Graduate students who hold a master’s degree in education or related field and who are seeking further study in educational leadership may pursue the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program. This program is designed to enable the student to:
Take educational initiatives by encouraging innovation, planning and implementing strategic change and having the self-confidence to be a risk-taker
Analyze and prioritize problems by acquiring and interpreting key information and by resisting premature judgments
Build and maintain teams for continuous improvement of teaching and learning by communicating expectations and by developing and empowering others
Expand learning opportunities for all constituencies by having and advocating a need to be a lifelong learner
The CAGS in Educational Leadership (non-licensure) is mainly a weekend program through which students earn 30 credits beyond the master’s.
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university (official transcript required)
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
A completed application form
Three letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
An essay on the candidate’s leadership philosophy in times of change
Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Note: Students who do not complete EDLE 681 in an academic year will be required to register for EDLE 682 - CAGS Externship II (one credit) each semester thereafter (fall and spring) until the project is complete.
All candidates must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations as exit requirements from the program. Please see the catalog section, Graduate Academic Policies, for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.