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Educational Leadership (MAEL)


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About M.A. in Educational Leadership (MAEL)

Are you a prospective educational leader who is seeking leadership opportunities in your profession, or simply wishes to enhance your overall knowledge and skills? Would you like to obtain standard NJ Supervisor and Principal Certificate of Eligibility – and – a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree in only one year? The MAEL program of study is uniquely designed to provide you with the opportunity for intensive professional study and development.

The program is comprised of a cohesive framework of courses that are well-grounded in important theoretical studies and a progressive sequence of field-based opportunities to allow for the application of such theoretical models in the school environment.

Classes you can take:

Effective Educational Leadership and School Management, Evaluation and Supervision to Promote Student Academic Success, Change Leadership: Administrators as Change Agents and Instructional Leaders, School Law: Legal Issues Affecting Contemporary American Education

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Career Opportunities

The successful completion of the MAEL degree presents a range of professional opportunities, including supervisor, assistant principal, principal, program director and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$40,730 - $88,420
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare$36,930 - $159,240
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary$92,780 - $168,650
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$86,230 - Varies
Education Administrators, All Other$60,120 - $150,130
Instructional Coordinators$36,070 - $116,330
Self-Enrichment Teachers$22,350 - $100,810
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School$51,670 - $97,710

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

At Ramapo, you will learn through an accelerated hybrid or online format, uniquely designed in a manner that is practical, flexible and accommodating to the specific needs of the practicing educational professional. Harnessing the power of modern communication and distance learning technologies, both the hybrid and online formats allow you to effectively complete all program requirements within one calendar year. Essentially, you can become a supervisor in a summer, if you already hold a Master’s degree, or a school administrator in just one year.

The program is specifically designed to address the critical need for a new and progressive style of leadership. 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.