The Education Leadership Specialization is one of the three degree specializations in the Master of Public Administration program. The specialization is designed to prepare students interested in pursuing leadership roles as administrators in educational settings and in the public and private sectors.

Created in 2003, the specialization serves as the only program at Rutgers-Camden for educators who are interested in pursuing the MPA degree with professional training specific to education. It offers a unique mix of academic experience in instructional as well as managerial leadership.

The Educational Leadership Specialization provides a distinct program of study:

The students earn a Master in Public Administration (MPA). The degree may be pursued on a full time (two-year) or part-time (four-year) basis.  Students engage in rigorous core MPA coursework, specialized education leadership courses and elective policy and leadership courses that include options for specialized seminars and internship opportunities.

Upon completion of the MPA program, successful participants earn an MPA degree with an Education Leadership specialization and fulfill the academic requirements for the following New Jersey administrative and/or supervisory endorsements:

  1. School administrator endorsement required for any position that involves service as district level administrative officer (i.e., superintendent assistant superintendent, director; 
  2. Principal endorsement required for any position that involves service as an administrative officer of a school or other comparable unit within a school district (i.e. assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, principal, assistant principal, vice-principal and director); and,
  3. Supervisor endorsement required for both supervisors of instruction and athletic directors who do not hold a standards principal’s endorsement.

Our alumni have a successful track record of career advancement in New Jersey school districts, with over 80 percent of Education Specialization alumni appointed to leadership positions in schools. 

View the  Education Leadership Specialization requirements here.  

Specialization Worksheet

Download a PDF of the current Education Leadership Specialization Worksheet.

Students admitted prior to summer 2017 may also use the 2015 specialization worksheet, click here.

Please contact the Faculty Coordinator for the MPA–Education Leadership Specialization for more information on the MPA Education Leadership Specialization: 

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago
321 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6348