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Graduate Programs

School Building Leader [SBL] C.A.S. (Track 1) (Certificate of Advanced Study)

Educational Leadership Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan, chair
Kevin Mack, coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2444
Fax:
607-758-5007

Overview

Augment your perspective and skill in administration as you take the next step to advance your career in educational leadership if you hold a master's degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York. Discover valuable approaches for integrating theory and practice to effectively develop schools and other learning communities when you choose the school building leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of our expert educational leadership faculty, you'll explore key topics in finance, curriculum, special programs and organization. You'll also investigate critical legal issues and the role a principal plays in creating a dynamic educational environment. In addition, you'll delve into strategic supervision and leadership. This program will prepare you for New York state's School Building Leader Assessment.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing an internship in educational leadership, you'll participate in a culminating seminar that blends your classroom and practical experiences.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the school building leader C.A.S. program, you're well prepared to take on the responsibilities of any building administrator position.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now

  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating the master's degree already conferred

  3. Proof of permanent or professional New York state teaching certification

  4. Evidence of a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting

  5. Recommendations: 

    1. from an administrator in your district's central office

    2. from your immediate supervisor

    3. from another educational supervisor/administrator of your choice

  6. Essay: A written essay (one-to-two pages only, word processed, double-spaced with 12-point type) that addresses the following question: What is your vision of the school leader in American public schools of the 21st century"

    1. This essay is due with all other application materials and becomes part of the application file; this paper should not be handed in at a separate time
    2. This paper should be well written in the form and quality that a future school leader would proudly provide a superintendent and/or board of education for review.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 and above and a satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the department. All candidates must have a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for School Building Leader [SBL] C.A.S. (Track 1)

School Building Leader and School District Leader [SBL_SDL] C.A.S. (Track 4) (Certificate of Advanced Study)

Educational Leadership Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan, chair

Kevin Mack, coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213

607-753-2444
Fax:
607-758-5007

Overview

Take the next step to advance your career in educational leadership if you hold a master's degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York. Combine theory and practice to effectively develop schools and other learning communities when you choose the school building leader and school district leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of SUNY Cortland's expert educational leadership faculty, you'll examine critical topics in finance, curriculum, organization and special programs. You'll also investigate key qualities for guiding a school district, important legal issues, the dimensions of serving as a principal, and the elements and value of strategic supervision. This program will prepare you for New York state's School Building Leader and School District Leader Assessments.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing an internship in educational leadership, you'll participate in a culminating seminar that integrates your classroom and practical experiences.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the school building leader and school district leader C.A.S. program, you're well prepared for the responsibilities of positions such as subject and content area supervisor, building administrator, director of athletics and physical education, director of special education, curriculum coordinator, superintendent or central office administrator. 

If you qualify for this dual program and follow through to successful completion, you'll greatly enhance your marketability in the workforce.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating the master's degree already conferred
  3. Proof of permanent or professional New York state teaching certification
  4. Recommendations: 
    1. from an administrator in your district's central office
    2. from your immediate supervisor
    3. from another educational supervisor/administrator of your choice
  5. Essay: A written essay (one-to-two pages only, word processed, double-spaced with 12-point type) that addresses the following question: What is your vision of the school leader in American public schools of the 21st century"
    1. This essay is due with all other application materials and becomes part of the application file; this paper should not be handed in at a separate time
    2. This paper should be well written in the form and quality that a future school leader would proudly provide a superintendent and/or board of education for review.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 and above and a satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the department. All candidates must have a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for School Building Leader and School District Leader [SBL_SDL] C.A.S. (Track 4)

School District Business Leader [SDBL] C.A.S. (Track 3) (Certificate of Advanced Study)

Educational Leadership Program 

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan, chair
Kevin Mack, coordinator

Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2444

Fax:
607-758-5007

Overview

Help your school district develop and maintain sound fiscal strategies as you advance your career in educational leadership if you hold a master's degree. Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively develop schools and other learning communities. Combine theory and practice when you choose the school district business leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of our expert educational leadership faculty, you'll examine critical topics such as finance, curriculum, organization and facilities maintenance and management. You'll also investigate key legal issues and the elements and value of strategic supervision, and you'll benefit from field studies that take you inside local schools for firsthand observation of district operations and activities. This program will prepare you for New York state's School District Business Leader Assessment.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing an internship in educational leadership, you'll participate in a culminating seminar that blends your classroom and practical experiences.

Career Potential

The school district business leader certificate issued by New York state enables holders without teaching credentials to qualify for positions having professional responsibilities for the business operation of a school district.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating the master's degree already conferred
  3. Recommendations if you are in the teaching field: 
    1. from an administrator in your district's central office
    2. from your immediate supervisor
    3. from another educational supervisor/administrator of your choice
  4. Recommendations if you are from a non-teaching, non-traditional background:
    1. from your current organization's chief executive officer
    2. from your immediate supervisor
    3. from an educational supervisor/administrator of your choice
  5. Essay: A written essay (one-to-two pages only, word processed, double-spaced with 12-point type) that addresses the following question: What is your vision of the school leader in American public schools of the 21st century"
    1. This essay is due with all other application materials and becomes part of the application file; this paper should not be handed in at a separate time
    2. This paper should be well written in the form and quality that a future school leader would proudly provide a superintendent and/or board of education for review.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 and above and a satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the department.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for School District Business Leader [SDBL] C.A.S. (Track 3)

School District Leader [SDL] C.A.S. (Track 2) (Certificate of Advanced Study)

Educational Leadership Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan, chair
Kevin Mack, coordinator

Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2444
Fax:
607-758-5007

Overview

Expand your capacity to envision district-wide impact and improvement in education as you learn to integrate theory and practice to effectively develop schools and other learning communities. If you hold a master's degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York, you can advance your career in educational leadership by choosing the school district leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Under the direction of our expert educational leadership faculty, you'll investigate critical topics in finance, special education, curriculum and organization. You'll also explore important legal issues, the elements and value of strategic supervision and key qualities for guiding a school district. This program will prepare you for New York state's School District Leader Assessment.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing an internship in educational leadership, you'll participate in a culminating seminar that merges your classroom and practical experiences.

Career Potential

With your successful completion of the school district leader C.A.S. program, you're well prepared for the responsibilities of positions such as subject and content area supervisor, director of athletics and physical education, director of special education, curriculum coordinator, superintendent or central office administrator.

To further enhance your marketability in the work force, we strongly suggest you apply, if qualified, for the dual school building leader/school district leader degree.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating the master's degree already conferred
  3. Proof of permanent or professional New York state teaching certification
  4. Evidence of a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting
  5. Recommendations: 
    1. from an administrator in your district's central office
    2. from your immediate supervisor
    3. from another educational supervisor/administrator of your choice
  6. Essay: A written essay (one-to-two pages only, word processed, double-spaced with 12-point type) that addresses the following question: What is your vision of the school leader in American public schools of the 21st century"
    1. This essay is due with all other application materials and becomes part of the application file; this paper should not be handed in at a separate time
    2. This paper should be well written in the form and quality that a future school leader would proudly provide a superintendent and/or board of education for review.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 and above and a satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the department. All candidates must have a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for School District Leader [SDL] C.A.S. (Track 2)

Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6 [TSD] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Special Education Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan
, chair
Cynthia Moriarity, graduate coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2447
Fax: 607-758-5007

Overview

Expand on your strong commitment to inclusive special education for children in grades 1-6 by studying for the M.S.Ed. in teaching students with disabilities at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With your bachelor's degree in childhood/elementary education or a bachelor's degree in education that includes childhood education content areas such as health, physical education, art, music, early childhood, speech and language disabilities, or special education, you can extend your capacities in assessment, curriculum and instruction, educational research, and administration.

As you collaborate with our dedicated professional faculty, you'll explore topics such as discipline and social skill development for students with disabilities, teaching the special education learner in the general education classroom, students with disabilities in context, and foundations of education. To receive an annotation in teaching students with severe and/or multiple disabilities, you also may choose courses in teaching students with severe/multiple disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Culminating Experiences

In addition to an internship in teaching students with disabilities that takes place in schools in grade 1-6 classrooms, you will complete a culminating master's project, in which you'll examine a research question or topic focused on issues relating to students with disabilities in educational settings.

Career Potential

The M.S.Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities from SUNY Cortland leads to New York certification in Students with Disabilities, grades 1-6. This program enhances your professional credentials and prepares you for potential positions such as special or inclusive education teacher, chair of a committee on special education (CSE), developmental disabilities specialist, or community or college instructor.

This program is intended for students who have a bachelor's degree in childhood/elementary education or students who have a bachelor's degree in education that incorporates childhood education content including health, physical education, art, music, early childhood, speech and language disabilities, or special education. It requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved graduate course work including student internship and culminating experiences. Students may elect to take an additional six credit hours in approved course work to receive an annotation in Teaching Students with Severe and/or Multiple Disabilities.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of reference detailing the ability to meet the rigors of graduate study and the commitment to, and competence in, working with students with disabilities (submitted online with the application).
  4. A personal statement (submitted online with the application) indicating:

a. reasons for wanting to work with students with disabilities, including personal experiences that have influenced this decision,
b. reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies and this program specifically,
c. discussion of long-term professional goals and your view of how this program will support achieving them, and
d. any other information deemed relevant.

     5. Documentation of initial certification in childhood education or in field that incorporates childhood education content — evidence of pending or awarded certification.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Note 1:  If you graduated more than 10 years prior to application, you may be required to provide additional evidence of more recent academic competence, such as continuing education courses, CEUs or other appropriate documentation.

Note 2:  An interview with the TSD program coordinator or designee may be required if deemed necessary after application review.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6 [TSD] M.S.Ed.

Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 [TDA] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Special Education Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Janet Duncan, chair
David Smukler, graduate coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2447
Fax: 607-758-5007

Overview

Expand on your strong commitment to inclusive special education for children in grades 7-12 by studying for the M.S.Ed. in teaching students with disabilities at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

If you have certification in adolescence education, this program allows you to pursue a master's degree and certification in teaching students with disabilities in grades 7-12. Your course work includes disability studies, discipline and social skill development for students with disabilities, teaching the special education learner in the general education classroom, adaptive technology, working with students with disabilities in a variety of contexts and foundations of education.

A 150-hour internship working with students with disabilities is required.

The degree requires 35 credit hours of prescribed graduate study. It can be completed full time over approximately 15 months or part time over two years.

Culminating Experience

In addition to an internship in teaching students with disabilities that takes place in schools in grade 7-12 classrooms, you will complete a culminating master's project involving research on an educational issue related to students with disabilities.

Career Potential

The M.S.Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 from SUNY Cortland leads to New York state certification in Students with Disabilities, grades 7-12. This program enhances your professional credentials and prepares you for potential positions such as:

  • Special education teacher, grades 7-12
  • Resource room teacher, grades 7-12
  • Committee on Special Education (CSE) chair
  • Developmental disabilities specialist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Transition Services Coordinator
  • Supported Employment Job Coach Specialist

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of reference detailing the ability to meet the rigors of graduate study and the commitment to, and competence in, working with students with disabilities (submitted online with the application).
  4. A personal statement (submitted online with the application) indicating:

a. reasons for wanting to work with students with disabilities, including personal experiences that have influenced this decision,
b. reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies and this program specifically,
c. discussion of long-term professional goals and your view of how this program will support achieving them, and
d. any other information deemed relevant.

5. Documentation of initial certification in adolescence education — evidence of pending or awarded certification. Documentation or transcript review showing eligibility for SWD 7-12 Generalist certification. If not yet completed, SWD 7-12 requirements can be fulfilled as part of the program.

6. Documentation of successful completion of six credit hours of course work at the undergraduate or graduate level in literacy development and language acquisition that may have been completed as part of your adolescence education program.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Note 1:  If you graduated more than 10 years prior to application, you may be required to provide additional evidence of more recent academic competence, such as continuing education courses, CEUs or other appropriate documentation.

Note 2:  An interview with the TSD 7-12 program coordinator or designee may be required if deemed necessary after application review.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 [TDA] M.S.Ed.