The MPA Education Leadership Specialization is grounded In the conviction that students need a firm foundation in both public administration and public policy. The coursework for the Education Leadership includes the completion of core MPA courses, specialized educational policy courses, and a capstone course.

The MPA degree is designed to expose students to real life issues and provide for a learning environment where they are able to make connections between theory and practice, and ultimately the impact that high-quality school leadership has on student achievement. 

Twelve of the MPA degree’s required 42 credits are EPLC seminar credits, designed specifically to prepare students for roles in education leadership and policymaking.

For information specific to the leadership specialization of the MPA program, contact faculty advisor Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago at (856) 225-6348 or

Degree Requirements 

Education Leadership Specialization (effective summer 2017).  Students admitted beginning with Summer 2017 follow the requirements noted below.  Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 – see note below. 

The MPA degree requires 42 credits of course work.  

Core of Common Knowledge (21 credits)

  • 501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • 515 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance
  • 525 Public and Nonprofit Management
  • 535 Research Methods
  • 557 Human Resources Management
  • 600 Education Law and Finance
  • 621 Capstone Research Workshop – Prerequisite: all core courses

Education Leadership Specialization (12 credits)

  • 522 Educational Supervision of Instruction*
  • 536 Public Information Systems
  • 548 Developing Curriculum for Deep Learning*
  • 558 Leadership and Communication

Education Leadership Internship (6 credits)

  • 544 Internship II (6 credits) 300 hours

Education specialization electives 

Choose one or two courses from:

  • 545 Models for Planning and Policy in Education
  • 546 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Education
  • 547 Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement*
  • 549 Curriculum Leadership*
  • 570 Labor Management Relations
  • 601 Writing for Policy and Administration 

* These courses can be used to fulfill the NJDOE requirements for Supervisor endorsement. Successful completion of this program meets the academic requirements for the following administrative or supervisory endorsements: (1) School Administrator endorsement required for any position that involves services as district level administrative officer (i.e., Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director; (2) Principal endorsement required for any position that involves services 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); (3) Supervisor endorsement required for both Supervisors of Instruction and Athletic Directors who do not hold a standard principal’s endorsement. For students matriculated after September 1, 2008, the 300-hour internship will fulfill the NJDOE requirements for the supervisor and principal endorsements.


Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 have the option to use the new requirements or the requirements in place at the date of their admission  Prior version (2015) can be found here Educational Policy and Leadership Specialization Worksheet.