Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Supervision with Principal and Supervisor Certification (Option A)

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Supervision (Option A) program at the GSE is nationally certified by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and prepares candidates to obtain NJ principal and supervisor certification. Experienced certified educators who enroll in this program seek to advance in their current position and demonstrate the core competencies needed to be effective leaders in public and private K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Candidates commonly work for local school districts, charter schools, or other educational institutions while completing the required coursework. The program curriculum includes an Educational Administration core focusing on topics encompassing educational law, public school finance, school-community relations, supervision of instruction, and leadership communication. Students are also required to select two elective courses at the approval from the Educational Administration advisor. Students will develop their skills in, and be evaluated on, the principles of general and instructional leadership and management, as well as their ability to demonstrate the basic knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively within various educational contexts.

    This program does not accept transfer credits earned at other institutions or universities. This program requires a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate for admission, as well as a minimum of 3 years of successful, full-time employment working as a classroom teacher. Upon completion of the program, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility (CE) with principal and supervisor endorsements. The following two programs are also available for candidates seeking an Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Supervision:

      • Option B: Prepares students for New Jersey principal certification only
      • Option C: Prepares students in general administration (non-certification)

    For more information about the Option A program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1 / Nov 1

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring

    Program Level


    Program Type

    Degree + Principal Certification + Supervisor Certification





  • What You’ll Learn

    Through research-driven curriculum and guidance from expert faculty, candidates enrolled in this program will deepen their knowledge of educational administration and refine their leadership skills to become agents of change promoting each student’s academic success and well-being. Coursework will focus on topics including educational law, public school finance, school-community relations, supervision of instruction, and leadership communication. Depending on chosen electives, students will also have the opportunity for deeper examination into subjects in curriculum development at the elementary, middle and junior high school, and secondary school levels. Graduates of the program will possess the ability to develop and support academically rigorous, equitable systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that effectively facilitate student learning and academic success.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    This program typically takes 2.5 years to complete and requires:

    • 39 Graduate Course Credits
      • 27 Credits – Required Educational Administration Core Courses
      • 6 Credits – Required Supervisor Certification Courses
      • 6 Credits – Curriculum Elective Courses
    • School Leadership Series Tests
      • To be certified as a principal in New Jersey, graduates of the GSE’s masters program in educational administration must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). For more information on the SLLA, see https://www.ets.org/sls/states/nj

    Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    The Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Supervision (Option A) program prepares candidates for principal and supervisor certification and leadership positions in New Jersey public and private K-12 schools and higher education institutions. According to the State of New Jersey Department of Education, these positions may include assistant principal, vice-principal, principal, director, or assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Principal and Supervisor certification authorizes candidates to provide educational leadership and direction as it pertains to the objectives, policies, and budgets of the school systems they serve. Holders of these certifications may also participate in supervising and developing school operations and education programs, evaluating school staff, and providing strategic guidance to school leaders and practitioners to promote high-quality, culturally-competent instruction.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
      • One letter of recommendation must be authored by the applicant’s current or previous school principal or superintendent, on school letterhead, certifying the completion of three years of successful, full-time employment under a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Official Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
    • Photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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