Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Curriculum and Instruction allows students to design a flexible program of study using coursework from a variety of schools and colleges at the University. The program offers coursework for students seeking advanced study in any of the doctoral program specializations. The Certificate of Advanced Study does not require a dissertation of original research as is required for the doctorate.

Program of Study (60 credits, minimum) Form

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of sixty hours of study and research beyond the baccalaureate. This program is suggested for those who wish advanced study in a particular topic but are not interested in pursuing research. The program of study can include courses in several colleges and schools of the University.

The core requirement (15 credit hours) consists of three courses which must be taken at the University at Albany by all candidates for the CAS. These courses are:

  • Tap 710 Principles of Curriculum Development (3);
  • Tap 720 Principles of Instruction (3);
  • Tap 773 Foundations of Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3).

In addition, students must take two advanced courses or seminars from the Tap 700-800 sequence.

Specialization (15 credit hours minimum)

The student's specialization should be selected in consultation with his or her advisor and should reflect the student's career goals and interests. The Department currently has four specializations which students may elect to pursue. These are (1) Instructional Theory, Design, and Technology; (2) Research and Evaluation in Curriculum and Instruction; (3) Language in Education; and (4) Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Students may also elect a general program of study on issues of educational theory and practice, tailored to their specific background and career goals.

Minor Field/Elective Courses

The study of educational theory and practice in the area of curriculum and instruction requires the use of many concepts drawn from the humanities and from the social and behavioral sciences. In conjunction with their advisors, students should plan a coherent set of supporting courses drawn from other specializations within ETAP, from related departments within the School of Education, and from other departments within the University. Such courses should be selected to support the student's concentration and are not unrestricted courses. In some cases a formal minor field may be appropriate, and must be arranged so as to meet the requirements of the relevant academic department.

Inquiry Skills (3 credits minimum)

Each student must take at least one course devoted to the interpretation of research for educators. The selection of the course should be discussed with the student's advisor.

Comprehensive Examination Form

Upon completion of approximately 45 credits, minimum, of post-baccalaureate study applicable to the certificate, the student must complete satisfactorily a comprehensive examination to qualify for the certificate.

CAS Comprehensive Examination

Procedures for the CAS Comprehensive Examination are identical to those for the new Doctoral Comprehensive Examination, but the evaluation criteria reflect the objectives of the CAS.

Students will:

  • Understand educational research and theory and apply it to explain practical situations and improve practice;
  • Display expertise/deep knowledge of teaching and learning in their particular area of specialization.