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Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

Binghamton University's Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Educational Leadership is for experienced pre-K through 12th-grade educators interested in:

  • expanding their impact beyond your own classroom or specialty area,
  • completing the requirements for two New York State Certificates -  School Building Leader (SBL-Initial) and/or School District Leader (SDL-Professional),
  • extending their graduate studies to an EdD in the future, and
  • engaging with a rigorous curriculum at a University recognized nationally for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty and affordable tuition.

Program overview

The CAS prepares prospective educational leaders to serve in pre-K through 12th-grade schools and school districts. The program is designed for part-time, post-master’s students who work full time as teachers or other educational professionals in elementary and secondary schools. CAS graduates may pursue future employment as:

  • staff developers
  • curriculum coordinators
  • program directors
  • assistant principals and principals
  • assistant superintendents and superintendents
  • other pre-K through 12th-grade educational leaders and administrators 

Program requirements

The CAS is a 30 credit-hour program of study, beyond a completed master’s degree of at least 30 credit-hours in a teaching or closely related field. The 30 CAS credit-hours consist of ten required courses, one of which is an internship and two which are completed mostly online. The CAS also requires students to pass the NYS School District Leader assessment and to develop a personal plan for self-improvement and continuous learning, consistent with current Educational Leader standards. The personal plan is updated and refined at three defined checkpoints during the program of study.


In addition to field-based projects and other leadership experiences, CAS students complete a capstone internship. Positioned near the end of the student’s formal academic preparation, the internship provides an opportunity for immersion in the authentic work world of educational leaders. Under the guidance of a University instructor and a field-based supervisor-mentor, students apply and extend the knowledge and skills developed throughout their course of study. For more information, view the Internships page.

Plan of study

The plan of study for the Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through CAS program requirements.

Required courses

Note: Despite what course descriptions may say, all Educational Leadership courses are currently 3 credits each.


For questions about Binghamton University's Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership program, contact Jackie Visser, program coordinator.


To apply to this program, visit our Admissions page.  Note that recommendations for this program consist of forms filled out by senior school district administrators who can eventually support your internship—there is no need to request letters of recommendation from them.

Last Updated: 7/2/18