Program Overview

Program Coordinator Arthur Gould, (845) 257-2958,
Program ID 401A
Credits 60
Program Length Program can be completed in 1-2 semesters if enrolled full-time, but students must complete program within 6 years
Modality Hybrid or Online
Full-time/Part-time Full-time
Transfer Credits 30
Capstone Internship
Licensure/Certification NYSED Certification in School Building Leader & School District Leader

Program Description

The CAS in School Leadership is designed to prepare caring, critical, and reflective professionals to succeed as school leadersThe program leads to professional NYS certification as a School Building Leader and School District Leader and has been updated to better serve working teachers and other educational professionals.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

  • One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate course work; both the baccalaureate and master’s transcripts should be from regionally accredited institutions with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the graduate level.
  • A valid permanent/professional New York State teaching certificate.
  • Three letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators. 
  • Proof from the school district of at least three years of teaching experience prior to graduation.
  • An essay that addresses the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
  • A completed graduate application.

Curriculum Requirements (401A)

(Master’s degree + 30 credits)

Master’s degree (30 Credits)
Upon matriculation, work with your advisor to identify and transfer up to 30 credits from master's degree.30
Required Courses (12 Credits)
EDA763Educational Supervision and Accountability 3
EDA759Administrative Leadership and School Organization3
EDA772Administrative Theory and Practice 3
EDA775New York State Education Law and Policy Implementation 3
Select 4 Elective Courses (by advisement) (0 Credits)12
Internship in Educational Administration (0 Credits)6
Internship in Educational Administration and Supervision
or EDA702
Internship In Educational Administration and Supervision II
Total Credits60

Program Requirements

  • File a “plan of study” with your assigned advisor within 90 days after matriculation. Matriculation must be completed prior to completing 6 credits.
  • Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within five years of matriculation.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Complete an approved Child Abuse Seminar.
  • Complete an approved S.A.V.E. Seminar (Those who take EDA775 will have satisfied the state’s requirements.)
  • Passing of appropriate State Education Department leadership exam(s).

Upon completion of the CAS program, the College will recommend the candidate to the State Education Department for certification. The State Education Department grants certificates in September and February for those who apply through New Paltz.


SBL/SDL Intern: Students must complete the three core courses and one additional administrative elective course (under advisement) before applying for the Internship.

All students applying for an Internship must submit the Internship Proposal Application to the department by the posted deadline (May 1st for Fall Semester Internship; December 1st for Spring Semester Internship). For inquiries concerning the Internship Proposal Application, contact your advisor. Prospective intern candidates will be notified by the Intern Coordinator regarding deficiencies or acceptance.

Program Learning Outcomes 

School Leadership (CAS)

Candidates who successfully complete the CAS in School Leadership program at SUNY New Paltz will: 

  • Content Knowledge:  Demonstrate excellent overall knowledge relevant for New York State school building and school district administration. 
  • Mission, Vision, Core Values, Ethics, Norms:  Demonstrate skill in developing a school culture and a learning environment that promotes excellence, diversity, and equity based upon a common mission, vision, core values, ethics and equity. 
  • School Improvement, Curriculum and Instruction, Building Capacity for Personnel through Professional Development:  Demonstrate knowledge and skill in school improvement by building and sustaining a school vision, sharing leadership, engaging in a shared decision-making process, leading a learning community, using data to make instructional decisions, and monitoring curriculum and instruction, and providing opportunities for professional development for staff and faculty. 
  • Family and Community Engagement, Equity and Cultural Responsiveness: Demonstrate the ability to engage families of diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources with the school community to benefit students. 
  • Managing Operational Systems and Resources: Demonstrate the ability to ethically utilize the resources of money, time, space, electronics, and personnel resources in compliance with NYS Law and local policies for maximum effect on student learning. 
  • Disposition: Demonstrate the ability to establish excellent professional interpersonal relations, engage in professional growth opportunities, effectively communicate in writing and oral interactions, prepare and organize for required responsibilities, exhibit flexibility, initiative, tenacity, and ethical behaviors, engage in self-reflection, exhibit fairness, equity, and social justice in their interactions, presents in a professional and contextually appropriate manner, and shows emotional maturity.