Educational Leadership


Providing authentic leadership development for aspiring leaders at all levels since 1967, our Educational Leadership department has a reputation for excellence known statewide, nationally and internationally. The NCATE-accredited department is one of only six recipients statewide of a TLQP Wallace Leadership Grant for preparing school building leaders for high-need schools. The department provides coursework and professional opportunities that ensure that our aspiring leaders will sustain equitable and inclusive school environments for all students.


Majors and Programs

Graduates receive the Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, a mark of quality boosting the careers of top educators in many levels and geographic areas.

Student Opportunities

Three generations of professors have guided hundreds of graduates into the field of educational leadership. Through Project BLEND, participants receive hands-on problem-solving experience in partner schools. The development of issue analysis teams and a focus on authentic learning make our program unique and demonstrate we remain on the cutting edge of leadership preparation in the nation. Our students are well-prepared and consistently score above the state average on the required New York State School Building Leader and School District assessments.

After Oswego

Nearly 200 superintendents in New York state graduated from our Superintendent Development Program and over 1,000 school building leaders and district level leaders received their Certificate of Advanced Study degree from our program. Oswego graduates currently serve as assistant principals, directors, assistant superintendents, superintendents, district superintendents, assistant state commissioners and state commissioners of education.

Dr. John Readling, founder of the program, left a legacy of excellence in the preparation of school leaders that is unparalleled in New York state. Oswego's Educational Leadership department alumni are known for their ability to lead teams, provide courageous leadership and for their strong professional networks.