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Course Descriptions

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:

EDAD 610: Leading School Communities in a Pluralistic Society (3 units)

 Schools, like society today, are pluralistic, and every student has the right to a high quality, rigorous education. Students will study ethnic, class, race, language, and other cultural variations to develop administrative leadership responsive to and supportive of all students representing national, state and regional diversity. Students will study formal and informal approaches to school-community relations, shared decision-making bodies and the role of business and industry advisory groups.
EDAD 612: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Organization and Management (2 units)
Candidates learn how to ensure the management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.  This course addresses effective leadership, management concepts, and researched strategies that contribute to student achievement.  The professional collaboration of all participants builds community, adds to knowledge, and creates resources for future opportunities.

EDAD 624A: Field Experience Beginning (1 unit)

This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school that focuses on the organization and management of the school though a lens of cultural proficiency.

EDAD 614: Leading Instruction (3 units)

This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn to facilitate the development, articulation, and implementation of a shared vision for teaching and learning supported by the school community. Coursework focuses on pedagogical approaches, implementation of state adopted academic content standards, frameworks, and instructional materials. Specific standards as required by the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CSPEL) will anchor the course content. Inherent in these standards is a strong commitment to cultural diversity and the use of technology as a powerful tool.

EDAD 616A: Educational Law and Personnel Administration (2 units)

This course is designed to provide students an overview of federal/state laws and local policies that impact school leaders, students, teachers, and parents.  The topics presented in the course, include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to school law and district governance
  • Retention, progressive discipline, and dismissal of employees
  • FRISK documentation techniques
  • Student discipline and safety
  • Special education law
  • Harassment, discrimination, freedom of speech law and cases
  • Religion in the schools
  • Liability and litigation

EDAD 624B: Field Experience Beginning (1 unit)

This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on leading instruction and an aspect of school law.  This can be two separate field experiences or a theme that might combine both of the semester’s topics.  This might also include a shadow activity, an interview, or attendance at an event.

EDAD 618: Leading for Assessment and Accountability (4 units)

This course provides an opportunity for the Educational Administration candidate to learn how to identify, generate, make sense of, and use assessment to make decisions about teaching and learning. The effective use of student assessments and data collection from the classroom, specialized services, and system-wide sources is addressed in establishing and using systems to improve student outcomes and communicate researched data and practices to many audiences.

EDAD 626A: Field Experience Advanced (2 units)

This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on assessment data collection, analysis, and recommended best practices for improvement. The focus of the study will be a gap analysis with a lens on cultural proficiency.

EDAD 616B: Resource Allocation (2 units)

Candidates learn basic elements of school finance and responsibilities of administrators for allocating financial and other resources in an equitable manner. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss budgeting principles that are based on the distribution of resources in support of all students’ learning.

EDAD 620: Foundations of Leadership and Educational Issues (3 units)

This course focuses on contemporary issues in public education and their implications for educational leaders. The practical application of sound theories of leadership to everyday administrative problems and situations will be studied.

EDAD 626B: Field Experience Advanced (1 unit)

This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on a contemporary issue and school resources. This may be a shadow activity.


Courses in addition to the credential courses to earn a Master’s Degree (6 units)

EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education (3 units)

 This core course is designed to introduce educational practitioners to the fields of educational research and evaluation. We will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conducting research in the context of educational settings. We will further examine measurement, assessment, common statistical techniques and methods for critiquing research and program evaluation studies.

EDUC 698: Masters Culminating Experience Seminar (3 units)

Enrollment Requirement: Successful completion of the master’s option coursework and advancement to candidacy.

Students engage in the planning, preparation, and completion of their culminating experience, which may take the form of a research thesis or curricular project for those already working as administrators. Note: Students must continually enroll in this course until successful completion of the culminating experience. Graded Credit/No Credit.