St. Bonaventure University

MSEd In Educational Leadership


This 30-credit hour degree is designed for elementary and secondary teachers or counselors seeking positions as school building administrators at some time in their careers (additional courses are required for district level certification).

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The Future of Educational Leadership


Transformational change in a school begins with one person. Through St. Bonaventure’s Educational Leadership program, that one person is you.    

At St. Bonaventure, we understand that our world needs school and district leaders who are trained in critical reflection and are dedicated to improving opportunities for all students. Our program is more than a certificate or advanced degree – we empower future leaders through critical inquiry, reflection and dynamic leadership strategies.  

We offer three school leadership programs to help you lead your school and inspire your students: 



Instructional delivery that meets your needs


We know the challenges of completing an advanced degree while balancing full time school work and home life. St. Bonaventure’s Educational Leadership Program offers two formats.  

  • Hybrid Format
    Courses are online and meet three Saturdays during the semester in person.

  • Fully Online Format
    Courses are fully online, with opportunities to connect with your professor and class members virtually.
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    Area school teachers, administrators invited to Zoom events on rural education ​

    Oct 27, 2020 |

    Teachers, administrators and parents from area school districts are invited to a pair of Zoom webinars focusing on strategies for rural school districts.

    Both events are sponsored by the American Council on Rural Special Education.

    “Partnering with Rural Districts: Strategies Recruitment and Design” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.

    Dr. Paul Brawdy and Jerry Mottern from St. Bonaventure University’s School of Education will be among the panelists for the hour-long webinar that aims to build partnerships between rural school districts, universities and community partners.

    “We'll share strategies, ideas and lessons learned from partnerships across the country,” said Dr. Pamina Abkowitz, assistant professor in SBU’s School of Education, who also encourages students and researchers to attend.

    “Rural, Remote and RTI,” scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, is an hour-long webinar designed for parents and teachers of students with disabilities, as well as pre-service teachers and the researchers who support them.

    The webinar focuses on students with more extensive support needs and includes strategies and ideas for providing remote-tiered supports to students.

    Registration isn’t required for either event; the link for each is available here or by pasting https://bit.ly/ACRESlunch into a browser.

    Founded in 1981, the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) is a non-profit organization made up of special educators, general educators, related service providers, administrators, teacher trainers, researchers, and parents who are committed to the enhancement of services to children and adults with exceptionalities living in rural communities.

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    About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.