2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, CAS

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Leela George, Program Coordinator, 150 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2685, legeorge@syr.edu


Leela George, George Theoharis, Renee James, Courtney Mauldin

Program Description:

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.

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:

Write a personal essay demonstrating with concrete examples their beliefs about student learning, their leadership experiences, a commitment to diversity, dedication to ongoing learning, a willingness to collaboration, and a commitment to ethical behaviors.

Submit transcripts and records to demonstrate a completed master’s degree and a minimum of three years teaching or other professional school experience.

Submit 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).
Submit a resume

Applicants will be contacted for an admissions interview.

Financial Support: 

Applicants are invited to apply for scholarship support from the School of Education.


All CAS program classes are conducted in area school systems, except for summer session classes. Faculty offices are located in Huntington Hall on the Syracuse University campus.

Total Credits Required: 

30 credits in educational leadership

Transfer Credit: 

With prior approval, candidates with a master’s degree from Syracuse University may transfer a leadership course from another institution, provided it covers substantially the same content as the course required by the program. No more than three credits of the total thirty credits required for program completion may be transferred from another institution.

Part-time Study: 

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 each summer.

Satisfactory Progress:

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 a professional portfolio and pass a state-administered examination in School District Leadership in order to graduate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
Standard 1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values
Effective educational leaders develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success and well-being of each student.
Standard 2. Ethics and Professional Norms.
Effective educational leaders act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
Standard 3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
Effective educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
Standard 4. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Effective educational leaders develop and support intellectually rigorous, culturally relevant and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote all students’ academic success and wellbeing.
Standard 5. Community of Care and Support for Students
Effective educational leaders cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of all students.
Standard 6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel
Effective educational leaders develop the professional capacity, cultural competence, and practice of school personnel to promote the love of learning, academic success, and well-being of all students.
Standard 7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
Effective educational leaders foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
Standard 8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community
Effective educational leaders engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
Standard 9. Operations and Management
Effective educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
Standard 10. School Improvement
Effective educational leaders act as agents of continuous improvement to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership requires completion of eight three-credit courses in educational leadership and an intensive six-credit internship extending over two or three semesters. 

Candidates must also have completed a master’s degree of at least thirty credits in a subject other than educational leadership, submit and defend a professional portfolio, and pass a state-administered examination in School District Leadership. (Completion of a second examination, in School Building Leadership, is required for certification but not for program graduation.)

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