Educational Leadership-School District Business Leader, MSEd & Master's in Public Administration (MPA)

Campus: Online


About

The ever-changing demands on our public schools require administrative leaders who can successfully manage the vital business functions for success and sustainability. The Pace University School District Business Leader online program prepares flexible, visionary and reflective school business leaders with the skills necessary to create and sustain financial and operational functions within a school district to help ensure the quality of learning for all students. Instruction is online and participants will work with a cohort of peers within a professional network.

Effective 2016, the New York State Legislature requires all applicants to graduate teacher preparation and educational leadership programs to submit official scores of a standardized graduate school examination. The School of Education at Pace University is mandated to follow this new policy, and as such, we require an official score report from the GRE-Graduate Record Examination—General Test.  Performance on the GRE will not outweigh the other required criteria in your application. 

For

The MSEd in Educational Leadership-School District Business Leader & Masters in Public Administration degree track is for professionals who want to help shape public education by taking on non-instructional leadership positions to successfully manage public schools’ various business functions. Candidates who do not currently hold a master’s degree will be required to take this 60-credit track to earn an MSEd in Educational Leadership and an MPA in Public Administration, with both degrees awarded at the end of the program. The degree coursework, together with a 600-hour internship and successful completion of the required New York State certification exam, will qualify successful candidates for New York State certification as a School District Business Leader.

How You Learn

The online program was developed by the School of Education faculty at Pace University and is offered in partnership with the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Center for Educational Leadership. The MSEd in Educational Leadership-School District Business Leader & Masters in Public Administration program, which is offered online, requires active involvement and provides ongoing feedback to support student learning and skill development. There are multiple opportunities for group interaction through Blackboard’s “Discussion Board,” group assignments, and the weekly synchronous sessions. Students will be part of an online learning community who share similar interests and career goals.

Career Outcomes

The role of a School District Business Leader is becoming increasingly important in a new era of unprecedented public scrutiny and calls for accountability in the management of our schools and the resources to educate our youth. Both tracks of this program will prepare graduates for New York State certification as a School District Business Leader. Career possibilities include roles in certificated positions such as Assistant Superintendent for Business.

Schedule and Tuition

For more information about admission requirements, tuition and the program schedule, please contact Thomas P. Higgins Jr., EdD, Educational Leadership Program Coordinator in Westchester, at (914) 773-3780 or thiggins@pace.edu

MPA Coursework

Required Coursework
PAA 601Public Administration and its Environment3
PAA 603Economics of Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Entities3
PAA 606Research Design for Administrators3
PAA 699Capstone Project Seminar3
Tracks
Select one of the following:12
Government Track
Non-Profit Track
Total Credits24

Government Track

PAA 630Intergovernmental Relations1-3
PAA 641Municipal Management3
PAA 632Policy Studies3
PAA 644Seminar in Government Management3

Non-Profit Track

PAA 670The Not-for-Profit Sector3
PAA 671Law and Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Managers3
PAA 673Financial Resource Development for Not-for-Profits3
PAA 681Advanced Seminar for Not-for-Profit Management Issues3

MSEd-School District Business Leader Program

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
EEL 612 Strategic Planning for Educational Leaders 3
EEL 607 Educational Budgeting 3
 Credits6
Spring
EEL 600 Community and Inclusive School Leadership 3
EEL 602 Technology, Data Management and Analysis for Educational Leader 3
EEL 696 Internship and Seminar in Educational Administration 1.5-6
 Credits7.5-12
Summer
EEL 601 Educational Law and School Leadership 3
EEL 696 Internship and Seminar in Educational Administration 1.5-6
EEL 673 Facilities Planning 0
EEL 674 Labor Relations 3
 Credits7.5-12
Year 2
Fall
EEL 606 Educational Accounting 3
EEL 605 Management of the Inclusive Setting 3
EEL 696 Internship and Seminar in Educational Administration 1.5-6
 Credits7.5-12
Spring
EEL 609 Finance Law 3
EEL 610 School District Leadership in Inclusive Settings 3
EEL 696 Internship and Seminar in Educational Administration 1.5-6
 Credits7.5-12
 Total Credits36