Diane Canino-Rispoli, Program Coordinator, 150 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2685, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Canino-Rispoli, George Theoharis, Joseph Shedd, Renae James
The Certificate of Advanced Study program in educational leadership is registered with New York State to lead to dual certification of its graduates as School Building Leaders and School District Leaders, qualifying candidates to serve in any school leadership position in New York State (except school district business leader, see School District Business Leadership (Professional Certification), CAS for more information).
The program prepares school leaders who have 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.
The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Programs and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.
School leadership applicants must submit:
Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination.
Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
Personal essay demonstrating with concrete examples their beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
A completed master’s degree and a minimum of three years teaching or other professional school experience to be eligible for the C.A.S. program.
Letters of reference from at least three persons who can speak to the applicant’s professional, leadership, and academic qualifications and who are willing to be contacted for a phone interview. Include email and phone contact information. (Two should have supervised the applicant at some point in time).
Applicants with strong applications will be contacted for an admissions interview.
Applicants are invited to apply for scholarship support from the School of Education.
All CAS program classes are conducted in area school systems. Faculty offices are located in Huntington Hall on the Syracuse University campus.
Total Credits Required:
30 credits in educational leadership, and thirty credits from a prior master’s degree
With prior approval, candidates with a master’s degree from Syracuse University may transfer some leadership courses from other institutions, provided they cover substantially the same content as those required by the program. No more than thirty credits of the total sixty credits required for program completion may be transferred from another institution, which precludes those whose master’s degrees are from another institution from applying any outside leadership coursework toward the program.
Although full-time study is possible, most candidates pursue the CAS program as part-time students, typically taking one course each fall, one course each spring, and one or two each summer.
The faculty reviews each candidate’s progress and dispositions on an annual basis, and notifies the candidate if it has any concerns that require attention. Candidates’ progress is assessed using the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Candidates are discouraged from beginning their administrative internship until they have completed all other required coursework, and may not commence the internship until they have completed at least 15 credits of coursework. Candidates must also successfully complete a Group Leadership Exercise before commencing their internship. Besides completing all required coursework and the internship, candidates must present and defend a professional portfolio and pass a state-administered examination in School District Leadership in order to graduate.