Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership

Program Contact: Anne Dichele, Dean  203-582-3463

Quinnipiac University’s Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership prepares graduates with the perspectives, knowledge and skills to become exceptional school leaders. The School of Education recognizes an  educational leader as three-dimensional, and that successful educational leaders must be teachers and learners as well as leaders. Graduates of the Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership program develop a deeper understanding of the teaching and learning process through a lens of equity, a fuller understanding of diverse learners through a lens of cultural relevance, and a stance of advocacy as leaders, who influence the culture of their schools in ways that support best practices in teaching and learning. Addressing the challenges of contemporary school leadership while supporting school change toward a more inclusive and equitable model is at the forefront of all we do.

General Information

The Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership program is an online  post-master’s credential which is provided in an asynchronous delivery model. The program prepares graduates to assume a variety of school leadership roles such as department chair, assistant principal, principal, curriculum coordinator and central office administrator below the rank of superintendent. Candidates who complete the required 21 credits of the 33-credit program and pass the Connecticut Administrator Test (#6412) are able to obtain initial certification by the Connecticut State Department of Education certification for Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor (092). (Completion of the full degree program is required for the professional level license.)

While 21 credits are proscribed for certification (see course outline) the remaining 12 credits to complete the degree allow candidates to choose areas of interest or desired expertise. Courses in Ed Law, Finance, Program Evaluation and Conflict Resolution are offered. Additionally, candidates are allowed to enroll in courses offered in other QU graduate programs within the School of Education by permission of their adviser. Courses offered within the Social & Emotional Learning Certificate, Special Education Master’s and Instructional Design Master’s programs are all possible with permission.

The program is fully accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education, which participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Contract and NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Note: Because the education program is subject to state review on a regular basis, prospective and current students are advised to see the School of Education for up-to-date program information.


Candidates must participate in an internship after completing EDL 601, EDL 603 and EDL 605 to gain authentic leadership experience. The Internship in Educational Leadership (EDL 607) consists of a series of coordinated activities related to the national standards for school leaders as established by the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, which arose from the  Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The specific experiences are cooperatively planned by the candidate, a faculty member and a school district mentor. To demonstrate mastery of the NELP standards, each candidate compiles an internship portfolio, which includes a description and analysis of activities related to the national standards, evidence of evaluating a portion of a school program for the purpose of improving student learning, evaluations from the administrator, mentor and University supervisor, a reflection journal describing leadership strengths and needs, a weekly log of activities and hours (a minimum of 216 hours are required), and artifacts from the internship. The internship is scheduled only during the fall or spring semester to ensure the most authentic experience possible.