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Educational Administration

Certificate of Advanced Study


The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program is a 30-credit post-master’s program leading to certification as School Building Leader (SBL) and/or School District Leader (SDL). A six-credit internship is part of this program.

Candidates may apply to transfer in up to six credit hours post-Master's educational leadership courses and/or experience from another accredited institution. Criteria for review will focus on the conceptual framework of the Department of Educational Studies & Leadership and equivalence with current course offerings.

Each candidate will be evaluated through transcript review and documentation of previous administrative experience. All applicants must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). *If the applicant holds a master’s degree, please contact the program coordinator before registering for the GRE.


Gainful Employment

Recognized Occupation: 11-9030 Education Administrators

Graduation Rates: 85% of students have completed the program within 3 years. 97% of students have completed the program within 4 years.

Tuition & Fees

Median Loan Debt: Data Not Yet Available

SBL/SDL joint program (Program code: 401a)

Admission Requirements for the SBL/SDL:

  • Two original and official copies of the baccalaureate and Master's transcripts from an accredited institution.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on Master's transcripts.
  • Professional or permanent teaching certification.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Forms are available in the Application for Admission to Graduate School packet available from The Graduate School, Old Main Building 127.
  • A coherent essay reflecting on the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards.
  • Graduate Credit Transfer Request form, if applicable.
  • Written verification from the school district of at least three years of teaching experience. Please submit this verification as a separate document, NOT as a statement within a letter of recommendation.


Program Requirements

Matriculation must be completed before completing six credits. Upon matriculation, an advisor will be assigned to the candidate.

  • With your advisor, file a Plan of Study during the first semester after matriculation.
  • Complete courses and other requirements within five years of matriculation.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or higher with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Complete a Child Abuse Seminar or verify a previous completion of this seminar.
  • Complete a S.A.V.E. course (if taking EDA775, this will automatically be recorded on your New Paltz transcript).
  • Complete a Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop or verify a previous completion of this seminar.
  • MMR immunization
  • Application to and completion of Internship.

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • EDA793 Leadership and School Organization (3 credits)
  • EDA772 Administrative Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • EDA775 New York State Education Law and Policy Implementation (3 credits)
  • EDA7xx Finance course (3 credits)
  • EDA760 Current Issues in Educational Administration (3 credits)
  • EDA769 The Principalship (3 credits)
  • EDA784 Curriculum Development for Administrators (3 credits)
  • EDA789 The Superintendency (3 credits)
  • Internship in Educational Administration (6 credits)

You and your advisor will select from these courses at matriculation:

  • EDA 752 Public School Budgeting (3 credits)
  • EDA 755 Support Service Management (3 credits)
  • EDA 773 School Business Administration (3 credits)
  • EDA 774 Human Resource Management for Administrators (3 credits)
  • EDA 776 Finance and Revenue Management (3 credits)
  • EDA 777 Seminar in Practices and Problems in School Business Administration (3 credits)
  • EDA 778 School Plant Administration (3 credits)
  • EDA 786 Facilities Planning, Operation and Maintenance (3 credits)
  • EDA 787 The Politics of Educational Administration (3 credits)
  • EDA 793 Selected Topics (3 credits)
  • EDA 799 Modular Institutes (1 credit)