Educational Leadership CAS

Join a network of over 1,000 district-level leaders who have earned their school district leadership certification from SUNY Oswego. This network provides strong mentoring and a broad understanding of leadership practices. Our coursework is based on authentic learning experiences in real schools, working with experienced administrators solving real issues.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option(s) Syracuse Campus and Remote Study

Cost Per Credit Hour $462

Credit Hours 33

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years

Overview

Deepen your knowledge of school administration, collaborative problem-solving abilities and commitment to providing visionary leadership to schools. The program will also teach you to explore the critical issues in education today and prepare you to direct school improvement toward higher levels of student learning and achievement.

Our candidates work with 20 to 35 practicing education administrators in their local geographic region.

Depth & Experience

Our candidates are well prepared and consistently score above the state average on the required New York State School Building Leader assessments and School District assessments.

Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for School Building Leader and School District Level New York State certification. Our program graduates commonly find jobs within one year of graduation as a result of our intensive intern process and the hands-on, problem-solving experience in partnering schools. 

Career Opportunities

  • School principal
  • School district superintendent
  • School building leader 
  • Staff development specialist
  • Curriculum director
  • Special education director
  • Technology coordinator
  • Athletic director
  • Assistant superintendent

Tomorrow's leaders must connect with all stakeholders, who embrace change as opposed to avoiding it, and who do not fear letting others lead with them to transform schools that effectively prepare students for the world ahead of them.

Program Resources





Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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NCATE Accredited

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community.





$500,000

in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

Master’s degree

Your official transcript must indicate that you have earned your master’s degree from an accredited university.

Professional NYSED Certification

Individuals will satisfy the Professional NYSED Certification requirement after successfully completing a graduate teaching education program from an accredited institution, and obtaining a master’s or higher degree program in their specialization or related field or in any area as long as the individual has completed 12 hours of study in their specialization. New York State requires this entry-level certificate for classroom teachers with specific areas of interest. Submit a copy of your NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest during the application process.

Purpose statement

Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may help in evaluating your application.

Resume

Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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