Each graduate degree offered by the school represents a different level of achievement. The Master of Science (M.S.) is the first degree beyond the bachelor’s degree. Each M.S. program is designed to develop in-depth knowledge of a particular field of professional education.
The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) offers greater scope, depth, and thoroughness of preparation than the M.S.
A doctoral degree is considered the highest level of academic achievement. The Ph.D. is an academic degree. The Ed.D. is a professional degree. Students with an interest in research or in university teaching usually pursue the Ph.D. Their programs emphasize intensive study in a major area of specialization and often a minor area as well, leading to the development or extension of theory and research in the major field. Many Ed.D. candidates seek positions as administrators, supervisors, consultants, college professors, and as non-teaching education specialists.
General information about degree requirements is listed below. For details on degree requirements, see information provided by the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230, 315-443-9319. Information on specific requirements is available from the office of the chair or coordinator of each program of study.
The School of Education offers the M.S. in more than 30 areas and the M.Mus. in music education. Selected areas of study lead to public school teacher certification; others prepare students for roles in various educational and non-educational settings. Many M.S. degrees are available to applicants with no previous study in that field.
Preparation programs meet the academic requirements for those with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who pursue their first certificate for public school service in a specific area. Preparation programs also serve those who are certified in one area but seek certification in a new area.
Master's professional certification programs are designed for those who are already certified in a subject area but want a master’s degree in that same area to meet academic requirements for the next level of certification.
A select number of master’s programs prepare students for roles not requiring certification, while others lead to doctoral candidacy. For a complete listing, see “Programs Offered and Degrees Conferred.”
All master’s degree programs require a minimum of 30 credits; some require more. Some programs allow students to elect one or more courses offered by other academic units of Syracuse University, such as the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration or the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and Human Ecology. No more than 9 credits (6 credit limit for Higher Education) taken outside of Syracuse University may be transferred into a 30-credit master's degree program.
All master's programs require one of the following: a thesis, a portfolio review, or an intensive examination. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to graduate.
CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDIES (C.A.S.)
The C.A.S. program is a step beyond the master’s level, but is distinct from doctoral study. The certificate is not an intermediate step to a doctoral degree but is considered a terminal degree providing the specialization necessary for a variety of positions. The C.A.S. programs in Educational Leadership and Counselor Education may also meet the academic requirements for New York State certification in those areas.
Generally, the C.A.S. includes 60 credits with at least half at Syracuse University, an overall B average, a qualifying examination, an appropriate field project/activity, an extended internship, and at least 30 credits in the field and 9-21 credits outside the field of study.
In addition to the regular C.A.S. offered by the School of Education, the Cultural Foundations of Education program offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies. This is a 15 credit program, with the additional requirement of an oral or written examination at the completion of the coursework. The C.A.S. in Disability Studies is available to students enrolled in any Syracuse University graduate program as well as to applicants who wish to pursue the C.A.S. as a single course of study.
The Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation Department offers three Certificate of Advanced Study programs in Educational Technology (15 credits), Professional Practice in Educational Technology (24 credits), and Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education (24 credits). These programs are designed for students who require additional knowledge and expertise in order to advance in their professional careers.
Candidates must first decide whether to pursue the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. Before applying for the doctoral degree, the candidate should correspond with the program coordinator of the specific program of interest and, if possible, arrange for a personal interview.
Programs for both the Ph.D. and the Ed.D. degrees require a minimum of 90 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, usually distributed among core requirements, major area requirements, supporting minor areas, research tools, and dissertation credits. One-half of pre-dissertation course credits must be taken at Syracuse University. Successful candidates for either doctoral degree must pass a preliminary examination early in the program, and qualifying examinations in the field of specialization and any supporting minor areas later in the program; demonstrate competence in research; write a dissertation based upon an independent investigation that adds to existing knowledge in the field; and pass an oral defense of the dissertation. An overall B average, completion of a residency or time-to-completion requirement, and completion of all requirements within 5 years of the qualifying examination are also required. All candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to complete a research apprenticeship, including a supervised research activity over a period of not less than one year, under the direction of a University faculty member. Ed.D. students must complete a practicum requirement.
A number of concurrent degrees are offered by the School of Education. Students wishing to apply for a concurrent degree may complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application. The internal admission application and instructions are available in the Office of Academic and Student Services, located at 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230. Students enrolled in concurrent master's programs must complete the requirements for both programs prior to receiving either degree.
Concurrent Master's Preparation Programs in Childhood Education and Inclusive Special Education (1-6) M.S. Programs
Students may apply to the Childhood Education master’s preparation program and indicate on the application that they wish to concurrently complete the Inclusive Special Education (1-6) preparation program. The curriculum involves completing the Childhood Education (1-6) Preparation program, with one additional credit in the first year of study: 39 credits of full-time study in the first summer, fall, spring, and second summer. Students continue their studies with 22 credits of special education coursework in the second year or may elect to work and complete the special education requirements on a part-time basis. An internal admission form must be completed in the first year of study to add the Inclusive Special Education (1-6) master’s program. Students wishing to apply for a concurrent degree may complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application. The internal admission application and instructions are available in the Office of Academic and Student Services, located at 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230. Students enrolled in concurrent master's programs and receiving the School of Education's Professional Preparation for High Needs Fields Graduate Student Scholarship must complete the requirements for both programs prior to receiving either degree.
Concurrent Master's Preparation Programs in English Education and Inclusive Special Education (7-12); English Education and Literacy Education (5-12); English Education and Teaching English Language Learners M.S. Programs
Students may apply to the English Education master's preparation program and indicate on their application that they wish to concurrently complete the Inclusive Special Education (7-12), Literacy Education (5-12) or the Teaching English Language Learners master's program. An internal admission form must be completed in the first year of study to add the second master's program. Students enrolled in concurrent master's programs must complete the requirements for both programs prior to graduation. Contact Dr. Kelly Chandler-Olcott, 200 Huntington Hall, 315-443-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students enrolled in concurrent master's programs and receiving the School of Education's Professional Preparation for High Needs Fields Graduate Student Scholarship must complete the requirements for both programs prior to receiving either degree.
Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may take courses in the School of Education without enrolling in a degree program (nonmatriculated student). Some courses require approval of the instructors. Enrolling in coursework as a nonmatriculated student does not allow the nonmatriculated student the same academic advisement as matriculated students. No more than 9 credits taken before matriculation may be transferred to a degree program. No more than 6 credits may be taken prior to matriculating into the Higher Education M.S. degree program. All such courses must be approved by the student’s advisor. A registration hold will be put on students' accounts who have reached this limit.
Graduate study at Syracuse University’s School of Education offers students opportunities to participate in a vibrant learning community. Students and faculty work together in a variety of laboratory research and clinical settings on campus, in schools, and in related educational agencies. Graduate students acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to be successful leaders. Advantages to pursuing graduate study at the School of Education include the insight of professors holding dual appointments in the school and other colleges in the University, cooperative relations of colleges and departments, and availability of supporting services. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The school is composed of the following seven academic departments:
Counseling and Human Services
Cultural Foundations of Education
Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation
Reading and Language Arts
Teaching and Leadership
Why students consider graduate study at the School of Education:
Syracuse University's School of Education has prepared scholars from around the world.
Students become part of a community that has a commitment to inclusion and diversity. The School of Education pioneered the inclusion movement in the United States, making it possible for all learners to participate in typical classrooms.
Both teaching and non-teaching degree programs are offered.
Students are assured opportunities for research, clinical practice, and internships designed to clarify relationships of theory and practice.
Students are assured the assistance of a mentoring faculty to help them get the most out of their experiences at Syracuse University.
The School of Education is comprised of approximately 700 graduate students who have the opportunity to develop personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.
Students enjoy the advantages of a multidisciplinary approach to learning.
How to Apply
For more information about graduate study, please contact Liza Rochelson, Graduate Admissions Recruiter, School of Education, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230, Syracuse, N.Y. 13244-2340; email@example.com, 315-443-2505.
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The Syracuse University online application is available at https://apply.embark.com/grad/syracuse/37/.
Individuals interested in applying to a master's or doctoral degree program should contact the academic department overseeing the program of study to obtain deadline information.
In general, most graduate programs within the School of Education participate in rolling admissions and admit students on a space-available basis. The School of Education will continue to receive and review applications on a space-available basis.
Graduate Application Fee
The Graduate Application Fee is $75.
Internal Admission Process
Students who are currently enrolled in a Syracuse University graduate program, or who have completed a Syracuse University graduate program within the last 12 months may apply for a new graduate program by using the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application. The internal admission application and instructions are available in the Office of Academic and Student Services, located at 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230. Students enrolled in concurrent master's programs must complete the requirements for both programs prior to graduation. There is no fee for the internal admission process.
GRADUATE FINANCIAL AID
The School of Education offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students. This funding includes scholarships, graduate and teaching assistantships, in addition to opportunities for grants. The School of Education provides merit based as well as non-competitive scholarships. A number of the funding opportunities offered have deadlines for application submission. There are several categories of scholarships available only to School of Education students.
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The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs is available to address questions, offer options for payment, assist in filing student loan and grant applications, and suggest financial planning options. For additional financial aid information, call (315) 443-1513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Education offers graduate and teaching assistantships to graduate students with superior qualifications. These graduate assistantships may include tuition support and a stipend. Assistants have responsibilities to the University not exceeding an average of 20 hours a week and devote the remainder of their time to study and research. Applicants for assistantships should write to the chair of the program to which they are applying, highlighting relevant background for the type of assistantship in which they are interested and emphasizing information not included in the admissions application. Applicants interested in assistantships in other University departments should send inquiries directly to those departments.
Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship Program
This scholarship was created to assist students who have graduated from Syracuse University (any degree program) within the last five years and who enroll full-time in a selected School of Education Master of Science (M.S.) program listed below. This tuition scholarship program offers graduate students in eligible programs funding covering 33% of the student’s tuition.
Students in the following preparation/professional M.S. programs are eligible to receive the scholarship:
Early Childhood Special Education
Inclusive Special Education (1-6 and 7-12)
Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities)
Literacy Education (B-6 and 5-12)
Science Education (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
Social Studies Education
Teaching English Language Learners
All M.S. programs in Counseling only for students that have completed the
Syracuse University School of Education Selected Studies in Education B.S. degree.
The tuition scholarship program covers 33% of the tuition charges students are responsible for paying each semester during which the student is enrolled as a full-time student in the approved program. Full-time study is defined as registered for 9 credits for spring and fall (or a total of 6 credits for summer). Students must formally be admitted and matriculated into one of the specified M.S. programs and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward that degree, which includes attaining and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the second semester in an eligible program. The tuition scholarship program applies to M.S. programs only. While the scholarship may be combined with most other financial aid, the scholarship is applied first to the tuition owed before all other funding is awarded. There will be no cash refunds or payouts. The scholarship is offered to eligible students in their admission packet from the Graduate School. Students who sign the letter of acceptance for the scholarship are automatically credited 33% of their tuition each semester of study in their program.
For further information please contact Liza Rochelson (315) 443-2505 or email@example.com
Professional Preparation for High Needs Fields Graduate Student Scholarship
The Professional Preparation for High Needs Fields Graduate Student Scholarship identifies high-needs areas as science, mathematics, special education, literacy, instructional technology, and teaching English language learners and offers graduate students in these programs scholarships covering 33% of the cost of tuition. The scholarships are available to all qualified full-time master’s students as well as part-time master’s students who are Syracuse City School District employees.
To be eligible, full-time students must be enrolled in one of the programs listed below. Full-time study is defined as registered for 9 credits for spring or fall (or 6 credits during a given summer session) in a program approved by the student’s graduate advisor. Part-time students who are employees of the Syracuse City School District and enrolled in one of the programs listed below also are eligible.
All eligible students must be formally admitted into one of the specified master’s programs and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward that degree, which includes attaining and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the second semester in the program. The scholarship does not cover tuition for undergraduate courses even if required as a condition of full admission to the master’s program. (Undergraduate coursework may be required in order to fulfill prerequisites for graduate study). While the award may be combined with most other financial aid, there will be no cash refunds or payouts.
Students in the following professional preparation programs are eligible to receive the award:
Concurrent M.S. teacher preparation programs with Inclusive Special Education (1-6 or 7-12) or Literacy Education (B-6 or 5-12) or Teaching English Language Learners
Literacy Education (B-6 and 5-12)
Science Education (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
Special Education Programs
Early Childhood Special Education B-2
Inclusive Special Education 1-6
Inclusive Special Education 7-12
Inclusive Special Education Severe/Multiple Disabilities
Teaching English Language Learners (T.E.L.L.)
Students in the Teaching and Curriculum M.S. program who will be seeking New York State Teacher Certification (on their own) in Science or Math
Eligible students submit a completed scholarship form each semester to The Office of Academic & Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230. Scholarships are awarded and credited to student bursar accounts typically within two weeks of the University financial deadline for dropping courses. The value of the scholarship is calculated based on the total number of credit hours for which the student is registered, combined with any outside scholarships/funding. The tuition bill for which the students is responsible is then credited 33% of the student’s tuition. The deadline for submitting scholarship forms is typically one week after the University add deadline of the current semester, although forms should be submitted as soon as students have completed their registration for the semester. No exceptions will be made for late submissions.
An application form and instructions are available.
For additional information contact:
Robert Noyce Scholars Program
The Robert Noyce Scholars program, funded by the National Science Foundation and offered jointly through Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, responds to the critical need for mathematics and science teachers by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers in high-needs K-12 schools.
The funds granted from the Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program are intended to assist persons who wish to make a commitment to teach science or mathematics in high-needs urban or rural schools. Qualifying graduate students receive up to $20,000 for one year of study.
Download the SU Noyce Scholar Program brochure at
For additional information contact:
John W. Tillotson, Ph.D., Coordinator
Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program
101 Heroy Lab
Syracuse, NY 13244-1070
School of Education Scholarships
The School of Education offers several competitive scholarships. These scholarships are specific to the School of Education and vary in number of tuition credits and monetary awards. Approximately 15% of School of Education students will receive one of these scholarships.
If you wish to be considered for scholarships awarded by the School of Education, you must complete an online scholarship application . Applicants to the School of Education are not automatically considered for scholarships and must complete the School of Education scholarship application in addition to the admission application.
For additional information contact:
Angela Flanagan, Scholarship Coordinator
Awards & Scholarship Committee
230 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244-2340
Phone: (315) 443 – 4752
SU Office of Sponsored Programs
This office offers information on a wide range of external funding opportunities for SU graduate students. Click on the Funding Opportunities link and then the Graduate Student Funding Opportunities link at http://osp.syr.edu.
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
For additional information, call (315) 443-1513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.