Arts, Leadership & Learning

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Arts, Leadership and Learning is a 33 credit program that addresses the needs of practicing educators and administrators who have completed a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing advanced academic work in arts, leadership, and learning.

The program is the natural extension of the work being done at PSU in arts integration, and serves to address current national trends and legislation toward the integration of the arts as an integral part of the core curriculum.

Typical students in this program are classroom teachers, art educators in visual art, music, theater or dance, or administrators who wish to pursue post-master’s coursework in a supportive and engaging program of study.

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The information below is provided to maintain compliance with the US Department of Education Gainful Employment Programs Disclosure regulations.

This data will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. For any questions regarding the information on this site, please contact Dr. Marcel Lebrun, Education, Leadership, Learning and Curriculum Department Chair, at 603-535-2288

Arts, Leadership and Learning Component – 21 credits

Specialization Component – 12 credits

To fulfill this specialization component, you’ll meet with your advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for your program of study.

Total for CAGS in Arts, Leadership, and Learning – 33 credits

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Fall 2018 Registration – Now Open

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

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Students who complete a PSU graduate degree program in Arts, Leadership, and Learning will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate scholarship in the arts through cultivating understandings of the holistic nature of artistic communication, creative process, and aesthetic engagement.
  • Demonstrate relationships with professionals in the field who represent diversity of perspective, culture and context.
  • Apply action-based arts leadership strategies through the design, facilitation, assessment and implementation of arts advocacy projects in educational systems.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the arts and learning in multicultural and multilingual settings.
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to design, advocate and implement successful art projects that have an impact on the community.
  • Demonstrate understanding of qualitative and applied research methods.