Educational Leadership, S.Y.C.

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The Sixth Year Program

The Sixth Year Program in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare qualified and effective organizational leaders, primarily in the field of education. Those who successfully complete a planned program of at least 30 credit hours within six years are awarded a Professional Diploma of Advanced Graduate Study. Educators who hold certificates for service in the public schools and meet experience requirements may qualify for certification as intermediate administrators/supervisors through prescribed coursework, fieldwork, and assessment processes of the sixth year program.

Application Requirements

Please note: To matriculate in this certification program, candidates must have earned a master 's degree, maintained (at the post- baccalaureate level) a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Any applicant with an undergraduate grade point average below 2.70 must apply for a waiver.

Certification through this program provides its graduates the basic background for positions as assistant principals, principals, staff developers, supervisors of instruction, curriculum coordinators, assistant superintendents of schools, department chairpersons and supervisors in special subjects or fields such as art, elementary or secondary education, health and physical education, special education, pupil services, and subject matter disciplines.

Program Sequence -30 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Students must maintain an Overall GPA and a Program GPA of a 3.2 or higher.

Required Courses for a Sixth Year Diploma
EDL 680 – School Administration: Leadership Perspectives – 3 credits
EDL 681 – School Administration: Leadership Development – 3 credits
EDL 684 – Learning Theory into Practice – 3 credits
EDL 685 – Curriculum Development – 3 credits
EDL 682 – School Administration: Organizational Development – 3 credits
EDL 683 – Supervision and Staff Development – 3 credits
EDL 687 – Internship/Field Practice I – 1.5 credits
EDL 688 – Internship/Field Practice II – 1.5 credits
EDL 602 – School Law – 3 credits
EDL 657 – School Finance – 3 credits
EDL 689 – Seminar in Administration – 3 credits

*EDL 687 & EDL 688 must be taken in contiguous semesters. Both are required for certification.

The field experience/internship is satisfied by successfully completing and reporting on a formal internship. The student works under the joint supervision of a faculty adviser and a practicing school administrator or supervisor. Students must enroll in consecutive semesters for the internship. EDL 687 and EDL 688 are required to meet the state certification requirements. 

Transfer credits may be accepted for inclusion in the certification and/or sixth year program however acceptance of transfer credit is very unlikely, and subject to department and School of Education policy governing the transfer of academic credit.


Graduate students enrolled in this program who hold or are eligible for a Connecticut Teaching Certificate and have five years of successful teaching experience in an approved public school may be recommended for an Initial Educator Certificate for Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor upon completion of the initial and intermediate requirements and EDL 687-688 (internship) in their planned programs (21 credit hours). Successful completion of one year of service under the Initial Educator Certificate leads to Provisional Educator certification as an Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor. To hold a Professional Educator certification, the individual must have completed a sixth year program of graduate studies, or completed 30 hours beyond the master's degree and served successfully as an intermediate administrator or supervisor for three years under the Provisional Educator certificate. 

Several important changes in certification requirements have been issued by the State Department of Education, some of which relate to special education, technology, and exit testing. Students are strongly urged to visit the departmental website ( for updated information.

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