Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – 34 Units

Master’s Core Courses – 17 units

  • EDPL 623 Understanding and Influencing Organizations in Diverse Communities Units: 3
  • EDPL 631 Professional Development/Fieldwork I Units: 1-4
    (complete 1 unit)
  • EDPL 632 Professional Development/Fieldwork II Units: 1-4
    (complete 1 unit)
  • EDPL 634 Management of Resources and Learning Environments Units: 3
  • EDPL 636 Leadership, Presence, Attitude, Identity, & Relationships Units: 3
  • EDUC 605 Education in a Diverse Society Units: 3
  • EDUC 615 Principles of Educational Research Units: 3

M.A. in Educational Leadership Emphases – 12 units

Students will choose a 12-unit emphasis in either P-12 Leadership or Higher Education Leadership. 

Culminating Experience and Preparation Courses—5 units

Select Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Option:

Thesis Option

  • EDUC 616 Master’s Thesis Units: 1-4
    (Continuing registration required – complete 1 unit of EDUC 616 along with EDUC 620, then complete 1 unit of EDUC 616)
  • EDUC 620 Educational Research and Thesis Development Units: 3

Comprehensive Exam Option

  • EDUC 618 Comprehensive Exam Units: 1-4
    (complete 2 units)
  • Three unit 600-level elective course

P-12 Leadership Emphasis

Emphasis in P-12 Leadership – 12 units

The P-12 Leadership Emphasis prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Completion of this Level I administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in the California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Professional Standards for School Leaders. The program offers students understanding and application of leadership skills related to relationship building, communication, and the ability to apply, model, and analyze curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, standards-based accountability systems, and data-based school improvement. The program also develops each student’s understanding of basic school administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy.

Required Courses - 12 units

  • EDPL 610 Foundations of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Units: 3
  • EDPL 620 Assessment and Accountability Leadership Units: 3
  • EDPL 633 Understanding and Influencing Political, Social, Economic, Legal, and Cultural Contexts Affecting Education Units: 3
  • EDPL 635 Change and Coherence Leadership Units: 3

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Prior to recommendation for certification, University faculty determine eligibility, based on fully documented evidence, that each student has demonstrated satisfactory performance on the full range of standards set forth by the CCTC. A master’s degree is required for CI to recommend a candidate Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates already possessing a master’s degree who successfully complete the required 26 units will be recommended for the Level I preliminary credential without completing a culminating experience, EDUC 615, and EDUC 620 or a free elective.

Please refer to the current University Catalog for more information.

Higher Education Leadership Emphasis

Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership-12 units

Those candidates pursuing the higher education emphasis will develop an understanding of the history and structure of American higher education and the development of college students. Additionally, they will gain exposure to the breadth and depth of higher education leadership by engaging in two field experiences.

Required Courses – 6 units

  • EDPL 626 - Introduction To American Higher Education Units: 3
  • EDPL 629 - Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education Units: 3

Elective Courses – 6 units

Choose two from the following:

  • EDPL 627 - The American College Student Units: 3
  • EDPL 628 - Organization and Administration of Student Affairs Units: 3
  • EDPL 633 Understanding and Influencing Political, Social, Economic, Legal, and Cultural Contexts Affecting Education Units: 3
  • EDPL 635 Change and Coherence Leadership Units: 3

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term as part of the Professional Development and Field Experience Courses (EDPL 631- EDPL 632)

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency for the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605 - Education in a Diverse Society and EDUC 615 – Principles of Educational Research with grades of B or higher.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy represents the formulation of an official program of study for a master’s degree in the School of Education. It establishes your catalog rights and forms the basis of your degree audit when you are ready to graduate. At least one semester prior to graduation, you must advance to candidacy, which is when you receive approval of your program of study from your Graduate Advisor. You must be enrolled when you advance to candidacy. Advancement to Candidacy is a prerequisite for enrolling in the culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive examination). Students are eligible to advance to candidacy and must meet the following requirements before submitting the Advancement to Candidacy Worksheet:

  1. Successful completion of one of the courses identified to fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.
  2. Resolve incomplete grades, if applicable.
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and program grade point average.
  4. Complete 6 units of program requirements, program prerequisites (if applicable), and any other program requirements for advancement to candidacy.

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