Program Requirements

  • Application to the University in the Graduate/ Post-baccalaureate Program.
  • A clear teaching credential.
  • Authorization to teach English Learners such as SB 2042 or the CTEL/CLAD.
  • Three years of successful, full-time experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status for admission to the program and five years of experience to apply for the preliminary services credential. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, or clinical or rehabilitative services. Substitute or part-time service does not apply.
  • Official transcripts mailed directly to the Office of Admissions from EACH college or university attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s work in the field of education.
  • A writing prompt. This will be judged according to the University's Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).  Click here for the rubric.  Choose one of the following  prompts:
Describe the leadership skills have you developed prior to the Educational Administration program and what you hope to learn over the next two years as a practicing leader.
When you reflect on your current role in the workplace, describe how you are supporting educational equity and how you hope to expand that goal as a future leader.

Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited for an interview with a panel of faculty in June. This interview is an opportunity to make final decisions on admissions.

Credential, Degree Requirements, and Courses

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential consists of 24 units of instruction.  Those who already have a Master's Degree need to earn just the credential and not a second Master's degree.  Upon completion of the program and securing employment as an administrator, candidates will enroll in a Clear Administrative Services Credential program.

The M.A. in Education with the Option in Educational Administration requires the completion of 30 units of study as follows:

Semester I, Fall (6 Units)
EDAD 610 Leading School Communities in a Diverse Society 3 Units
EDAD 612 Development of Professional Leadership Perspectives 2 Units
EDAD 624A Field Experience Beginning 1 Unit


Semester II, Spring (6 units)
EDAD 614 Leading Instruction   3 Units
EDAD 616A The Role of Schooling in a Democratic Society 2 Units
EDAD 624B  Field Experience Beginning   1 Unit


Semester III, Fall (6 units)
EDAD 618A Leading Assessment and Accountability 2 Units
EDAD 618B Leading School Improvement 2 Units
EDAD 626A Field Experience Advanced 2 Units


Semester IV, Spring (6 units)
EDAD 616B  School Finance and Resource Allocation 2 Units
EDAD 620  Visionary Leadership 3 Units
EDAD 626B Field Experience Advanced 1 Unit


Advancement to Candidacy

Upon completing the four semester credential program, the candidate must complete the paperwork for advancement to candidacy to move into the final stages of the Master’s curriculum.

Semester IV or V
EDUC 622 Research Methods in Education 3 Units
Semester V or VI
EDUC 698 Master's Thesis/Project Seminar

3 Units

The culminating experience will be a thesis, including an oral defense.