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Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum and Instruction


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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


See graduate bulletin for details.


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

Required Credentials & Deadlines

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

Application Deadlines with Departmental Assistantship Consideration:

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

The application deadline with no Departmental Assistantship Consideration is rolling. 

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.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529