Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies (ELPS) offers graduate study for education professionals who wish to enhance their careers with advanced degrees, certifications, and endorsements. The ELPS Department offers a variety of programs designed to meet graduate students’ personal and professional goals, which may include educational research, teaching, supervising, and providing leadership as directors, principals, librarians, or curriculum specialists at all levels of instruction: elementary, secondary, and higher education. Courses are offered on campus, online, and hybrid. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • MA in Higher Education Administration
  • MEd in Curriculum and Learning with concentrations in Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Education, School Library Media, and Teaching Children Mathematics
  • MEd in Educational Leadership
  • MEd in Literacy with concentrations in Reading or Language Arts
  • Graduate Certificate: Principal (SCPR)
  • Graduate Certificate: Associate School Library Media Specialist (NJ #2845)
  • Graduate Certificate: School Library Media Specialist (NJ #2855)
  • Graduate Certificate: Reading Specialist (NJ #3310)
  • Graduate Certificate: Middle School (5-8) Math (NJ #1102)
  • Graduate Certificate: Middle School (5-8) Language Arts and Literacy (NJ #1106)
  • Graduate Certificate: Bilingual (NJ #1480)
  • Graduate Certificate: ESL (NJ #1475)
  • Graduate Certificate: Supervisory (NJ #0106)
MA in Higher Education Administration
The program is designed to enhance the professional and career development of current and future managers, leaders, and executives within institutions of higher education. 

MEd in Curriculum and Learning
Bilingual/English as a Second Language Concentration: Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and /or ESL teachers.

MEd in Curriculum and Learning
Early Childhood Education Concentration: Students are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education.  Some of the courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate.

MEd in Curriculum and Learning: School Library Media Specialist
You will have the opportunity to lead the way in developing twenty-first century skills, with an option for endorsement as a School Library Media Specialist (36 credits in total).

MEd in Curriculum and Learning: Teaching Children Mathematics Concentration
Graduates are prepared to become grade level leaders of mathematics education in their schools. Principles of inquiry and applications for classroom research are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate.

MEd in Educational Leadership
Upon successful completion of this two-year cohort master's program, candidates receive their MEd in educational leadership, supervisory endorsement, and after successfully passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis exam, candidates are eligible for principal licensure by the New Jersey Department of Education.

MEd in Literacy with concentrations in Reading or Language Arts
The program is designed to prepare graduate students who are certified teachers to work professionally in the highly specialized field of reading and writing to P-12 students. Graduates are also qualified to work with college-level students and adults who are experiencing literacy problems. Some of the courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate.

Graduate Certificate: Principal (SCPR)
Upon successful completion of this two-year cohort based certification program and after successfully passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis exam, candidates are eligible for principal licensure by the New Jersey Department of Education. Options exist for an additional 6 credits to also obtain the supervisory endorsement.

Graduate Certificate: Associate School Library Media Specialist (NJ #2845)
This program prepares candidates to be recommended for certification as an Associate School Library Media Specialist in all New Jersey public schools under the supervision of a certified school administrator, principal, or supervisor.

Graduate Certificate: School Library Media Specialist (NJ #2855)
A certification as a School Library Media Specialist will enable students to acquire an endorsement to work in all public schools in New Jersey as a school librarian.

Graduate Certificate: Reading Specialist (NJ #3310)
Graduates will be certified in New Jersey to be a reading/literacy coach or specialist. Some of the courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate.

Graduate Certificate: Middle School (5-8) Language Arts and Literacy (NJ #1106)
The endorsement entitles teachers to teach language arts and literacy full-time in grades 5 through 8.

Graduate Certificate: Bilingual (NJ #1480)
Graduates will be eligible to teach in bilingual-bicultural programs.

Graduate Certificate: ESL (NJ #1475)
Graduates will be eligible to teach in ESL programs.

Graduate Certificate: Supervisory (NJ #0106)
This endorsement authorizes the holder to be employed as a supervisor of instruction and athletic director (for those who do not hold a principal's endorsement) as well as an assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum and/or instruction in public schools.