Preliminary Administrative Services Credential & M.A. in Educational Administration

The Spring 2024 application cycle is currently closed, the Cal State Apply University application deadline has passed. The next application will be for 2025 admission. 

How to Apply
Statement of Purpose prompt, etc., and MyCED Program Application Deadline

Request to be added to the prospective student list for this program

Why get a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential & M.A. in Educational Administration from CSULB?

  • Become an equity-driven leader at a pace comfortable for working professionals
  • Strong reputation among local school districts--our alumni are hired for admin positions
  • Supportive faculty and imbedded support for the CalAPA
  • In-person classes with online/hybrid courses strategically used to reduce seat time

Welcome from the Program Coordinator, Dr. Stephen Glass



Educational administrators in TK-12 serve in many capacities. No matter what position an administrator holds within an educational organization, all efforts should be directed at supporting equitable academic opportunity and achievement for all students. The courses EDAD program are designed to prepare leaders for this important work. Emphasis is placed on:

  1. Examining the role of a school leader, with heavy emphasis on instructional leadership
  2. Using data to solve problems of practice
  3. Leading school improvement to create more equitable schools
  4. Managing and guiding change
  5. Working collaboratively with diverse families and communities

The following EDAD program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are derived from the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs). By the end of the program, EDAD students will:

  1. Recognize and solve problems of practice using equity-driven leadership thinking
  2. Facilitate the development and implementation of a shared vision of learning and growth of all students (CAPE 1)
  3. Shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning informed by professional standards and focused on student and professional growth (CAPE 2)
  4. Use multiple sources of quantitative and qualitative data to make decisions that improve learning outcomes for all students
  5. Manage the organization, include resources and personnel, to cultivate a safe, productive, and equitable learning environment for all students (CAPE 3)
  6. Collaborate with families and other stakeholders to address diverse student and community interests and mobilize community resources (CAPE 4)
  7. Make decisions, model, and behave in ways that demonstrate professionalism, ethics, integrity, justice, and equity and hold staff to the same standard (CAPE 5)
  8. Influence political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts affecting education to improve education policies and practices (CAPE 6)

Graduates of the EDAD program are prepared to serve as leaders within TK-12 educational organizations.  Primarily, graduates meet credential requirements to serve as school administrators, (assistant principal, principal, district-level administrator positions such director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent) or teacher leaders such as teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) and academic coaches. In addition to meeting these credential requirements, graduates are equipped to be transformational leaders who make an impact in their organizations. We currently have program alumni serving in many administrative capacities in the southern California region.


The program's primary mission is to educate candidates who will assume leadership positions in diverse, urban, TK-12 schools and districts. If you are interested in working in a community college or university setting, please see Student Development in Higher Education.

For additional information related to professional licensure and certification related to this program, please see the CSULB Credential Center website.