Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

Certificate of Advanced Study Program

Program Code: CAS-ED

Major Code: ECP

HEGIS 0828

Elementary Education and Reading Department

Nancy A. Chicola, Chair and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator

Bacon 302, (716) 878-5916


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This post-master’s degree program leads to a certificate of advanced study (CAS) in educational leadership and to New York State certification of both School Building Leader and School District Leader.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Evidence of a valid permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching, pupil personnel service, or administration that was issued by any state or national government (submit one copy with application).
  2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Three recommendation forms that attest to applicant potential as an educational leader.
  4. Three years of successful teaching and/or supervisory and/or pupil personnel service experience in schools or agencies (pre-K-12).
  5. Statement of leadership interests, goals, and relevant professional and community service.
  6. An interview providing evidence of successful leadership potential.
  7. Evidence of satisfactory verbal and written English language skills.
  8. Acceptable score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Each admission requirement is scored according to criteria on an evaluation rubric. The total score is compiled so that any one requirement will not preclude admission, but an overall snapshot of potential student success will be considered.

In addition, all applicants should adhere to the requirements detailed in the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog and utilize any related Supplemental Application Forms.

Program Requirements:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required to remain in the program. Coursework (including transfer credit) and field and internship experiences must be completed within six years of the date of enrollment in the program.
  2. An application for admission to candidacy, signed by the student, the student’s academic adviser, the department chair, and the School of Education dean, must be submitted after the completion of 6 credit hours and before the completion of 12 credit hours.
  3. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in the program.
  4. After the successful completion of EDL 703 (Educational Leadership Internship, a 3-credit course), students may enroll in EDL 705 (School District Internship, a 2-credit course) At the completion of each internship experience, a letter grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) is awarded.
  5. All coursework must receive a minimum grade of C to meet program requirements.
  6. A maximum of 12 graduate credit may be transferred upon approval. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

27 cr

EDL 552

Public School Law

EDL 606

School-Community Relations

EDL 607

Site-Based Leadership

EDL 612

School Business Management and Finance

EDL 630

Curriculum Leadership

EDL 631

Supervision of Teaching

EDL 702

Field Experiences

EDL 703

Educational Leadership Internship (SBL)

EDL 704

Seminar in Educational Change

Problem Solving Sequence

8 cr

Choose two (2) of the three (3) problem-solving courses and the required internship

for a total of 8 credits.

EDL 559

Principles of Creative Problem Solving

EDL 706

Problems in Leadership

EDL 683

Facilitation of Group Problem Solving

EDL 705

School District Leader Internship (2 cr)

Elective Courses

3 cr

Select one course from the following list

EDL 500

Multicultural Education

EDL 560

Methods, Theories, and Models of Creative Learning

EDL 590

Advanced School Law (course by contract)

EDL 602

Administration of Special Education Programs

EDL 608

Administration of Programs for the Young Child

EDL 652

Special Education School Law

EDL 707

Computer Applications in Education Administration

EDL 714

Personnel Administration in Schools

Total Required Credit Hours

38 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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