School Leadership

Fordham University Graduate School of Education: Accelerated Master’s Program in Educational Leadership (AMPEL)

Fordham University Graduate School of Education is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the preparation of teachers, counselors, psychologists, and school leaders who are committed to social justice, personal responsibility and equity for all learners. The work of educational leadership, in particular, must be seen in the larger framework of educational renewal, restructuring and reform. Current New York State certification guidelines for school leaders call for evidence that candidates can exercise visionary and instructional leadership, as well as manage traditional administrative concerns such as personnel, budget, and scheduling. In a time of higher standards and increased accountability, all school leaders and administrators will need to place considerably more emphasis on the core operations of teaching and learning, on teacher leadership development, on the school’s responsiveness to diversity of talent and culture within the student body, and on school-home relations. The Accelerated Master’s Program in Education Leadership (AMPEL) is committed to leadership preparation that involves integrating action and reflection; social justice; knowledge production and life-long learning; and civic responsibility.

Program Description:

  • AMPEL is an intensive one-year master’s degree program (30 credits) consisting of intensive weekend courses (Friday late afternoon/evening and all day Saturday) and full week institutes (summer, etc.)
  • Candidates engage in a full year clinically-rich internship (6 credits) at the candidate’s home school
  • Learning is standards-based and aligned with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, Educational Leadership Constituents Council, NYSED, and DOE standards for school leaders
  • Learning is theory and practice-based involving problem/project-based learning, case studies, data analysis, examination of current trends and priorities, simulations, readings, walk-throughs, internships, mentoring, etc.
  • New cohorts begin each July at our Lincoln Center campus and our Westchester/West Harrison campus contingent on sufficient enrollment
  • Accepted DOE candidates endorsed by their principals will receive a 20% tuition remission


  • A least two years of paid, full-time teaching/counseling experience
  • Current employment as a full-time teacher/counselor in a K-12 school
  • Endorsement by current principal and/or network leader/superintendent
  • Satisfaction of the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the Fordham Graduate School of Education
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to leadership in public school

Key dates:

  • Submit a letter of intent to apply to Dr. Lee by February 1, 2014
  • Deadline for applications has been extended to March 1, 2014
  • Program begins July 2014


  • Dr. John W. Lee at for additional information
  • For complete program flyer and application information and materials: Click here.