MA in Educational Leadership -Traditional and Fast Track

Coordinator: Elaine P. Davis
Office: University Hall, Room 3194
Phone Number: (973) 655-7718


Graduate students have several options for format, time, duration and place in order to complete the specific requirements for the MA in Educational Leadership.

Our fast track option allows students to earn the full master’s degree with both principal and supervisor certifications in 14 months while working full-time. Each cohort runs on a summer-to-summer time schedule. Classes are offered on select weekends and evenings in both online and hybrid formats. The program’s structure enables working professionals the flexibility of an intensive, yet manageable course of study in an accelerated fashion.

Individuals interested in a more traditional pace of study may pursue the master’s degree through the flexible option, where they can select and schedule their courses each semester from a variety of formats: weekend, online, face2face and hybrid. Students choose their courses, schedules and formats in the way that works best for them each semester as they work toward the completion of the master’s degree.

Students who live a distance from our campus and wish to be part of the Montclair experience can take advantage of our off-site opportunities for the master’s degree and/or certifications. These courses are offered in the various regions of the state and bring our faculty expertise and student choice of formats directly to a school district.

For those interested in obtaining more information about the fast track, flexible and off-site options, please email

The fully online program offers the master's degree to students who seek the flexibility of distance learning.  All 36 credits of the master's degree are offered in 8 week sessions that are fully online.  Students will work in cohorts and follow a prescribed sequence of coursework.

‌‌Montclair State University’s online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program has been ranked the best in New Jersey – and among the top 25 in the nation – by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Online Graduate Education Programs survey.

All applicants who wish to be eligible for certification as a school leader in the state of NJ must possess a Standard New Jersey Teaching or Educational Services Certificate or an out-of-state (ie. NY, PA) Standard Teaching Certificate or Educational Services Certificate and a minimum of 3 years teaching or Educational Service experience.  On a case-by-case basis, students who do not meet those requirements may apply for “DEGREE ONLY” and will NOT be automatically eligible for NJ certification as principal or supervisor upon completion of degree.

Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership seeking to be supervisors, principals, directors, and school superintendents will participate in courses and field experiences:

  1. To help develop and/or support a personal philosophy of education and social consciousness consistent with related theories of learning and human development.
  2. To develop characteristics required for effective leadership in education.
  3. To analyze educational organizations and plan programs and strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness.
  4. To develop techniques to facilitate interpersonal and group problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. To develop skills in managing change and conflict in educational endeavors.
  6. To interpret research findings and design and implement research techniques for their organizational needs.
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Educational Leadership - Master's and Certification Programs Brochure
The Educational Leadership Programs at Montclair State University are committed to preparing outstanding and dedicated school leaders. These results-oriented, practice- driven programs guide aspiring building and district leaders to transform their passion for education into extraordinary achievements for schools and student learning.

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MA in Educational Leadership Brochure
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program prepares excellent and dedicated school leaders for the state of New Jersey. This practice-driven program will guide aspiring principals and supervisors to cultivate a democratic vision for schools and students’ learning.

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