Jan 26, 2022
This program is for any educators who are interested in furthering their understanding of educational leadership to acquire the skills and dispositions needed to lead schools effectively.
Based on academic and professional background and career goals, the M.A. may be taken as a stand-alone program, be combined with the Charter School Leadership Certificate program, or (for applicants who hold a valid California base credential and have a minimum of three years full-time experience with that credential) be combined with the Preliminary CA Administrative Services (Tier I) Credential program. The requirements outlined below are for the standalone program only.
Through the study of relevant leadership theory and participation in residency/fieldwork experiences designed to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts in a practical setting, candidates will:
- Acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to serve as an Educational Leader in California
- Demonstrate the ability to be moral and ethical leaders for social justice who respect differences, value reflective practice, understand change facilitation, build learning communities, and work effectively in diverse settings
- Identify, develop, and articulate a clear and purposeful vision for leadership that enables an environment that inspires a shared vision and enlists the active participation of all stakeholders
- Develop an understanding and a theory of action regarding the political, financial, legal, and operational aspects of school leadership through investigation of leadership theory
- Develop a vision for instructional leadership and a theory of action that includes a strong emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, special education, the successful development of English Learners, and the parent-school relationship
Program Admission Requirements
- Graduate Application
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- One letter must be from employer
- 1 sealed, official transcript from each college/university attended
- Bachelor's degree
- Statement of Intent addressing:
- Applicant's understanding of diversity, social justice, and student achievement. Discuss its implications for leadership and how it intersects with your personal leadership in your current school setting, as well as future administrative leadership roles.
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in your last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
- For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
- Transcript evaluations
- TOEFL or IELTS minimum score
- EDLA 6105 Assessment and Research Methodology 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6421 Vision of Learning for Diverse Students, Families, Staff, and Community and Residency/Fieldwork Component 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6422 Responding to Diversity: Access, Equity, and Educational Opportunity 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6423 Student Learning and Professional Growth for Diverse Students, Families, Staff, and Community and Residency/Fieldwork Component 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6425 Transforming Organizations for Diverse Students, Families, Staff, and Community and Residency/Fieldwork Component 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6426 Instructional Technology for School Leaders 2 semester hours
- EDLA 6427 Advocacy from a Legal Perspective 3 semester hours
- EDLA 6428 Business of Education 3 semester hours
In addition to the courses listed above, candidate must take two out of the three electives listed below:
- Capstone Oral Examination