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Warner School, Rochester City School District Partner for Urban School Leadership Program

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the Rochester City School District (RCSD) have launched a two-year certification program to prepare urban school leaders.

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Dawn MarulloDawn Santiago-Marullo
Dawn Santiago-Marullo had read Stephen Covey and other authors known for their effective management tips, but a book she studied while at Warner—titled Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership—has been the most pivotal influence in her job as superintendent of the Victor Central School District.

Graduate Programs in K-12 School Leadership

The Warner School’s graduate programs in K-12 school leadership instill in students a passion to take the initiative and develop skills to inspire and facilitate change in America’s schools. Through our MS, EdD, and certification programs, we prepare students to become skilled, knowledgeable, and creative leaders in elementary and secondary schools and districts, as well as professors and researchers of school administration and leadership at postsecondary institutions.
As advocates for thoughtful leadership, graduates understand how to motivate others, make decisions, manage people and processes, and enable individuals to reach their highest potential. They also bring reflective and conceptual thinking skills, as well as a broad array of leadership talents, to the challenge of improving schools.
Warner offers students numerous options in the study of K-12 school leadership, ranging from a non-degree program leading to New York State certifications for K-12 school administrators to doctoral programs that combine advanced coursework and research in administration. We offer programs for people seeking NYS leadership certification at the school building level (SBL) and/or school district level (SDL), as well as for already certified administrators who want to learn more and advance their career. Extensive coursework in areas such as leadership, decision-making, and management is common to all programs. In addition, students interested in leadership positions in private schools may specialize in religious or independent school leadership with any of our programs.

New Graduate Entrance Exam Requirement for Educational Leadership Applicants
New York State has approved and enacted a law that requires all colleges and universities with graduate-level teacher and educational leadership programs to require candidates to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or a substantially equivalent admission assessment, effective July 1, 2016. See full announcement to understand what is now required and how that impacts students starting in Summer and Fall 2016 and beyond.

Programs preparing for NYS school leadership certifications for students interested in acquiring the credentials to become K-12 school administrators (additional concentration in private schools is also available):
Leading to School Building and School District Leader certification
Leading to School Building Leader certification
Leading to School District Leader certification
Programs for school administrators interested in advancing their careers for school administrators who have the necessary credentials but are interested in advancing their administrative careers, preparing future administrators, or doing research in school administration and leadership:
New York State Certification Exams
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires Initial School Building Leader certification candidates to pass a examinations before they will be eligible for certification.
  • Revised School Building Leader Assessment (SBL)
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Information regarding the examinations is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp