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Merrimack’s online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership offers targeted professional training for teachers, principals, district-level administrators and other educators who already hold a master’s degree. Our educational leadership certificate excels for its:
You can tailor Merrimack’s online educational leadership CAGS to focus on administration, teaching, counseling, curriculum, or any other aspect of school leadership. The program includes separate licensure and non-licensure tracks, as well as optional Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) preparation.
If you’re seeking licensure, the CAGS in educational leadership includes a 500-hour supervised practicum in a Massachusetts public school. In addition, all students complete a self-designed capstone project involving in-depth research or fieldwork.
You’ll learn from highly accomplished, attentive educational leaders and academicians. Merrimack’s high-touch online format encourages close collaboration, so you can build strong relationships with faculty and peers even as you work independently.
Like all of Merrimack College’s education graduate programs, the CAGS in educational leadership empowers educators to powerfully influence the communities they serve. You’ll gain the ability to enact reforms, generate progress and achieve transformation at all levels, from individual students to entire districts.
The online CAGS in educational leadership is designed for working professionals with full-time jobs. You can take up to 24 months to finish the program, working at a comfortable pace that fits your schedule and your budget. Upon admission to the educational leadership graduate program, you’ll automatically be considered for a scholarship based on financial need and academic merit.
Merrimack’s online CAGS in educational leadership equips you to address challenges and solve problems. You’ll explore the most current issues facing educators in Massachusetts and nationwide, acquiring practical tools to improve student performance, teacher effectiveness and school- or district-level outcomes.
All students will complete core coursework in advanced educational leadership, collaborative leadership, educational policy & law, and engagement of family and community stakeholders. Depending on your career objectives, you can build additional expertise in educational leadership topics such as:
The educational leadership CAGS is intended for experienced professionals who seek initial licensure in educational leadership, as well as licensed educational leaders who desire an advanced or specialized leadership role. The program includes a separate track for students who seek only to complete Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) requirements in preparation for administrative licensure.
Depending on your educational role and level of experience, the CAGS in educational leadership can provide a foundation for a broad range of careers, including: