C.A.S. in Educational Leadership

Program Overview

The School of Education's Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program in Educational Leadership helps graduates make a difference in the lives of countless students, adults, and communities by shaping school cultures and create conditions that make it possible for every teacher to teach and every student to learn. The program prepares school leaders with the deep knowledge, practical skills, and passionate commitment to ensure that every student has full and equal access to a high-quality education and attains exemplary levels of learning and personal development.

This CAS program leads to dual New York State certification as both a School Building Leader and School District Leader. The School of Education also has a CAS that leads to certification as a School District Business Leader.

The program draws on the School of Education's distinctive mix of world-renowned educational researchers and outstanding clinical practitioners. In addition, its history of close collaboration with school systems in the region and its tradition of leadership in areas such as inclusive, special education, literacy education, social justice, youth culture, school renewal, teacher mentoring, and professional development contribute to the strength of the program.

Program Requirements

The C.A.S. program requires:

  • 30 credits in educational leadership (nine courses and an administrative internship)
  • 30 additional graduate credits (typically from a prior master's degree)
  • Successful completion of a state-administered examination in School District Leadership.

Completion of a second examination, in School Building Leadership, is required for that certification, but not for program graduation.

Applicants must have a master's degree in a teaching or school specialist field, must demonstrate leadership potential and deep knowledge of issues related to curriculum, instruction, and/or student learning, and must have completed three years of teaching or school specialist experience.

Program Goals

Emphasis is placed on the relationships between curriculum and instructional development, supervision of instruction, professional development, and organizational development, and the ways in which information on student learning can be used to improve teaching and learning. Candidates:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of the ways in which school leaders support the development of children's interest and skills in reading, writing, and oral expression across all parts of the curriculum, along with an in-depth understanding of leadership issues in other subject areas.
  • Enhance their understanding and skills as leaders responsible for systems that support learning by students who struggle or who have traditionally been marginalized, but who learn most effectively when given full access to the same learning opportunities available to others.
  • Develop their ability to resolve conflicts, ethical dilemmas, and political challenges faced by educational leaders, and sharpen interpersonal communication skills while enhancing group decision making, and promoting collaboration and community building.
  • Increase their ability to work effectively with parents and caregivers of students and the communities in which the students live.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the institutional, legal, policy, fiscal, and external political contexts of public education and the technical and organizational systems that determine how those contexts affect teaching and learning.
  • Understand of the roles they will play as building leaders and school district leaders in the 21st century schools.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment website.

Program Contacts

Michelle Mondo

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