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NJ LEAD Program

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  • This program is designed for teachers with at least five years of successful teaching experience who hold a valid master’s degree in an educational field and are ready to take the next step to lead New Jersey’s public schools as highly qualified principals. Each cohort has a maximum enrollment of 20 students.

    Professors teaching in the program are former principals, assistant superintendents, and/or superintendents. This fast-track program features an extended internship over two semesters leading to New Jersey Department of Education certification as a principal and supervisor. The program provides a practical, problem-based curriculum with a strong theoretical base in teaching and learning, assessment, organizational culture, and change.

    The program begins in July and ends the following June, using a blended course format. Students attend a few classes in the evening, work online during the summer sessions, and attend class one full Saturday a month during the fall and spring semesters.

    NJ Lead Program Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the general requirements for admission, a candidate entering the program will be required to: 

    • Hold a valid master’s degree in an educational field 
    • Show evidence of five years of successful teaching experience 
    • Pass a written essay on leadership potential 
    • Provide recommendations from two supervisors 
    • Demonstrate leadership potential in a one-on-one interview


    NJ Lead Curriculum Requirements

    Summer II: July-August  

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    EDLD 663

    Educational Admin. Leadership I—Organizational Leadership

    3

    EDLD 669 Measurement & Supervision of Learning & Teaching

    3

     

    Fall: September-December 

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    EDLD 660

    Principles of Supervision and Human Resource Management

    3

    EDLD 662 Principles of Curriculum Development and Evaluation

    3

    EDLD 690 Internship for Urban School Personnel I

    3

     

    Spring: January-April 

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    EDLD 689

    School Law and Finance

    3

    EDLD 664 Educational Admin. Leadership II—The Principalship

    3

    EDLD 693 Internship for Urban School Personnel II

    3

     

    Summer: I May-June 

    Course Number  Course Title  Credit Hours 

    EDLD 646

    Innovations in Curriculum and Educational Leadership

    3

    EDLD 640 Home, School, and Community

    3

    At the completion of the Summer I term, candidates must provide evidence of passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment as defined and required in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-12.3(b).

    *View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.


    Certification Requirements

    For Principal:  

    • Completion of a Master of Arts degree in Education 
    • Passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment

    For Supervisor:  

    • Completion of a Master of Arts degree in Education 
    • Completion of 12 credits in Educational Leadership 
    • Hold standard teaching certificate and have three years of teaching experience

    Further information and an application pack may be obtained by calling the Educational Leadership Department at 201-200-3400 or emailing the Department Administrative Assistant, Ms. Janette Rodriguez. Questions about application procedures should be addressed to Dr. Bill Bajor, Director of Graduate Admissions, 201-200-2084.