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Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Grad Study

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Increasingly, educational administrators are asked to demonstrate their competence through credentials and certificates. The CAGS in Educational Leadership enables students interested in advanced competency coursework to engage with foundational courses without matriculating into the Ed.D. program. The CAGS also allows matriculated students who are unsuccessful in the doctoral program as a result of an inability to pass the Benchmark I (BMI) [the program’s comprehensive exam] to be recognized for the successful completion of the program’s core courses. Moreover, matriculated students who are unable to complete the full doctoral program due to financial, personal, or professional exigencies may also earn the CAGS upon successful completion of the first four courses of the program. These courses convey key concepts related to leadership, organizational development and change, research, and diversity. Students who complete these courses are familiar with foundational theories in Educational Leadership and the application of these theories to changing educational organizations into learning organizations committed to access, success, and educational equity for all stakeholders.

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The Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a full-time or part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 12 graduate semester hours (4 courses), which are possible to complete in 1 to 2 consecutive semesters.

The following courses make up the Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program.

  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
EDSU 28715 Leadership Theory 3
EDST 24721 Action Research in Educational Leadership 3
EDSU 28706 Diversity in Educational Leadership 3
EDAM 27704 Changing Organizations 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
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
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