University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Educational Leadership (Post-Master's Certificate)


A Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) is a certificate program designed for those who already have completed a master's degree, but who are interested in leadership development. The C.A.S. is a parallel program to the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is designed to cultivate leaders who can apply knowledge toward leading and building learning communities designed to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, adults, and communities. The program prepares public and private school leaders, curriculum leaders, teacher leaders, leaders of educational and social service agencies, and leaders for other educational organizations. The program is designed to prepare leaders to think and act creatively, responsibly, and effectively in leadership roles. Participants learn to:

  • understand alternative perspectives on leadership that support the development of more just, humane, and diverse organizations.
  • construct effective ways to demonstrate caring and collaborative leadership.
  • create networks which support leadership and change.

While the program is designed within the broad concept of leadership, three major strands of concentration are available. The areas of concentration are:

STRAND I: School Leader with Administrative Endorsement
  • Educational Administration
  • Curriculum Leadership

STRAND II: Organizational/Community Leadership
  • Leadership in Private or Nonprofit Educational Organizations
  • Teacher Leadership

STRAND III: Human Services Leadership
  • Collaboration across communities, human service agencies, and schools
  • Using evaluation for enhancing program outcomes

Specific Requirements

The program requirements include:

  • a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed among courses, summer seminars, independent study, action research, and internships.
  • fifteen of the 30-36 credits comprise the core curriculum with the remainder making up the students individual concentration. Students desiring the administrative licensure endorsement by the state of Vermont will take a majority of their electives in areas required through licensure standards.
  • an action research project
  • a leadership portfolio which marks the final requirement of the program. Portfolios are presented at each student's culminating oral examination.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) Program requires 30 credit hours of study.

Courses with an administration/planning focus include: EDLP 264, EDLP 266, EDLP 268, EDLP 280, EDLP 332, EDLP 333, EDLP 334, EDLP 335, EDLP 336, EDLP 337, EDLP 353, EDLP 354, EDLP 355, EDLP 356, and EDLP 358.

There are two application deadlines. Applications are due November 15th for admission the following spring and April 1st for admission the following fall.



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