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School District Business Leadership, C.A.S.

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

This program, a partnership between the Department of Teaching and Leadership and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, leads to New York State certification as a School District Business Leader and follows the professional preparation standards for school business management of the Association of School Business Officials.

There is an emphasis on the collective decision-making process involved in personnel management, labor relations, and long-term strategic planning. This program includes strong fundamental knowledge and skills in six key areas of district business operations:

  • Financial management and management of ancillary services
  • Education leadership and management
  • Education law
  • Human resource management and collective bargaining
  • Microeconomics
  • Program Evaluation

This program also includes 600 hours of intensive internship, usually spread over semesters, to give you first-hand experience in these and other areas that district business leaders face.

Graduates of this program often work in K-12 schools and districts as a Chief Officer, Assistant Superintendent, or Director in a budget, finance, human resources, facilities, or other non-instructional function. This program is often taken concurrently with either the C.A.S. in Educational Leadership or the Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School.

Program Contacts

Leela George, Assistant Teaching Professor
legeorge@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Leela George
Michelle Mondo, Office Coordinator; Extended Campus Coordinator
mrmondo@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Michelle Mondo
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505