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Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE)

Program Overview

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE) in Instructional Leadership is a 30-credit program for experienced educators who have completed a master’s degree.  The program provides advanced studies in leadership, curriculum and pedagogy.  Educators acquire or enhance skills that will meet the needs of future educational leadership.


Why should I enroll in the CASE program?

  • Earn credits that can be used towards Notre Dame's Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership program.
  • Reach MA + 30 status in your school system.
  • Curriculum can be adapted to seek an additional certification such as ESOL, Reading Specialist, Admin I, Special Education and many more.


The Notre Dame Difference

  • Small class sizes, face to face instruction and personalized advising all mean that students receive an education that meets their needs.
  • Candidates develop the teaching tools to succeed in the classroom, as evidenced by the fact that 17 Notre Dame alums have been named Teachers of the Year in their school systems.


Student in class

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the CASE program at Notre Dame of Maryland University, an applicant must have already earned a master's degree in education or a related field.  The following documents must be provided to the School of Education.

1. Graduate Studies application form     (Application form available online)

2. Official transcript(s) sent directly to the School of Education office

(Please provide all official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate and/or community college course work. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to Chris Rhodovi at crhodovi@ndm.edu.  Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official translated transcript. For information about a World Education Services (WES) course by course evaluation, please visit www.wes.org.)

3. Two Letters of Recommendation     (Recommendation form available online)


This program consists of six 600-level courses and four electives.  Electives may be taken in a student’s area of special interest. Students must maintain a B average to be awarded a CASE certificate.

600-Level Courses (18 credits)

Select from among the following:

EDU-622     Education and Policy Analysis for Changing Schools (3)
EDU-624     Dialects in American Schools (3)
EDU-647     Learning, Language and the Brain (3)
EDU-660     Legislative and Legal Decisions Affecting Changing School Populations (3)
EDU-672     Changing School Population in Historical Perspective (3)
EDU-674     Global and International Perspectives in Education (3)
EDU-675     Democracy and Education: Philosophical Perspectives (3)
EDU-676     Educational Applications of Multimedia (3)  OR
EDU-665     Digital Game Based Learning and Design (3)
EDU-697     Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations (3)
EDU-698     Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (3)

Electives (12 Credits)

Areas of special interest are available in reading; administration and supervision; special education; global and multicultural education; curriculum planning; TESOL; historical, philosophical, and psychological perspectives; management; technology; marketing; and public relations.

The CASE program is flexible and the required courses in the Program of Study can be modified by the Advisor to allow students to obtain certification in the following areas:

  • Administration and Supervision
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics Instructional Leadership, Grades K-6 or Grades 4-9
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education
  • STEM, Grades K-6
  • Spanish

Students in class

Alumni and Career Opportunities

NDMU student Ainsley Tetreault is pursuing the CASE program with a focus on Gifted and Talented Education.  Ainsley explains how the CASE program has helped her learn new skills and advance in her career.

Participating in Socratic dialogue to really delve into a topic has been a valuable experience, especially in the Foundations of GT ED course. It really set the tone for the program and created a respectful, positive environment.  The courses are relevant to my current career and I am able to implement what I learn immediately. While the instruction and content has been valuable, I feel valued as a student. That is the mark of a good program.

The professors are top-notch! They are highly educated and experienced in the field. They can speak from former experience, but they are also well-versed in current research and practices. Having knowledgeable professors who share ideas and who are receptive of others’ ideas makes the program realistic and engaging.

I am a resource teacher in the Advanced Learner Programs Office in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. I help teachers meet the needs of their advanced/gifted students through professional development and/or co-planning. The collaborative nature of some of the NDM courses has helped me become more attuned to people and their strengths. Having the opportunity to work with people who have varied experiences and ideas really broadened my perspective of gifted education and allowed me to hone my skills. The knowledgeable professors has also been instrumental in preparing me for success in my career. 

Many students use the CASE program to advance to a higher salary bracket in their school systems.  With the additional certifications offered through the program, students can also move into administration or new instructional roles.


Frequently Asked Questions

1)      What is the tuition and how much does the program cost?

Tuition costs are $630 per credit for the 2016-2017 school year. There is a $150 registration fee each fall and spring semester of registration.  

2)     Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available for the CASE program.  Financial aid for graduate students is largely in the form of low interest student loans.  To receive student loans, a graduate student would need to take at least 6 credits per semester and complete the FAFSA form.  Many working teachers also receive tuition reimbursement from their districts.  Please contact your HR office for the policies and procedures for tuition reimbursement in your district.

For more information, please read Financial Aid for Graduate Students

3)     What prerequisites are required before starting the program?

Students must have a master's degree in education or a related field.

4)     How can this program help me work towards a Ph.D.?

Students can begin taking Ph.D. level classes in CASE before being accepted to the Ph.D. program.  To be accepted as a Ph.D. student, the student needs to complete the Ph.D. application and submit scores from either the GRE or MAT exams.  Ph.D. level courses taken while enrolled in CASE will apply to the Ph.D. program. 

5)     Can I transfer in previous education coursework?

All ten courses for the program should be taken at Notre Dame.

6)     How long does the program take?

The program length will vary based on a student’s personalized program plan and any additional certifications sought.  Since many of our students work full time, personalized program plans allow students to fit coursework into their busy schedules.  Students are required to take at least two classes per semester if they plan to access student loans.

7)     When can I start the program?

We offer rolling admission to the CASE program.  Candidates may begin the program during any enrollment term: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  We have the following recommended application deadlines:  July 5 for fall semester, November 5 for winter semester, December 5 for spring semester, April 5 for summer semester.  By meeting the recommended deadlines, students are ensured of the best selection of classes.  Applicants are accepted past the recommended deadline as long as space remains open in classes.

8)     What days and times are classes offered?

Classes during the fall and spring semesters are offered on Monday through Thursday evenings, with most courses beginning at 6pm and meeting one evening per week.  During the winterim semester, classes are offered for a full day on the four Saturdays in January, and students may take one course.  Courses during the summer semester will have different schedules based on the course, with some offered in an accelerated format.

9)      Where are classes offered?

We offer the program at our main campus in Baltimore and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.  Selected courses may be available in other locations.  For additional information about the Southern Maryland location, please contact Dr. Karen Wooten at 301-737-2500 ext 305 or kwooten@ndm.edu.

10)    Do you have information sessions for this program?

Information sessions are held periodically at our main campus in Baltimore. Info sessions are a great opportunity to meet with admissions staff and advisors and get specific information about the program and application process.  Everyone who attends the information session will receive a waiver for the $45 application fee.  Register at www.ndm.edu/essentialcredential.

11)   I have more questions! Who should I call?

Jeanette Quinn
Assistant Dean for Advising