Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership:
K-12 and Higher Education

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Accelerate your career in education with Educational Leadership graduate programs at Hofstra University. We offer master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificates programs for K-12 educators and professionals in university settings, as well as programs geared for career changers. Many courses are available on-site, online, or in a hybrid mode. Select from any of the programs below to learn more. If you have questions please contact our graduate admission team at 516-463-4723 or

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Program Details

To be considered for the Educational Leadership programs, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  Advanced programs may require additional education and prior experience.

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Detailed resume of professional experiences.
  • Letters of recommendation may be required.
  • Personal statement of professional goals and objectives.

To learn more about the Educational Leadership programs at Hofstra, please see degree listing below.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to Educational Leadership programs at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

The Educational Leadership programs are between 30-79 credits.

Visit the Programs section below to learn more about each degree program in educational leadership.


EdD in Educational and Policy Leadership

This 49-70 credit program is designed for educators in pre-K-12 or higher education settings who wish to develop the advanced leadership skills needed to create organizational learning environments. Learn more about the EdD in Educational and Policy Leadership.

MSEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (K-12)
MSEd in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies
Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership
Advanced Certificate in School District Business Leader


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Faculty Profiles

Sean Fanelli

Dr. Sean Fanelli, Program Director and Special Professor, Specialized Programs in Education, is highly regarded for his expertise in higher education administration and brings to the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies M.S.Ed. program an exceptional breadth of leadership experience. Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Education, Dr. Fanelli served as the president of Nassau Community College for more than 28 years.

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Eustace G. Thompson

Dr. Eustace G. Thompson, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology, has 37 years of experience in urban and suburban public schools settings and held the positions of deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, H.S. principal, and M.S. principal. He is a certified curriculum auditor and walk-through supervision trainer. His special interests include curriculum development and organizational leadership.

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at