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MA Educational Administration

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Overview

CSUSM’s fully online Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is designed to connect theory and practice to train and prepare K-12 school administrators. Lead an institution with strong values, improve curriculum and instruction, effectively manage budgets and personnel, prepare for the CAL Administrator Performance Assessment and much more.

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New cohorts begin every fall semester.

Application and document deadlines:

  • Fall 2020: July 8, 2020
  • Spring 2021: Dec. 2, 2020

View application instructions.

Fall 2020 ApplicationSpring 2021 Application

Please note: We are temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts for applications to our programs.

  • Designed for working professionals

    Earn your degree and Preliminary Administration Credential in just 12 months with convenient online classes

  • Prepare for your next career move

    This program will prepare you for principal, assistant principal, district administrator, instructional coordinator, educational director or supervisor and more

  • Cal APA testing prep

    Program includes coursework and preparation for Cal APA testing, now required for new administrators in California

  • Meaningful education

    Classes for this K-12 focused program are kept to a small group of students to ensure the highest level of interaction with faculty and include field experiences in school settings

Program Details

  • ADMISSION

    How to Apply

    Master's Degree Admission Requirements

    • Conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
    • Minimum GPA of a 2.5 in the last degree completed or in the 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
    • Application to the University in the Graduate/Post-baccalaureate Program.
    • A clear teaching credential. 
    • Four years of successful, full-time experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status.  This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, or clinical or rehabilitative services.  Substitute or part-time services does not apply.  Verification of experience must be on district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. 
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. 
    • Two recent letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate's work in the field of education, preferably from supervisors. 
    • Employment and/or access to a school where there is cooperation to conduct the master's program field study courses, and the California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA) data collection, instructional coaching, and stakeholder interviews (as required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing) with students, faculty, and staff, and community members. 
      • Applicants may be asked to submit additional documentation to satisfy this requirement. 
    • A writing prompt.  Please respond to one (1) of the following prompts: 
      • Describe the leadership skills you have developed prior to the Educational Administration program and what you hope to learn over the next year 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. 
    • No GRE required to apply

    Please note: To be considered for admission you must reside in an approved state.

    Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Certificate of Eligibility Information

    Admission to CSUSM’s program does not guarantee that you will obtain the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility. If you are interested in obtaining the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility you must meet specific requirements as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It is your responsibility to understand the specific requirements related to the credential or certificate. Information regarding the requirements may be found on the CTC website.

    Upon completion of all of the appropriate coursework associated with the program, CSUSM will be responsible for providing a formal recommendation to the CTC for those pursuing the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility. You will only be recommended for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility if you have satisfied the requirements as outlined by the CTC.

    Please understand, the CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to those who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet the credentialing requirements.   

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  • COSTS

    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester - Block 1

    6 $2,994
    Fall Semester - Block 2 6 $2,994
    Spring Semester - Block 1 5 $2,495
    Spring Semester - Block 2 4 $1,996
    Summer Semester - Block 1 4 $1,996
    Summer Semester - Block 2 5 $2,495
    Total 30 $14,970

    *Unit rate for this program is $499

    **University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    *Please visit the CTC website for more information regarding CalAPA fees. 

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • This program is eligible for financial aid
    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Federal VA educational benefits can be used for this program (not eligible for Cal Vet fee waiver)
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705
  • COURSE SEQUENCE

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Educational Administration Catalog Page

    Sample Schedule for Fall Start

    Masters and Credential Option
    Semester Course (units)

    Fall Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 610 (3)

    EDAD 612 (2)

    EDAD 624A (1)

    Fall Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 614 (3)

    EDAD 616A (2)

    EDAD 624B (1)

    Spring Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 618A (2)

    EDAD 626A (2)

    EDUC 622A (1)

    Spring Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 618B (2)

    EDUC 622B (1)

    EDUC 698A (1)

    Summer Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 616B (2)

    EDUC 622C (1)

    EDUC 698B (1)

    Summer Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 620 (3)

    EDAD 626B (1)

    EDUC 698C (1)

     Credential Only Option
    Semester Course (units)

    Fall Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 610 (3)

    EDAD 612 (2)

    EDAD 624A (1)

    Fall Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 614 (3)

    EDAD 616A (2)

    EDAD 624B (1)

    Spring Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 618A (2)

    EDAD 626A (2)

    Spring Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 618B (2)

    Summer Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 616B (2)

    Summer Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 620 (3)

    EDAD 626B (1)

    Sample Schedule for Spring Start

    MASTERS AND CREDENTIAL OPTION
    Semester Course (units)
    Spring Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 610 (3)

    EDAD 612 (2)

    EDAD 624A (1)

    Spring Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 614 (3)

    EDAD 616A (2)

    EDAD 624B (1)

    Summer Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 618A (2)

    EDAD 616B (2)

    EDUC 622A (1)

    Summer Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 618B (2)

    EDAD 622B (1)

    EDAD 698A (1)

    Fall Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 626A (2)

    EDUC 622C (1)

    EDUC 698B (1)

    Fall Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 620 (3)

    EDAD 626B (1)

    EDAD 698C (1)

     CREDENTIAL ONLY OPTION

    Semester Course (units)
    Spring Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 610 (3)

    EDAD 612 (2)

    EDAD 624A (1)

    Spring Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 614 (3)

    EDAD 616A (2)

    EDAD 624B (1)

    Summer Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 618A (2)

    EDAD 616B (2)

    Summer Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 618B (2)

     

    Fall Semester - Block 1

    EDAD 626A (2)

     

    Fall Semester - Block 2

    EDAD 620 (3)

    EDAD 626B (1)

    Schedules are subject to change.

  • FAQ

    What key knowledge areas will be covered in the program?

    • Leading an institution with values and focus on social justice
    • Preparation for the Cal Administrator Performance Assessment with current Cal APA assessors
    • Improving curriculum and instruction
    • Creating an environment to nurture literacy and digital learning
    • Managing budget, legal issues and personnel
    • Understanding and responding to data
    • Engaging in sound theoretical and practical leadership philosophies
    • Developing a culture of continual school improvement

    What type of instructors are teaching the program?

    The faculty here at CSUSM are dedicated to make this 12-month online program a valuable experience. With an entire faculty made up of experienced school administrators, you can rely on a high level of interaction with your professors and an education that can truly be learned today and applied tomorrow.

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

     


 

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