The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is offered to provide an intensive, cohesive program of professional development for educational specialists beyond the master's level. It requires an academic-specific specialty area, without the extended commitment and formal examination of the doctoral program. It is not a University degree program but a College of Education certificate program. The certificate is awarded upon completion of a 30-credit-hour program of study beyond the master's degree. All 30 credits must be taken at the University within a four-year period, and at least 15 credits must be taken in the College of Education. A minimum of 18 credits used toward fulfillment of the CAGS requirement must be at or above the 600 level.
The College of Education offers two highly structured Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) programs leading to licensure as a School Psychologist and as a Special Education Administrator. The School Psychology licensure program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and leads to state licensure. The Special Education Administrator program has a distinct focus on the skills that leaders need to address the growing demands in the field and of an increasingly diverse group of students.
The College of Education also offers educational practitioners the opportunity to pursue an organized, post-Master's course of study which will prepare them for the role of Master teacher and enhance their ability to be leaders in educational reform. This course of study leads to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). CAGS students may select a focus for their professional study from any of the School's concentrations or may pursue an Interdisciplinary program of study consisting of advanced courses in pedagogy and advanced courses in the Arts and Sciences.