Future School Leader Academy

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  • Master of Education: 30 credits

Focuses on building leaders for school districts in Northern Westchcester and  Putnam counties

Leads to certification as a School Building Leader and as a School District Leader

Terry OrrTerry Orr
Program Director

The Future School Leaders Academy program prepares school and district leaders for a full range of supervisory roles in Westchester and Putnam county school districts. Through a longstanding partnership with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, the program elicits nominations of candidates with outstanding leadership potential from district leaders. Candidates take courses primarily on the BOCES campus in Yorktown Heights and do supervised fieldwork in their own schools and district offices.

Distinctive Features

  • Move into leadership roles while continuing your present job. Supervised fieldwork can take place at your own site and district office.
  • Delve deeply into school reform strategies. Research-based school improvement strategies and candidates' own action research are emphases of the program.
  • Join a strong network of local educational leaders. Participants gain a strong professional network of colleagues in their own and neighboring districts, and get to know both current FSLA candidates and program graduates.

Career Opportunities

  • Supervisory roles in schools, e.g. Principal, assistant principal, department chair, program director.
  • Supervisory roles in districts (with dual certification option), e.g. superintendent, assistant superintendent, district curriculum coordinator, district staff development coordinator.
  • Other educational leadership roles: Administrator in a non-school setting, such as BOCES, or other educational setting.


Graduates of this program who meet all of the New York State requirements are eligible for dual certification

  • New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification for those who meet experience requirements and pass the state assessments.
  • New York State School District Leader (SDL) certification for those who meet experience and credit requirements and pass the state assessments.

Supervised Fieldwork / Advisement

  • Supervised by a Bank Street advisor who is an experienced public school and/or district leader.
  • Extends over the two years of the program.
  • Generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your advisor and mentoring from your site supervisor.
  • Includes fieldwork experiences at a district office. 

Admission Requirements

  • Nomination by a district leader.
  • Master's degree in education.
  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential.
  • To qualify for SBL certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in N-12 settings.
  • To qualify for the SDL credential, candidates must have a total of 60 graduate credits by the time they apply for certification.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.