Media and Education CAS

This certificate program is designed for educators who want to learn more about visual storytelling—including video, film, television, radio, music and the nearly infinite incarnations of these forms of online media—in order to make visual stories for teaching impact and to help students tell their own stories.

The program also features a signature critical thinking unit on how to understand, analyze, present and reinvent media with educational purpose and impact.

Students in the program will expand their visual storytelling skills in order to find their expressive voice and style and better help their students with issues and ideas they care about. Because assumptions about education, identity and difference are always visible in the media-making process, the program will also work with students on the assumptions they bring to the stories they tell.

The Media and Education Certificate Program Experience

The media and education certificate program is a four-part program built around the standard primary and secondary school year in order to be most convenient for practicing educators, with most coursework taking place in individual educational settings. 

Part 1: Syracuse Summer Institute (first 2 weeks following July 4 holiday)
The focus of the Summer Institute is to strengthen and integrate the foundations of storytelling and critical thinking as they relate to the convergence of media and education. In this two-week residency session, students engage in intensive, face-to-face courses, lab work and screenings. Students will also work on their final projects, which they will deliver digitally after they return home. 

Parts 2 and 3: Practicum, Project Development & Project Production (Sept.-May, online)
Following the Summer Institute, students return to their own educational settings to begin the applied practice phase of the certificate program, allowing them to connect their studies to the everyday practices of your educational environment.

Part 4: Syracuse Summer Institute 2 (first week following July 4 holiday)
Students return to Syracuse for a one-week conference culminating in the presentation of their final projects for public review. Students will receive constructive feedback from their educational peers, professors and visiting educators; understand what constitutes effective educational media; improve and polish existing skills and knowledge of the media production process through rigorous review and revision; and generate educational media with measureable impact.
Certificates will be awarded in a closing ceremony.
For more information about required courses and other curricular details, see the Syracuse University Course Catalog.


Busy teachers deserve simple pathways to professional development. Our application process is simple.

Submit a résumé that details your experiences to date. Note that there is no requirement for media experience; our only requirement is a teacher with curiosity about media.

Submit a transcript of your education to date. A bachelor’s degree or above is required.

Personal Statement
Submit a short personal statement (1-2 pages) outlining your overall goals as an educator and how you feel this program would support those goals.

Application deadline is March 15.

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Applications must be submitted online. If your application includes supplemental support material, please use the following addresses:

Via US Postal Service:
Enrollment Management Processing Center
Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 35060
Syracuse New York 13235-5060

Via package delivery company (UPS, FedEx, DHL):
Enrollment Management Processing Center
Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Processing
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse New York 13202