MA, Educational Leadership, Professional Learning Community

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Professional Learning Community

This program provides a unique model of learning by taking a unique approach to identifying electives results are customized to meet the needs of specific groups of learners. This type of modality was designed through collaboration between Brandman University, District and County Offices of Education, with the intention to  maximize every student's educational development by providing quality content where needed and reduce redundancy.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Professional Learning Community is designed for a team of educational leaders who are motivated to create a learning community that shares a common vision, is committed to enhancing its professional practice and collaborates in thinking and learning about professional practice. This group will identify a set of values that will make the learning experience mutually successful, and embrace collegiality as a tool to enhance professional effectiveness to increase student learning and improve the services their educational systems provide.

It is for students actively enrolled in, or recent graduates of, a California Teacher Credential (CTC) approved School District or County Office of Education, Administrative Services Credential program. Candidates may be admitted to the program while completing a CTC approved partner program, however they may not apply for degree completion until the entire MA Educational Leadership is completed, including those courses taken through a District or County Office of Education.

You must satisfactorily fulfill one of the following admission options. Specific program admission requirements must also be met.

Option One
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.

Option Two
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).

Option Three
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four
Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.

In addition to the graduate admission requirements above students must:

  1. Posses a valid California clear prerequisite credential.
  2. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs.
  3. Candidates must submit a resume and a letter of intent.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic/professional ability to undertake graduate studies.
  5. If the candidate is not currently employed in a position requiring a “basic” CTC credential, he/she must submit a letter identifying the school and principal under whom field work assignments will be completed.
  6. Prospective students intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents to do so.

Credential and Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of five years of verified full time employment under a prerequisite CTC credential at the time of filing for the PAS credential.
  2. Fieldwork portfolio.
  3. Exit Interview.
  4. Demonstration of Mastery portfolio.
  5. Internship candidates must meet all of the preceding admission requirements. In addition, Internship candidates must provide verification that they have served three full academic years in an approved setting (form CL-41) and written evidence that they have been offered an administrative position (Brandman University Verification of Employment for Internship Credential Form). The internship recommendation online credential form must be completed by the candidate filed.

Transfer Credit from Approved Program (Maximum of 12 credits)

Participation in, or recent completion of, a CTC approved School District or County Office of Education (COE or CEO) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.


Core courses (9 credits)

EDUU 500 Special Topics in Education 3
EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDAU 670 Collaborative Leadership 3


Electives (Minimum 9 credits)

Electives are designed by the candidates after completing EDUU 500 that would enhance their professional effectiveness to increase student learning and to meet school and/or district needs. Electives must be from the 500 or 600 level EDAU, EDCI, or EDUU courses, excluding EDAU 691. At least 6 elective course credits must be in Educational Administration. Courses completed as part of a general or special education credential program shall not be accepted to fulfill the 9 credit electives requirement


Total Credits 30
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