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The MA in Education degree with the Option in Educational Administration program qualifies candidates for the Certificate of Eligibility for the Preliminary Educational Administration Services credential. This program has a focus on K-12 education using a lens of cultural proficiency.  Candidates also conduct meaningful field experience work in school settings. Candidates will develop skills and knowledge in all aspects of practice related to:

  • Leading 21st century instruction
  • Creating a responsive environment and community
  • 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


  • 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‚Äôs work in the field of education.
  • A writing prompt. This will be judged according to the University's Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). You will choose one 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 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.