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Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum and Instruction

Program of Study


Core Courses

  • Principles of Curriculum Development
  • Principles of Instruction
  • Foundations of Research in Curriculum and Instruction


Five courses in your chosen field of study.

Inquiry Skills

Minor Field/Electives

Choose electives in your area of interest.

Comprehensive Exam

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Jason Vickers at [email protected].

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Areas of Specialization
Learning, Teaching, and Teacher Education

Study methods of teaching across disciplines and differences that value student and teacher voices as important sources of knowledge and understanding.

Learning Sciences and Technology

Conduct cross-disciplinary research that investigates new learning processes, models, programs, and systems enabled by innovative designs of technology.

Language and Technology

Examine the ways language is used within and around educational technologies, and how discourse shapes instructional environments, learning processes, and outcomes.

Literacy, Language, and Culture

Research correlations between literacy, language, and culture in language learning and the role of cultural and linguistic practices in school-based and out-of-school learning.

Science and Mathematics Education

Focus on topics related to teaching K-12 and post-secondary science and mathematics, such as mathematical play, gaming and modeling, and computing education.

TESOL and Second Language Acquisition

Explore concepts in second language acquisition including pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, intercultural communication, and multilingualism.

Society, Equity, and Social Studies

Examine how K-12 education and social studies coursework can help foster just and equitable societies. Research areas include civic engagement, democratic classrooms, history education, and socially responsible teaching.

Career Paths


Graduates of the certificate in advanced studies often pursue careers in which they can work on improving course content and instructional methods in K-12 classrooms and other educational settings to help students achieve success.

Program alumni are employed by public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies with job titles such as: Curriculum manager, Education administrator, Training specialist, Program director, Teacher

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: February 25
  • Spring: November 19
  • Summer: February 25

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least two letters of academic recommendation from Professors)
  • GRE
  • Statement of Goals
Special Notes

Two of the three required letters of recommendation must be academic. Please check with the department to see if applications are being accepted after the published deadline date. Applications for all three semesters will be reviewed two weeks following deadline (excluding holidays and vacation weeks) with the latest notification two weeks following review.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Certificate of Advanced Study
  • Our students are able to read and write critically and analytically on critical issues in educational theory and research.
  • Our students develop in depth knowledge of current research and theory in their particular area of specialization.
  • Our CAS students are able to articulate researchable educational problems and plan and carry out well-framed studies that address these problems. 
  • Our CAS students are able to participate effectively in the community of educational researchers, including collaborative working groups, professional presentations, and publication in formats and genres appropriate to their fields of specialization.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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