Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Do I need to take the GRE and the CBEST?

Our Administrative Services program does not require you to take the GRE.  Passing CBEST scores are, however, required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a requisite for obtaining the Preliminary Tier I Administrative Services Credential.

What is the application receipt process?

Within approximately 10 business days of receipt, the School of Education will send you an email confirmation that your application has been received.  All program requirement documents should be sent directly to the Education Services Center in the School of Education. 

Subsequently, you will also receive an emailed Program Evaluation sheet indicating what materials have been received and what is still missing. 

Approximately two weeks after the June 1st deadline, you will receive email notification of a Program Interview Set-up date/time.

If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts? 

Yes; prior transcripts are not kept on file for an indefinite amount of time.

How do I request Financial Aid? 

You may access:  http://www.csusm.edu/finaid/

Why is it that I cannot apply via CSU Mentor? 

If you are having difficulty with CSU Mentor, you may contact the Office of the Registrar: http://www.csusm.edu/enroll/

Program Questions

How are the classes organized?

The Educational Administration program is designed for the working teacher/school leader.  As research shows that collaboration, networking, and rich dialogue enhance learning, the course of study is organized in a cohort model of approximately 20 students.  Although there are 2-3 classes a semester, the subjects are taught in a block with the first class usually 6 weeks and the second for 9 weeks.  The field experience is an independent class and does not meet regularly.

What are the times/days of the classes?

The classes are scheduled for one evening a week, with the 2013-2015 cohort meeting on Tuesday nights.  The 2014-2016 cohort will meet on Monday nights. With the block schedule, classes start at 4:30pm and end at either 8:30 or 9pm, depending on the number of units.  There is always a half an hour dinner break, which is a great time to get to know others informally.  When the content or the calendar permits, the classes might meet through the Moodle platform online.

What technology do I need to support my class work?

A laptop, ipad, or handheld device that can access the internet is an important tool to bring to class.  The courses will introduce the students to new applications and software to become adept at leading 21st century teaching and learning. 

What is the cost of books for the class?

Most semesters the cost of books is at or under $100.  As more books are available for online rental or in digital applications, the cost is dropping.  The faculty selects textbooks that are references in most school leaders’ libraries.

What is the cost of parking?

In general, our classes meet off campus in the San Marcos Elementary Cal State classroom.  If on campus, most students pay for parking by the hour or get a day pass for $9.  Current prices can be found at http://www.csusm.edu/parking/quicklinks/studentparkingprices.html.  Carpooling and shared parking are recommended.

Are any of the classes conducted off campus?

Several of our classes are held at schools around North County. This gives candidates a chance to see the variety of demographics, facilities, leadership, and student outcomes at the elementary, middle, secondary, charter, and other schools in our area.  The school visits will be announced as they are scheduled.  Candidates are required to submit Release of Liability forms when classes are held off campus.

How will I be prepared to apply for an Admin job when I am done with the program?

During the four semesters of course work, you will experience perspectives from a variety of leaders, guest speakers, school visits, and field experiences.  You will also read important works that guide today’s schooling and have time to reflect on yourself as a leader.  Finally, you will conduct research in an area that speaks to your passion in education.  The final semester class gives an opportunity to refine your resume, participate in mock interviews, and define your leadership platform. 

Who can I contact that recently completed the program?