Organizational Change Certificate
Certificate of Advanced Study
Program Director: Dr. Carla Finkelstein
The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Organizational Change is an interdisciplinary program designed for students wishing to continue their education at the post-master's level and complete a state-approved Administrator I program.
- Certification as a teacher or licensure as a school professional and currently working in a school or educational setting in the school of Maryland
- Minimum of three years of teaching or relevant professional experience in a public or private school
- Completion of master's degree in education, administration, or related field from a regionally accredited college or university**
College transcript record of successful completion of a special education course (graduate or undergraduate)
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission or 2.80 for conditional admission
Please complete the online application, including the following:
- Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current school administrator or educational leader who can attest to the applicant’s professional experience and suitability for leadership)
- Copy of current teaching certificate or other professional licensure
- One-page personal statement indicating why the applicant is interested in pursuing graduate study in this track. The statement should describe why the applicant is pursuing graduate study in this track and what he/she hopes to learn to become an effective educational leader.
- An updated professional resume
Non-immigrant International Students
Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.
**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.
|Requirements for Certification 1, 2|
|ILPD 603||LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION||3|
|ILPD 667||CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT||3|
|ILPD 716||LEADERSHIP OF THE SCHOOLS||3|
|ILPD 740||EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION||3|
|ILPD 781||SEMINAR IN SUPERVISION||3|
|ILPD 797||INTERNSHIP IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP 3||3|
|Select four from the following:||12|
|LEADERSHIP & GROUP DYNAMICS|
|LEADERSHIP AND ACTION RESEARCH|
|PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS|
|LEADERSHIP THEORY & PRACTICE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS|
|TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT|
|LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE|
|SCHOOL BUDGETING AND FISCAL PLANNING|
|CULTURES AND CONTEXTS OF EQUITABLE SCHOOLS|
|EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY|
|SCHOOL, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS|
Courses that are approved for Administrator I Certification.
Candidates must take and pass the comprehensive examination in order to graduate from the program. Students are strongly advised to register for the comprehensive examination before registering for the internship. A student may not complete or earn a grade in the internship without successfully passing the comprehensive examination
Other courses may be selected as suitable to particular organizational or professional needs through consultation with the adviser.
Administrator I Certification
Please see requirements on Administrator I Certification page.
The Instructional Leadership and Professional Development Department offers two MSDE-approved programs for Administrator I preparation: a Master of Science in Transformational Educational Leadership and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (Organizational Change). Both fulfill the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards required for beginning educational leaders. NELP standards are aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for current educational leaders.
Candidates who successfully complete a building-level educational leadership preparation program understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary to:
- Collaboratively lead, design, and implement a school mission, vision, and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities that include data use, technology, equity, diversity, digital citizenship, and community.
- Understand and demonstrate the capacity to advocate for ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms.
- Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive school culture.
- Evaluate, develop, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, and assessment.
- Engage families, community, and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement, and advocate for the needs of their school and community.
- Improve management, communication, technology, school-level governance, and operation systems to develop and improve data-informed and equitable school resource plans and to apply laws, policies, and regulations.
- Build the school’s professional capacity, engage staff in the development of a collaborative professional culture, and improve systems of staff supervision, evaluation, support, and professional learning.
- Synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in NELP standards 1–7 in ways that approximate the full range of responsibilities required of building-level leaders.