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Early Childhood Leadership/
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

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  • Master of Science in Education: 38 credits

Immerse yourself in learning with other early childhood colleagues while earning your School Building Leader certification.

Gain the skills you need for leading a child-centered early childhood program.

The 38-credit Early Childhood Leadership Program is designed for early childhood teachers and administrators seeking professional development and preparation for careers in educational leadership.

The program is designed to prepare early childhood leaders who are ethical, reflective, and collaborative and who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to reach their highest potential.

The Early Childhood Leadership Program is a cohort program that begins in the spring term.

Admission Requirements

  • Most prospective graduate students are experienced early childhood teachers. Preference is given to those who have been teaching for at least two years.
  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential.
  • To qualify for New York State SBL certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in N-12 settings.
  • For more information, see the Admissions Criteria and Apply Now pages.  


The course work covers all aspects of leadership, with an emphasis on understanding the complexities and dynamics of early childhood settings whether school-based or community-based. Learn to create a shared vision for your school, build consensus among your teachers and staff, and engage parents and community members. As part of the program, students will work together with other students in policy internships and related course work.

Certification Options

Program completion, experience requirements and state assessments lead to:

  • New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification