CAGS in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The CAGS is designed for the self-directed, continuous learner who has earned a master’s degree and desires to develop knowledge of educational leadership and policy. The CAGS program is ideal for working professionals.

Students who wish to complete a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study work in collaboration with their academic advisor to develop an individualized program of study to realize their educational objectives. The minimum number of credits students must earn is 30, and students are encouraged to take several of the Pre-K–12 and/or Higher Education leadership courses related to their area(s) of interest.

Administrative Licensure

Students may elect to pursue a licensure track, which may require additional credits of coursework and a practicum experience.

The School of Education provides a sequence of courses approved for initial state licensure as superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, or assistant principal, including arrangements to carry out the required internship or practicum.

The licensure leadership track at Boston University School of Education is only open to students who have been formally admitted into a graduate program at the University and who meet all the admissions criteria. Candidates must also have, as required for the specific license sought, the appropriate MA Initial or Preliminary license or its equivalent from another state and the appropriate years of experience.

Students take the following core courses or approved substitutes (24 credits*):

  • SED AP 720 Performance-Based Educational Leadership (4 cr)
  • SED AP 758 School Governance, Finance, and Operations (4 cr)
  • SED AP 757 School Labor Relations and Personnel Management (2 cr)
  • SED AP 754 Educational Equity and the Law (2 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Strategic Planning and Implementation (4 cr)
  • SED AP 750 Educator Evaluation and Supervision (4 cr)
  • SED AP 526 Family and Community Engagement (2 cr)
  • SED TL 530 School Leadership: English Language Learners (2 cr)

*Those seeking the Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license will also take SED AP 761 Organizational Analysis. Those seeking the Special Education Administrator license will also take SED SE 744 School Administration and Special Needs (4 cr). Those seeking the Director/Supervisor license will only do one semester of the Leadership Practicum and Seminar and take SED CT 721 Analysis and Design of Curriculum (4 cr).

In addition, all students seeking Principal/Assistant Principal licensure in Massachusetts are required to pass the Massachusetts Professional Assessment for Leaders examination.

Practicum (8 cr; 4 cr for Supervisor/Director License)

Students participate in a practicum experience from the options listed below based on the license being sought. Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston that offer our students rewarding field experiences, under the guidance of expert school and district leaders.

  • SED AP 802 Practicum and Seminar: Pre-K–6 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 803 Practicum and Seminar: 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 804 Practicum and Seminar: 9–12 (8 cr)
  • SED AP 805 Practicum and Seminar: Superintendent/Asst. Supt. (8 cr)
  • SED CT 801 Practicum and Seminar: Supervisor/Director (4 cr)
  • SED SE 702 Practicum and Seminar: Special Ed. Adm. (8 cr)

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination as a part of the CAGS degree. Students must file a formal application for the examination with the Program Director and faculty advisor.