Advanced Graduate Certificate

This page is a guide for students in the Advanced Graduate Certificate(AGC) degree programs in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) at UAlbany. There are three AGC programs, leading respectively to degrees in School Building Leadership (SBL), School District Leadership (SDL), and School District Business Leadership (SDBL). Through a set of carefully designed and integrated courses and learning experiences, the AGC programs enable students to acquire the knowledge and capacities to perform effectively as school leaders. The programs are open only to students who seek New York State certification for school leadership in each area. They have been approved by the New York State Education Department for this purpose.

Graduates of school leadership programs must have developed essential knowledge and skills of effective leaders. These include:

  1. Shaping a vision of academic success for all students.
  2. Creating a climate of personalized caring that is hospitable to education.
  3. Cultivating leadership in others.
  4. Improving instruction.
  5. Maximizing student learning.
  6. Promoting collaboration throughout the organization.
  7. Promoting engagement for families and other stakeholders.
  8. Adhering to ethical principles and professional norms.
  9. Promoting equity and cultural responsiveness.
  10. Managing people, data and processes to foster continuous school improvement.

The EAPS concept of leadership in education reflects these characteristics. The concept is built on solid mastery of the knowledge and skills required to advance education in a complex, knowledge-intensive world. Click to download the program brochure PDF file

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Under New York State regulations, those seeking certification to take up posts as school building leaders (primarily school principals), school district leaders(superintendents and other district-level posts), and school district business leaders (school business officials) must complete approved programs in the designated areas. The School Building Leadership program provides the base for all three EAPS school leadership programs, and is designed to permit progression to either or both of the district-level leadership programs.

In addition to its own academic requirements for admission and performance, EAPS applies NYS Education Department requirements for experience, leadership potential, complementary training, and demonstrated proficiency in making its recommendation for certification. Program requirements and regulations are described below. These include:

  • Admissions

    Programs of Study and Courses

    Each AGC program is organized on a “pathways” basis, allowing students to build on initial coursework. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings, and may include blended and online learning. The AGC programs are designed with an expectation of half-time study. Most students will be able to complete their program while maintaining current employment.

    AGC in School Building Leadership

    The Advanced Graduate Certificate program in School Building Leadership (SBL)is a 35 credit hour program offered over 21 months. The sequence and content of courses are prescribed. All students take the same required courses, with some flexibility to take first-year required courses in the fall or spring semesters and to choose among approved courses to meet certain program requirements.

    Introductory Courses, usually completed in the first two semesters of studies, consist of three required courses and one social science elective course:

    • EAPS 600 Introduction to Organizational Leadership
    • EAPS 601 Introduction to Social Analysis
    • EAPS 614 Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership

    One elective course approved by the advisor.

    The four Introductory Courses must be completed prior to beginning the internship.

    The School Leadership Core, usually completed in the final 12 months of the program, consists of four courses:

    • EAPS 570 Introduction to Law and Education
    • EAPS 618 Family and Community Partnerships
    • EAPS 619 Supervisory Leadership
    • EAPS 630 Financial and Human Resources in Education

    The Internship, also completed in the final 12 months of the program, requires registration in a three-course, 8-credit sequence: EAPS 896, EAPS 897,and EAPS 898. Further information on the internship is provided in the next section.

    A Policy Analysis Elective, offered in the fall or spring semester of the second year, may be one of the following courses:

    • EAPS 500 Educational Governance, Policy, and Administration
    • EAPS 609 Leadership for Cradle to Career Education Systems
    • EAPS 670 Analysis for Educational Policy and Leadership
    • EAPS 671 Current Research on Educational Leadership and School Reform
    • EAPS 674 Educational Administration in Federal and State Governments

    Students judged to lack sufficient background in teaching and learning, or in any other area relevant to program expectations, will be required to complete additional coursework in those areas. This coursework should be completed prior to the start of the internship.

    Scheduled course offerings assume steady progress to program completion. A student who does not successfully complete a course may be obliged to wait a year to take that course, and then progress to the next stage of the study program.

    AGC in School District Leadership

    The Advanced Graduate Certificate program in School District Leadership (SDL)is a 15 credit hour program. The sequence and content of courses are prescribed. All SDL students take the same courses.

    Students must apply for admission to the AGC in School District Leadership program. Admission to the program requires completion of the AGC in School Building Leadership, or its equivalent. Students judged to lack sufficient background or preparation in any area of the AGC in SBL will be required to complete additional coursework in the areas so identified. Such areas may include teaching and learning, including assessment and classroom matters, for example.

    The SDL courses are:

    • EAPS 623 School Board and Community Relations
    • EAPS 631 Economics of Education II
    • EAPS 673 Advanced Human Resource Policies in Education
    • EAPS 770 Law and School District Leadership
    • EAPS 780 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

    Students complete a major project appropriate for school district leadership in the Advanced Seminar (EAPS 780). This course must be repeated for students who have completed the AGC for School District Business Leadership. Students who have completed the AGC in School Building Leadership will satisfy the NYSED internship requirement for School District Leadership through the SBL program. Those students who have completed school leadership programs at other institutions, but who have completed internships judged not to be the equivalent of the EAPS internship, will be required to complete the internship offered through EAPS.

    Scheduled course offerings assume steady progress to program completion. A student who does not successfully complete a course may be obliged to wait a year to take that course, and so progress to the next stage of the study program.

    AGC in School District Business Leadership

    The Advanced Graduate Certificate program in School District Business Leadership (SDBL) is a 15 credit hour program. The sequence and content of courses are prescribed. All SDBL students take the same courses.

    Students must apply for admission to the AGC in School District Business Leadership program. Admission requires completion of the AGC in School Building Leadership, or its equivalent. Students judged to lack sufficient background or preparation in any area of the SBL will be required to complete additional coursework in the areas so identified.

    The SDBL courses are:

    • EAPS 631 Economics of Education II
    • EAPS 673 Advanced Human Resource Policies in Education
    • EAPS 730 Advanced School Business Management
    • EAPS 770 Law and School District Leadership
    • EAPS 780 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

    Students complete a major project appropriate for school district business leadership in the Advanced Seminar (EAPS 780). This course must be repeated for students who have completed the AGC for School District Leadership. Students who have completed the AGC in School Building Leadership will satisfy the NYSED internship requirement for the SDBL program through the SBL program. Those students who have completed school leadership programs at other institutions, but who have completed internships judged not to be the equivalent of the EAPS internship, will be required to undertake and complete the internship offered through EAPS.

    Scheduled course offerings assume steady progress to program completion. A student who does not successfully complete a course may be obliged to wait a year to take that course, and so progress to the next stage of the study program.

  • Internship
  • Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit
  • State Assessments
  • Recommendation for Certification

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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