement of self and one’s profession. Candidates are prepared for leadership opportunities in a collegial and collaborative academic environment that promotes inquiry and discovery, personal growth and initiative, and professional development.

Option Sequences

The Option Sequences build upon and reference the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC); Standards for School Leaders, and the Standards of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, utilized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).


Principal Leadership Cohort: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

(36 credits) 

Offered by Rider’s respected and NCATE/CAEP-accredited College of Education and Human Services, the Principal Leadership Cohort focuses on equipping educators with the leadership qualities and skills needed to respond to the challenges — and opportunities — facing schools today. Focusing on transformational leadership and instructional improvement, the program aligns with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium and Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards.


Teacher Leadership Cohort:  Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership

(36 credits)

This degree program seeks students who wish to enhance their knowledge and ability to deliver content instruction and further develop their leadership skills in educational settings. This program is designed to be developmental and experiential in nature, fostering ethical behavior and the improvement of self and one’s profession. The program is based upon leadership standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). These standards emphasize performance-based learning opportunities in the areas of articulating and implementing a vision for learning, promoting effective instruction, effectively utilizing and managing resources in the learning environment, collaborating with families and community members, promoting the success of all students in an ethical manner, and recognizing the influence of the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Qualifications for Admission

In addition to completing Rider University’s Application for Graduate Admission, students are required to provide the following:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA

  2. Copies of most recent teacher evaluations for last two years

  3. Three letters of recommendation (one from supervisor, principal, colleague)

  4. A current professional résumé

  5. 500 word essay on outlook of school leadership (for Option 1 applicants) or a 500 word personal reflection on leadership in teaching (Option 2 applicants)

Degree Requirements

  1. Meet general master’s degree requirements.

  2. Candidates will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiencies developed by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

  3. Reference the ISLLC and ELCC Standards throughout the program.

  4. Develop and refine the personal leadership platform statement throughout the program.

  5. Complete a 9–12 hour standards and outcome-based growth project in each class and a 300 hour “capstone internship” in the Seminar/ Practicum courses in Educational Leadership (EDAD-591/592). CSI candidates need only complete a 150 hour “capstone internship” in the Seminar/Practicum course EDAD-510.

  6. Submit an electronic Leadership Growth Project Portfolio.

  7. Complete a comprehensive standards-based self-assessment.

  8. Complete a “Capstone School Improvement/Change Project.”