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Educational Leadership, C.A.S.

Future Leaders Scholarship covering up to 70% of tuition!
Additional scholarships available for educators of color.

The C.A.S. program in Educational Leadership prepares graduates to be effective, collaborative, equitable, and compassionate administrators in school buildings and districts.

This program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership leads to dual New York State certification as a School Building Leader and a School District Leader. Graduates focus on educational equity and have a deep understanding of the roles they will play as leaders in the 21st century schools, and hold roles as superintendents, assistant and associate superintendents, principals, directors, chairs, and other school and district leadership positions.

Emphasis is placed on the relationships between curriculum and instructional development, supervision of instruction, professional development, and organizational development, and the ways in which information on student learning can be used to improve teaching and learning. As a student, you will:

  • Enhance your skills as a leader responsible for systems that support learning by students who struggle or who have traditionally been marginalized, but who learn most effectively when given full access to the same learning opportunities as others.
  • Understand how school leaders support the development of children’s interest and skills in reading, writing, and oral expression across all parts of the curriculum, along with in-depth understanding of leadership issues in specific subject areas.
  • Participate in eduSIMS to simulate challenging situations with trained actors, to develop abilities to resolve conflicts, political challenges, and to sharpen interpersonal and group decision-making skills.
  • Develop the ability to resolve conflicts, ethical dilemmas, and political challenges faced by educational leaders, and sharpen interpersonal communication skills while enhancing group decision making, and promoting collaboration and community building.
  • Understand the institutional, legal, policy, fiscal, and external political contexts of education, and the technical and organizational systems that determine how those contexts affect teaching and learning.

Program Contacts

Leela George, Associate Teaching Professor
legeorge@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Leela George
Jeanne Schmidt, Assistant to T&L Department Chair
jmschmid@syr.edu|315.443.1468
Jeanne Schmidt
Michelle Mondo, Office Coordinator
mrmondo@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Michelle Mondo
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505