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Chief School Administrator Certificate: Adv Graduate Study

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Program Information

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The CAGS in Chief School Administrator is designed to provide students with the course content and internship totaling 33 credit hours past the Master's degree necessary for the certification from the State of New Jersey. New Jersey requires 30 credit hours in advanced graduate study and a 150 hour internship (33 credits total) in addition to the Master's degree as part of the certification process for candidates without a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and 5 years experience as a principal. It also enables students interested in advanced competency coursework to engage with relevant coursework without matriculating into the Ed.D. program. The CAGS also allows students who are unsuccessful in the doctoral program as a result of an inability to pass the Benchmark II (BMII) [the program's comprehensive exam] to be recognized for the successful completion of the program's core courses. A student who has made a B- or better, and earned no more than two B-, in the required courses may be eligible for the CAGS in Chief Administrator Certification.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.

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The Chief School Administrator Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 33 graduate semester hours (11 courses).

The following courses make up the Chief School Administrator Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program.

  • 11 Courses / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
EDSU 28715 Leadership Theory 3
EDSU 28706 Diversity in Educational Leadership 3
EDST 24504 Action Research in Education 3
EDAM 27704 Changing Organizations 3
EDAM 27733 The Policy Environment 3
EDAM 27750 Applied Ethics of Educational Leadership 3
EDAM 27714 Planning And Negotiating 3
EDAM 27790 Instructional Leadership and the Curriculum 3
EDAM 27735 Promoting Effective Learning 3
EDAM 27749 Issues in School Governance 3
EDSU 28602 Field Service in Supervision: District Internship 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Master's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (On a 4.0 scale)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Certificate Program Acknowledgement
  • NJ DOE Record of Professional Experience
    • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in an educational setting
  • Copy of NJ Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
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