Educational Administration

Educational Administration (EDA) develops the intellectual, performance, and moral capacity for leadership roles in school districts, colleges and universities, and in training and development programs for other public agencies. Ranked in the top twenty programs nationwide, UB’s educational administration program has been recognized by the American Association of School Administrators as outstanding in the preparation of educational administrators.

The programs within the EDA draw upon the social and behavioral sciences to stimulate new ways of thinking about administering and transforming education organizations. Because EDA’s programs are built on the belief that theory can inform practice and practice can inform theory, they combine theory with field-based experiences. Individual courses of study are designed to build on students’ previous academic and professional experiences to help them achieve their career aspirations.

From the beginnings of their study in this area, students apply what they learn. Knowledge is developed in the field, as students work in teams to apply problem-solving methods to real-world dilemmas. Each student has a chance to develop and demonstrate the leadership qualities necessary for challenging out educational institutions.

The Ed.D. is our doctorate for those who strive to apply their leadership skills in diverse educational settings, while the Ph.D. focuses on research and scholarship in educational administration. The Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow’s Schools (LIFTS) program offers three graduate options to prepare candidates to apply to the New York State Education Department (SED) for certification as school leaders. These include School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL), School District Business Leader (SDBL). These programs will prepare candidates for careers as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other administrative positions within a school or school district.

For questions regarding the application process applicants must contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937

Educational Administration at a glance:
Application Deadlines Ed.M. March 1
Ph.D. March 1 and November 1
Ed.D.; School Leadership Certification Program (LIFTS) April 1
School Business and Human Resource Advanced Certificate March 1 and November 1
Typical Careers Our graduates work in rewarding administrative positions in state and federal government, and in teaching and research positions in higher education across New York State, the nation, and the world.