Off-Campus Leadership Development (OCLD)

Graduate TuitionFast Track M.A. in Educational Administration

This one-calendar year, 36-credit master’s degree program joins theory and practice by combining academic study in class with related project work that is job-embedded. Both classes and projects are conducted in or near the candidate’s school district or diocese.

Admission Requirements Program Requirements (36 credits)
  • Letter of permission from superintendent of schools of district or diocese and signed consent of a certified principal as administrator-mentor
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or an earned master’s degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • Minimum of three years successful teaching experience or its equivalent in New Jersey schools under an appropriate teaching certificate.
  • One professional reference from someone other than the superintendent of schools
  • Personal interview with the Program Coordinator

Admission Calendar. Due to the demand for this program, the application deadline for the OCLD summer cohort will be on or about June 1, with admission decisions rendered on a rolling basis until all placements are completed. Spaces are filled on a first come-first served basis. Therefore you are encouraged to submit complete application dossiers on or about April 15 to be considered for admission into the summer OCLD cohort. Admission decisions will be made and communicated as completed applications are filed and reviewed. Admission of any candidates who do not meet the usual qualifications but are considered likely to succeed will be on a probationary basis. Depending on the space available, the program coordinator may either place probationary students with the summer cohort or begin their course of study in the fall or spring traditional program. Those placed in the summer cohort must maintain a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA to be fully admitted. Those placed in fall or spring traditional classes must earn a B or better in each class in order to be admitted to the summer OCLD cohort.

The following represents a typical OCLD scheduling pattern; a given cohort may have a slightly different version of this schedule.

Strand I – Summer Session B
ED 616 Qualitative and Quantitative Research for Educational Administrators (3)
ED 671 Foundations of Pre K-12 Administration and Curriculum Supervision (3)
ED 674 Education Law and Regulation (3)

Strand II – Fall Semester
ED 650 Curriculum Leadership (3)
ED 680 Internship in Educational Administration (3)
ED 686 Problem-Based Inquiry In Educational Administration I (3)

Strand III – Spring Semester
ED 670 General Principles of Staff Supervision: Theory and Practice in Educational Administration and Supervision (3)
ED 672 School Finance: Public and Private Funding (3) ED 687 Problem-Based Inquiry In Educational Administration II (3)
ED 687 Problem-Based Inquiry In Educational Administration II (3)

Strand IV – Summer Session B
ED 635 Principles and Practices of Curriculum Development and Supervision in Subject Matter Areas (3)
ED 675 Communications for School Leaders (3) ED 678 Managing Human and Material Resources (3)
ED 678 Managing Human and Material Resources (3)

Most of the courses will include a related project assignment that will enable the student to engage in a practical application of the classroom instruction. The project will be designed and implemented in relation to circumstances extant in the candidate’s district or diocese. These projects will be delineated in a planning protocol and will be subject to approval by the college liaison staff member, the administrator-mentor, and the student.

Mentoring Requirement
The administrator-mentor will assist the student in establishing a schedule that will enable the student and the mentor to share routine and challenging experiences, and reflect on the meaning and implications of those experiences. The schedule will be related to the set of mentoring activities and will be reviewed during the initial summer session. The student will be expected to keep a log of completed activities. The log will be organized according to New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leadership (NJPSSL) standards. The log of activities and the rubric will be used as evaluative criteria for the internship. They will be submitted to the college liaison for ED 680 Internship in Educational Administration.

Transfer of Graduate Credit
Caldwell University will accept the transfer of six credits of graduate work in education from another accredited institution provided the credits were completed within five years of the student’s registration at Caldwell University. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course. Each transfer request will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator. No transfer credits will be approved after the conclusion of the first summer session, or the completion of nine credits on campus.


Any student who completes the M.A. in Educational Administration must successfully complete a two-semester research project in ED 686-687 that applies research skills to field-based problems in educational administration. The student’s log of mentor activities and the rubric evaluating those activities are also considered as part of the outcome assessment. Selected courses will also have required outcomes assessment assignments that reflect TEAC principles and program claims.

NOTE: It is understood that students must also meet the State of New Jersey’s requirements for certification. Fees and requirements are set by the New Jersey Department of Education.

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