If you are interested in beginning coursework for the program for Fall 2018, please see the program application information to the right. The Application Deadline for the University Application and Program Application is June 1, 2018 (April 1, 2018 for international applicants).
Educational leaders serve in many capacities. No matter what position an individual holds within an educational organization, all energies should be directed at maximizing the academic achievement of all students being served. The courses in the Educational Administration Option are designed to prepare leaders for this important work. Emphasis is placed on the role of schooling in a democratic society, instructional leadership, building collaboratives, managing and guiding change, and working with diverse populations. Because of our location, issues associated with urban schools are a primary focus of the program.
Students will be able to promote the success of all students by:
- Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community
- Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth
- Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
- Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
- Modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity
- Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context
Careers in educational administration include school site-, district-, and county-level leadership.
There are three programs related to Educational Administration:
Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Administration and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I (33-36 Units).
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I (24 Units) for students who already have a graduate degree. This credential is required for employment in California public schools.
Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Administration degree only (30-33 units).
Graduates of the program are prepared to serve as leaders within Pre-Kindergarten to 12th-grade educational organizations. Primarily, graduates meet credential requirements to serve as school administrators, specifically assistant principal, principal, district level administrator positions including director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Beyond meeting these credential requirements, graduates are better equipped to be transformational teacher leaders as Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and academic coaches.