Educational Leadership and Supervision

Graduate: Advanced Certificate, Master's Available online

School of Education & Human Services

School leaders, from principals to superintendents, must possess decision-making skills that incorporate expertise in data analysis, research-based instruction, analysis of political mandates, and the study of the impact of the community on education. Consider a Master's in Educational Leadership and Supervision if you have the desire to be a leader, focused on excellence as an educator.

Program Description

The Educational Leadership program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills essential for a successful career as a school leader. The online, competency-based program has three sequential segments, customized to your career goals:

1. Earn your New York State School Building Leader license (SBL) – SBL is necessary for employment in the public schools of New York State in roles such as building principal, supervisor, coordinator, or any position in which you serve more than 25% of an assignment in an administrative or supervisory position.

2. Earn your New York State School District Leader license (SDL) – An appointment to positions such as superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, or any position with district-wide administrative responsibilities requires an SDL.

You may apply for the SBL and/or the SDL upon completion of the SBL/SDL required courses and internship.

3. Earn your Master's degree in Educational Leadership – The MS in Educational Leadership is not required for certification, however you are encouraged to pursue the master’s degree to distinguish your candidacy for professional opportunities.

Doctorate Program Partnership

D’Youville College and Canisius College have entered into an articulation agreement to help students further their education.  Canisius students who have completed the Advanced Certificate in School Building Leader (SBL), School Building and School District Leader (SBL/SDL), or the MS in Educational Leadership can continue their education to earn a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at D’Youville College. D’Youville will accept up to 35 credit hours from Canisius College toward the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - leaving only 34 more credit hours to complete the program.

See Doctorate Program Course Listing


Canisius College's online graduate programs in education are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the nation. The rankings are based on five general categories: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. 

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