MA, Educational Leadership and Administration, with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration, with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

This program is designed to develop the high-performing administrative leadership skills for the renewal and improvement of schools. It prepares students to successfully assume the multiple roles needed to manage organizations within the education system. The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration curriculum focuses on leadership models, supervision of personnel, implementation of policy, and the legal and social issues that affect the school system.

The program includes the California requirements for an Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. While enrolled, students who are offered an opportunity for employment as a District or School Administrator may qualify for an internship credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Vision:  Organize the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Instructional Leadership:  Create, nurture and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and professional growth.
  • Management:  Design the management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Collaboration:  Collaborate with stakeholders, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources to promote the success of all students. 
  • Ethics:  Construct and model a professional code of ethics and develop professional leadership capacity.
  • Advocacy:  Advocate for the success of all students by influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of schools.
  • Research:  Utilize educational research paradigms to examine best practices in education. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation along with the waiver forms from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
  2. Possess a Valid California Clear prerequisite credential
  3. 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 or a valid California Credential that required passage of basic skills to receive the credential.
  4. Current Resume.
  5. Letter of Intent.
  6. 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

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods (should be taken in first or second session of enrollment) 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 607 Seminar in Comparative Education 3


Content Courses (21 credits)

EDAU 670 Collaborative Leadership 3
EDAU 672 21st Century Human Resource Management 3
EDAU 674 Instructional Leadership, Supervision and Accountability 3
EDAU 675 Politically Intelligent Leadership and Governance 3
EDAU 677 Educational Law and Ethics 3
EDAU 678 Culturally Responsive Leadership 3
EDAU 679 School Finance and Resource Allocation 3


Capstone Course (3-6 credits)

EDAU 691 Directed Fieldwork in Administrative Services 3-6


An extra 3 credits will be required for those candidates who obtain an administrative internship

Total Credits (not including prerequisite) 33-36
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