The School of Education offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership in Middle Level Education that is associated with its Master of Arts in Education programs. The goals and objectives of the certificate are to provide practicing educators (teachers, administrators, counselors, etc.) with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for effective school-based leadership at the middle school level. Completion of the program will signify an expertise in the education of young adolescents—typically those in grades six through eight. The certificate is intended to serve currently credentialed teachers who either teach in middle schools or aspire to do so. It is designed to be appropriate both for CSUSM Middle Level Teacher Education Program graduates and those who have had no formal preparation in middle school instruction. Experienced educators will bring with them diverse classroom experience, which the program will build upon. Students who earn a B or better in all four Middle Level Education courses will be eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership in Middle Level Education. The only prerequisite to enrolling in the courses associated with the certificate is the possession of a teaching credential.