Educational Leadership & Professional Studies

Advance your career in educational leadership and professional studies

The Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies offers graduate study for education professionals who wish to enhance their careers with advanced degrees (EdD, MEd, MA), certifications, and endorsements. Our programs help students achieve in areas such as educational research, teaching, supervising, and providing leadership as directors, principals, librarians, or curriculum specialists at all levels of instruction: elementary, secondary, and higher education. Here are some key statistics for educational leadership careers in New Jersey from and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Noteworthy Educational Leadership Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries ( and Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Director of Special Education $120,233 Special Education Supervisor $73,876 Education Administrator $130,540 Post-Secondary Education Administrator $146,910 School Superintendent $185,672 Director of Curriculum & Instruction $89,815

Get Prepared to Succeed

William Paterson’s College of Education has been providing outstanding programs in education since the institution’s founding in 1855. Our departmental focus is on creating educational leaders prepared to meet present and future challenges. Taught by renowned faculty, our programs are designed to enable graduate students to immediately apply diverse skills and knowledge in leadership roles. Our programs provide flexibility for working professionals, with on-campus, online, and hybrid courses available.

What You'll Learn

All student learning outcomes in College of Education programs are aligned with Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP), Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and New Jersey professional standards for teachers. This ensures that our students gain in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • leadership and staff development skills
  • curriculum development
  • use of educational technology
  • strategic planning, and more

Key Skills for Educational Leadership Careers

as indicated by Employers and Alumni on LinkedIn

Critical Thinking

Curriculum Development

Educational Leadership

Educational Technology

K-12 Education

Staff Development

Strategic Planning

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021