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Master of Science in Educational Administration with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option (California Only)

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This program is designed for students who are committed to improving education and who are interested in advancing their careers by becoming school site or district administrators. It can be completed with or without a preliminary credential option for those pursuing a career in the nonpublic education sector. For students who want to pursue the credential option, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

NOTE:Those students who already have an administrative position in a public school may want to take the Internship Option by enrolling in EDA 620I instead of EDA 620B. Students pursuing this option must enroll in EDA 620I concurrently with their first course in the program as the Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires interns to spend 12 months in a university-supervised field experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Create a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Develop a school culture conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Analyze the organization, operations, and resources necessary to foster a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Design a system of collaboration that includes families and community members, and responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources.
  5. Analyze aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  6. Analyze the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that impacts a school or school district.
  7. Critically analyze a topic related to educational leadership through the lens of a researcher.
  8. Evaluate leadership within the lens of ethics and philosophy.


To receive a Master of Science in Educational Administration, students must complete at least 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience.

Core Requirements (10 courses; 45 quarter units)

Core Requisite(s):