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The Need for Exemplary Educational Leaders: What the Research Tells Us

Current research overwhelmingly supports the claim that educational leadership is an essential ingredient in any school reform effort, as well as improving student achievement. In fact, much of this research demonstrates that school leadership is second only to teacher instruction among such school related factors (Leithwood, Louis and Wahlstrom, 2004). Therefore, schools, specifically those that are deemed underperforming, are very unlikely to improve without talented leadership.

The skills that our students will need to thrive in our 21st century global economy are vastly different than that of the Industrial Age – an age for which our schools were built. While the research certainly justifies the need for high quality educational leadership, it comes at a time when the school principal has increasingly become one of the more challenging and stressful leadership positions in contemporary society. The challenges confronting the educational leader are most daunting. School communities are faced with unprecedented societal forces and challenges including, but not limited to:

  • a rapidly changing global economy that requires a different skills set of its laborers;
  • increased performance standards, accountability and academic expectations;
  • increased parental demands for quality education and alternative school choices;
  • a changing, more diverse, and increasing student population;
  • increased incidents in school violence and demands for student safety;
  • inadequate facilities and budgetary shortfalls;
  • an overall lack of teacher quality; and
  • the exponential growth of knowledge and the ongoing emergence of new technologies.

It is difficult to accurately project how the school community of this new era will be different from that of the Industrial Age. However, it is certain that the educational communities, and the schools that comprise them, will require leadership that is vastly different than that which has been typically required of the administrator. Therefore, ensuring exemplary instructional leadership for our schools will be evermore critical.

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The Ramapo College Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is specifically designed to address the aforementioned critical need. It is the mission of the Ramapo College Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program to provide prospective educational leaders the opportunity for professional growth and development that is effectively balanced in both theory and practice, allowing for experiential learning in authentic contexts that reflect the changing social, economic and political climate that currently shape our contemporary educational communities. The program curriculum and course offerings are uniquely designed to realize this mission. The 36-credit MAEL program is comprised of:

  • six (6), 4-credit hybrid format (online/on-campus) courses, each organized around required experiential learning opportunities and related authentic performance tasks; and
  • two (2), 6-credit, highly flexible and practical 150-hour field-based internships (each of which can be arranged in the candidate’s school district).

The program is designed in a manner that is practical, flexible and accommodating to the unique needs of the practicing educational professional. Harnessing the power of modern communication and distance learning technologies, students can effectively and comfortably complete all program requirements within a two-year sequence. Students who successfully complete all MAEL program requirements, have practiced successfully for five (5) years as a NJ teacher, and pass the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) PRAXIS are eligible for the Standard NJ Supervisor Certificate, as well as NJ Certificate of Eligibility as Principal (including Assistant Principal and Curriculum/Program Director).

Q1. What makes the MAEL program unique?

A: The MAEL program is uniquely designed to provide prospective educational leaders the opportunity for professional growth and development that is effectively balanced in both theory and practice, allowing for extensive experiential learning opportunities in authentic contexts that reflect the changing social, economic and political climate that currently shape our contemporary educational communities.

Furthermore, MAEL program is delivered in a manner that is practical, flexible and accommodating to the unique needs of the practicing educational professional. Harnessing the power of modern communication and distance learning technologies, students can effectively and comfortably complete all program requirements within a two-year sequence.

Q2. Who is a qualified candidate for the MAEL program?

A: Qualified candidates are those who have completed a minimum of 2-3 years of successful teaching experience, and have the desire and potential to serve as exemplary educational leaders.

Q3. Do I need to take the GRE?

A: No. However, you must provide evidence that you have passed the required PRAXIS exam for your content area and hold the appropriate standard teaching certificate.

Q4. Is a NJ teaching certificate required?

A: Yes.

Q5. Is there a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement?

A: Yes. A minimum 3.00 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) earned in a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, or demonstrated exceptional experience as determined in writing by the Dean of the respective academic unit determining admission.

Q6. How many credits are required to complete the program?

A: The MAEL program of study requires 36 credits and is comprised of six (6), 4- credit courses, and two (2), 6-credit field-based internships, each requiring 150 hours of practical experience.

Q7. What is the cost per semester hour of the MAEL program?

A: The 2015-2016 tuition is based upon $726.50 per credit.

Q8. Am I able to take only those specific courses required by the NJDOE to obtain the
Standard Supervisor Certificate?

A: No. While the program is designed to allow for such, it is the current desire of the College to enroll only those students who are interested in earning both a Ramapo College of New Jersey Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree. However, this may be a specific program offering that is reconsidered in the future.

Q9. Will successful completion of the MAEL program grant NJ certification as a
principal/supervisor?

A: Those students who have successfully completed all MAEL program requirements, have practiced successfully for five (5) years as a NJ teacher, and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) PRAXIS are eligible for the Standard NJ Supervisor Certificate, as well as NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) as Principal (including Assistant Principal and Curriculum/Program Director). Provisional certification is awarded upon obtainment and acceptance of an offer of employment in a position requiring the NJ Principal endorsement in a school or district that has agreed formally to sponsor the residency. Standard (permanent) certification is awarded by the NJDOE upon successful completion of a two-year State-approved residency program while employed under Provisional principal certification in a school or district. (N.J.A.C. 6A:9; effective February 7, 2011)

Q10. Can I apply credits earned through completion of graduate courses at RCNJ,
or other colleges/universities?

A: Yes. Up to two (2) graduate courses may be considered for transfer into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, provided the courses are from another accredited institution of higher education. In addition, decisions regarding credit transfer will be determined by the Program Director, upon careful examination of course syllabi and related assessments.

Brian Chinni
Associate Professor of Education / Educational Leadership

Year Joined RCNJ: 2008
Phone: (201) 684-7613 (Office) / (973) 476-6718 (Cell)
Email: bchinni@ramapo.edu
Office: E-221
Office Hours: TF 7:15-8:00, 9:30-10:30; Also by Appointment

Eva OgensEva M. Ogens
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education - Math / Science

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010
Phone: (201) 684-7269
Email: eogens@ramapo.edu
Office: E-229
Office Hours: M 1:30-5:30

Julie Norflus-Good
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education - Special Education, Director of the Master of Arts in Education

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010
Phone: (201) 684-7246
Email: jgood@ramapo.edu
Office: E-220

Cortney Glaubach was no stranger to Ramapo College having completed the Master in Science and Technology program years ago. Cortney said “she was interested in furthering her educational career and beginning an educational leadership program somewhere. “Ramapo College’s new Masters in Educational Leadership (MAEL) fit her new career direction, moving from the classroom to K-12 administration.

According to Ms. Glaubach, “she had a very encouraging and beneficial experience completing her Master’s in Science and Technology at Ramapo College and that she was quite confident this experience would afford her comparable opportunities for success and growth.”

Having thoroughly enjoyed her previous masters experience at Ramapo, Cortney reached out to previous professors who put her in touch with MAEL Professor Brian Chinni who provided a program overview.

Reflecting on the MAEL program, Cortney said, “I have been more than satisfied with the rigor of the coursework of the MAEL program.  Our seminars and panels have allowed for thought-provoking discussion and debate.  In addition, the readings, analysis, and presentations have both encouraged and enhanced growth as individuals, as well as an entire cohort.“

Ms. Glaubach felt fortunate to have been taught by such a professional and well-versed team of MAEL faculty members. She said, “not only were they able to provide her with a wealth of knowledge, but were also able provide positive and useful feedback in order to keep her prepared for a position in educational leadership.”

Cortney will graduate from the MAEL program in May of 2012. She said, “I feel more than and confident about accepting a job in educational leadership and promoting success to staff and students, this program has helped my leadership skills in that I feel more confident in how to be a productive and effective leader. “

When asked if she would recommend Ramapo College’s MAEL program, Cortney said, “I already have.”

Cortney Glaubach, MAEL ’12

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