Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

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.



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
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

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action 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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1