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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Post-Master Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Leadership

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Advisement for the certificate program is available from the Education Leadership  Department.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) requires 30 hours past the master’s degree, by Maryland regulation. The CAS in educational leadership is a professional degree program designed to prepare educational leaders. The curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice in the preparation of administrators and supervisors.


Admission to the CAS Educational Leadership Program requires an application for graduate admission, the application fee, official transcript showing undergraduate degree completion and official transcript showing a master’s degree in education or related field of study. The following additional documents and requirements are needed, and applicants will be guided by SU’s online application to supply them:

  • Three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate study in educational administration and supervision.

  • Employer’s letter providing evidence of at least two years (18 months) of satisfactory teaching performance.

  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • A program of study completed with a program advisor

Program Policies

  • After applicants have submitted all documents required for admission, they will be contacted to meet with a program advisor to complete a program of study as the last step in the application process. The program of study guides the student’s course enrollment through the completion of the CAS.

  • Complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit.

  • Prior to enrolling in EDLD 656 - Educational Leadership Internship /Issues Analysis , complete all prerequisite courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and successfully earn a passing grade on each of the four questions on the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam, a four-question essay exam given twice per year.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

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