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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

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 School 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 School of Education. A minimum of 18 credits used toward fulfillment of the CAGS requirement must be at or above the 600 level.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. and CAGS is competitive and based on faculty evaluation of an applicant’s relevant experiences, research interests, academic record, and a match between the student and concentration interest. Students applying to the concentration will meet criteria for admission to the Graduate School and admission policies of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Admission decisions are based on multiple sources of information. College transcripts, work experience, interests, MTEL exam results for students who have graduated from a college/university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and recommendations are considered in the selection process.

 

Admission Considerations

Applicants applying for the CAGS. in Special Education should possess a master's degree in special education or a related area (e.g. psychology, school psychology, communication disorders, school counseling, elementary/secondary education, educational administration) and demonstrate they have met the prerequisite competencies in special education which include the foundations of special education (e.g., laws, policies, and beliefs), assessment, curriculum and instruction in special education, and child development. It is preferred that applicants possess a teaching and/or administrative license from an NCATE approved program in special education or a related area and at least three years of teaching and/or administrative experience.

Applicants will meet criteria for admission to the Graduate School and admission policies of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Admission decisions are based on multiple sources of information. Graduate Record Examination scores, college transcripts, work experience, interests, and recommendations are considered in the selection process. Quantitative, verbal, and analytic aptitude, motivation to do well, a specific interest in the field of special education, and likely fit are four characteristics that are evaluated in the selection of potential doctoral students.

Course of Study

Please click to view a complete course of study for those individuals who have a Masters degree but do not hold a special education license.

Please click to view a complete course of study for those individuals who hold licensure as a special educator and have a Master's degree but are seeking licensure as an administrator of special education.

Other important information links

Contact Information:
John C. Carey, Concentration Coordinator
Room , 359 Hills House South; (413) 577-2382
carey@educ.umass.edu

Associated Faculty:
Mary Lynn Boscardin, Chair & Professor, Phone: 413-545-3610
Michael Krezmien, Assistant Professor, Phone: 413-545-1527
Jason Travers, Assistant Professor, Phone: 413 545-0991
Patricia A. Leins, Visiting Assistnat Professor