Undergraduate Contact Information

Education Program

Sr. Teresa A. Bruno, S.C., Ed.D.
Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Coordinator
Santa Maria Hall
First Floor, Room 10G

Phone: (973) 290-4341
Email: tbruno@cse.edu

Graduate Contact Information

Education Program

Dr. John R. Crews
Educational Leadership Program Chairperson
Santa Maria Hall
First Floor, Room 10G

Phone: (973) 290-4382
Email: jcrews@cse.edu

Overview & Mission

The College of Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a leader in teacher education since its founding over 100 years ago. In more recent years, the College has expanded its offerings to include graduate-level teacher certification and M.A. degrees in Education. Those who have earned their certifications and degrees at CSE continue to compete favorably for teaching positions.

CSE faculty recognize that programs in teacher education constantly must evolve to meet the demands of professional standards, state and national requirements for certification, expectations of regional and national accrediting bodies, and the changing criteria for highly-qualified teachers. To ensure the excellence of all CSE certifications and degrees in Education, the undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Flowing from the institutional mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the specific mission of all undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education is to prepare competent, caring, responsible, professionally active educators who emerge as empowered leaders in their profession.

Student Outcomes

Students who earn CSE degrees and certifications in Education will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the subjects they are expected to teach.
  • Demonstrate competence in planning, teaching, and assessment through appropriate pedagogical strategies designed to address the diverse needs of learners and to promote literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Increase their capacity to create for students inclusive, supportive, safe and respectful classroom environments that sustain intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
  • Promote the dignity of each individual, respecting the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political perspectives, and other ideologies.
  • Recognize the purpose of information and its application in the development of knowledge and enhance their skills in locating, evaluating, and effectively using information in decision making.
  • Develop skills in technology to support 21st century teaching and learning.


Students completing CSE undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs can earn a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in the following areas: P-3, K-6, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, and K-12 Subject Area in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, French (graduate level only), Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.

The New Jersey State Department of Education awards permanent certification to all provisional teachers who successfully complete the state-required induction year in school districts.

CSE alumni teach in schools throughout New Jersey and the nation.

Education Program

M.A. in Education

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and Certification Programs approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education in Early Childhood (P-3), Elementary Education (K-5), Secondary Education (K-12), and Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities). The Master's can also be earned by combining initial certification and endorsement certification.

Program Philosophy

The graduate degree program in education offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth prepares education professionals to assume leadership roles in meeting the challenges of educational settings that represent current cultural, social, technological, economic, learning and health factors, and global concerns. In this program, the teacher is viewed as the central professional to bring the needed human/social services to children and families in an integrative manner. Professional educators are prepared to effectuate alliances between school and community settings to meet the comprehensive needs of children and their families.

Graduates are expected to emerge as empowered leaders who act with responsibility and accountability; this enhancement of their professional role should result in increased commitment and extraordinary practice.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skill necessary to address the diverse academic, cultural, social, technological, economic, and health needs of students in educational settings.
  • Provide the opportunity to acquire applied research skills, with an emphasis on technology.
  • Enable participants to become familiar with best practices in education as documented in the professional literature.
  • Prepare professional leaders who will serve in a variety of roles which bridge the school with community agencies, and to guide change in those settings.
  • Equip professional educators to utilize technology in educational settings.
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to advance in the profession to leadership roles in the schools.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be certified professional educators.
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree with a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a personal written statement.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit official transcripts of all colleges attended.

Program Description

The M.A. in Education program is a sequenced program (minimum of 38 credits) that allows students to choose from two areas:

M.A. in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education

  • ED 665 Nature & Needs of Students with Educational Disabilities (3)
  • ED 671 Curriculum, Instruction, and special Materials for Students with Educational Disabilities (3)
  • PSY 619 Psychological Issues in Human Services Leadership (3)
  • ED 620 Introduction to Assistive Technology (3)
  • ED 659 Behavior Management of Students with Severe Special Needs (3)
  • ED 675 Resources, Services & Agencies (3)
  • ED 677 Action Research in Special Education (3)
  • MC 626 Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership (3)
  • ED 681 Field Experience in Educational Technology (3)
  • ED 623 Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing (3)
  • ED 625 Assistive Technology for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities (3)
  • ED 627 Assistive Technology Assessment (3)
  • ED 629 Clinical Practice in Assistive Technology (3)

Program Guide

M.A. in Education with Initial Certification

This M.A. degree allows students who complete one of our initial Teacher Certification programs (ACT 1 or ACT 3) to matriculate into an M.A. program by selecting one of the other ACT choices.The three options for this M.A. with Initial Certification are outlined below:

  • Option A (38 credits): Completion of ACT 1 (22 credits) along with Early Childhood Endorsement (10 credits) plus 6 credits in Ethical Issues and Action Research
  • Option B (46 credits): Completion of ACT 1 (22 credits) along with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement (21 credits) and an Ethical Issues Course (3 credits)
  • Option C (47 credits): Completion of ACT 3 (23 credits) along with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (21 credits) and an Ethical Issues course (3 credits)

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion (3.25 GPA) of initial certification program
  • Two recommendations from college faculty
  • Passing score on relevant Praxis exams
  • Personal Interview and written goal statement

Program Guide

M.A. in Educational Leadership

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program, offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), is a 39-credit cohort-based program offered over a two-year time frame. It is designed to offer students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for successful employment in school leadership positions. Students' educational studies will assist them to provide leadership, demonstrate ethical values, and offer dedicated service to all students and teachers in their care.

Upon successful completion of the program and a passing score on the SLLA Praxis, candidates will be eligible for a standard certificate as a supervisor and a certificate of eligibility as an assistant principal, director, and principal. Candidates for the principal's certification also must document at least three years of certificated teaching experience, as well as provide evidence that a fourth and fifth year will be completed during the course of studies.

Program Philosophy

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth prepares education professionals to assume leadership roles in meeting the challenges in educational settings. The program is designed to prepare school leaders who have great vision, act in an ethical and moral manner, communicate effectively with all stakeholders in school settings and contribute effectively in promoting increased learning for all members of the educational community.

At its essence, this program will produce leaders who will offer dedicated service to all students, teachers and parents in their care. Graduates are expected to emerge as empowered leaders who act with responsibility and accountability; this enhancement of their professional role should result in increased commitment and extraordinary practice. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to continue in the program.

Program Goals

The goals of the M.A. in Educational Leadership degree are to:

  • Provide opportunities for candidates to acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for growth and development as school leaders based upon the NSPSSL/ISLLC standards.
  • Provide future school leaders with the opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of how to develop a vision of purpose, use information to frame a problem, and exercise leadership processes to achieve common goals.
  • Prepare candidates to function as ethically and socially responsible school leaders within a caring community of learning dedicated to teaching and learning excellence.
  • Prepare school leaders who are humane, confident, and professionally involved.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Submit evidence indicating:

    • Possession of a standard teaching certificate
    • Evidence of three years of exemplary certified teaching experience
    • Writing sample
    • Two letters of recommendation from school(s) of employment
    • Evidence of academic accomplishment

  • Successfully complete a personal interview.

Program Description

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program consists of 39 credits of required coursework that is aligned to national standards for educational leaders (ISLLC). The work includes an administrative internship experience and an action research project. Courses are specifically sequenced to maximize effective learning. The program follows a cohort model where students stay together and complete the entire program in two years. This program is offered off-site.

Course Sequence (39 credits)



  • EDAS 601 Leadership in Learning Communities (3)
  • EDAS 603 Curriculum Theory and Practice (3)


  • EDAS 681 Supervision of Instruction (3)
  • PSY 637 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relationships (3)

Summer 1

  • EDAS 685 Field Internship I Online Course (3) – 100 hours
  • MC 626 Ethical Issues Online Course (3)

Summer 3

  • EDAS 688 Leadership Development Institute (3)



  • EDAS 609 Managing the School Community I (3)
  • EDAS 612 Leadership for Curricular Change (3)
  • EDAS 687 Field Internship II Online Course (3) – 100 hours


  • EDAS 610 Managing the School Community II (3)
  • EDAS 611 Action Research: Final Project II (3)
  • EDAS 689 Field Internship III Online Course (3) – 100 hours

Program Guide

Ed.D. In Educational Leadership

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Elizabeth is designed to prepare globally conscious and morally purposeful servant leaders for district leadership roles in Pre-K to 12th grade settings. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership combines theoretical knowledge and practical application in an authentic school setting using the student's professional experience in school leadership. It is a sequenced 66-credit program to be completed during a three-year time frame.

Unique Elements of This Program

  • Students will complete all courses as a cohort (a group of approximately 20 students who progress through the program by taking all of their classes together).
  • Students will function as members of teams and work collaboratively on the study, collection, and analysis of data and the development of research-based solutions to educational problems. Research teams will extend beyond the College to the larger community.
  • The program meets N.J. requirements for certification as School Administrator (i.e. superintendent). The foundation of the program is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL).
  • Students will receive personal attention and service from College departments at times that are convenient for working adults.
  • Flexible hours for advisement, registration, and career counseling are available to fit in with students' busy schedules.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the doctoral program the students will be able to:

  • Commit to and act upon the principles of servant leadership.
  • Evaluate the role of servant leaders as stewards of both human and fiscal resources.
  • Demonstrate their role to prepare both themselves and the learning community to build a just society.
  • Identify, promote, and sustain high performance learning communities.
  • Analyze and articulate the individual and social purposes of education.
  • Apply research methodologies for systemic improvement of schools and other educational communities and institutions.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission must present the documentation listed below to a selection committee comprised of Department of Education faculty. This committee will assess the documentation based upon the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL).

  • An M.A. in Educational Leadership or related field
  • Evidence of leadership experience including Certification as Principal and/or Supervisor
  • Outstanding academic success in prior graduate work including an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation. For additional information on certified university record translations, students should contact WES at 800-937-3895 or by email at info@wes.org.
  • Proof of writing ability, as evidenced by a professional or academic document or publication
  • One letter of recommendation from a college/university professor attesting to candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to professional competency (in addition to the one letter from college/ university professor)

The final step in the admission process will be a successful interview with a faculty committee.

Course Sequence


  • EDAS 701 Essential Competencies for Doctoral Studies (3)
  • EDAS 705 Servant Leadership (3)
  • EDAS 715 Emerging Perspectives on District Level Leadership (3)
  • EDAS 725 Education Public Policy Development and Advocacy (3)
  • EDAS 720 Seminar and Clinical Project I (3)
  • EDAS 716 Sustaining High-Performing Learning Communities (3)
  • EDAS 730 Educational Leadership in a Global Society (3)
  • EDAS 735 Seminar and Clinical Project II (3)


  • EDAS 741 Colloquium in Educational Leadership I (6)
  • EDAS 745 Education Finance and Strategic Thinking (3)
  • EDAS 765 Governance and Community Relations (3)
  • EDAS 750 Action Research Dissertation (3)
  • EDAS 755 School Law and Ethics (3)
  • EDAS 780 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (3)
  • EDAS 775 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)


  • EDAS 781 Colloquium in Educational Leadership II (6)
  • EDAS 785 Dissertation Advisement I (6)
  • EDAS 790 Dissertation Advisement II (6)

Program Requirements

  • 3.25 grade point average
  • Two clinical projects related to the development design of the action research dissertation
  • Completion of three semesters of internship experiences
  • Action research dissertation study and oral dissertation defense

Cohort Calendar

We are now accepting applications for Cohort 8, which starts in July 2014.