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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership


Program Requirements

Sequence of Coursework

Recognizing that all school leaders must first possess a core set of teacher leadership skills, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) principal licensure program builds upon a solid foundation of teacher leader skills.

The first year of CAGS coursework and fieldwork focuses on learning to lead, facilitating adult professional learning and working with data as a teacher leader. This first-year sequence maps directly onto the one-year teacher leadership graduate certificate program.

The second year of the CAGS program focuses on the technical and adaptive skills of formal leadership, including legal issues in education, budgeting, supervision and evaluation, and community engagement. 

The CAGS sequence of courses and practicum experiences run as district-based cohorts and typically begin each fall term. Ultimately, the program supports both teacher leader and formal leader development, with a focus on adopting the informal and formal habits of mind and technical skills needed to lead effectively.


All candidates for licensure as principal/assistant principal will participate in a required practicum of 500 hours over the course of the two-year CAGS program. This is accomplished through an additional 3 credits of practicum/seminar work per semester over the two year CAGS sequence (a total of 12 credits across two years).

CAGS Coursework (36 credits)

The first year of the two-year CAGS program consists of the following teacher leadership courses (mapping onto the one-year Teacher Leadership Certificate):

AGS 730: Learning to Lead
AGS 800: Facilitative Leadership
AGS 734: Leading Professional Learning
EDS 835: Data-Driven Instruction

The second year of the program consists of the following formal leadership courses:

EDU 786: Theories and Techniques of Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
EDU 770: Education Law, Public Policy and Political Systems
AGS 732A: Organizational & Fiscal Issues of Comprehensive School Management
AGS 825: Leading School-Community Partnerships

Note: Across the two-year CAGS program, principal/assistant principal candidates will also complete 3 credits of practicum/seminar work each semester, for a total of 12 credits and 500 hours in schools.

Applying to the CAGS Program

For those interested in applying to the Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate Program (one-year) and/or the CAGS in Educational Leadership Program (two-years), please contact program coordinator Jacy Ippolito to determine eligibility and opportunities to join a district-based cohort.

Please note: All CAGS candidates seeking principal/assistant principal licensure must have completed the educator SEI endorsement from the State of Massachusetts. If the candidate does not have the required endorsement, the course must be taken during the CAGS program as an elective.

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