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Master of Science in Innovative School Leadership

Lead Faculty: Dr. Glenn Sewell

This is an interdisciplinary program between the School of Education and the School of Business and Management designed for students who are committed to leading innovation and positive change within educational systems as a school site or district administrator. Candidates will learn techniques for applying sound business and decision making processes in managing complex problems associated with implementing change. Models for developing trust and respect within diverse groups while leading and managing new initiatives will be presented. Students will be able to analyze group dynamics to create supportive environments where students and teachers can be successful. An electronic portfolio will be used to demonstrate student achievement of program learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze complex human phenomena such as resistance and anxiety and the ability to lead others in a process through the change process.
  2. Examine diversity and pluralism in the United States (of students, community, and faculty) in order to develop the cultural competence and be able to work well in diverse, rural and urban environments.
  3. Analyze decision making frameworks in order to surface and develop ethical leadership and improve decision making skills.
  4. Develop team building and understand organizational dynamics including the use of the learning organization processes.
  5. Apply advanced negotiation and conflict resolution strategies to further an organization.
  6. Explore innovative financial models and gain competency in information management fundamentals.
  7. Explore community leadership, outreach and partnerships.
  8. Examine competencies for leadership in globalization including emerging and future trends for business and education.
  9. Analyze innovative school models, including charter schools, to ensure student success and organizational sustainability.


To receive a Master of Science in Innovative School Leadership, 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 and provided the coursework was completed within the past 7 years. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience. Please refer to the graduate information section of the University catalog for admission and evaluation.

The culminating project is the completion of a Portfolio that consists of key artifacts from  activites that were performed in class, in a school setting, or in the community. These artifacts must be relevant to the six California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. The assignments/artifacts will be selected by the candidate. All candidates must present their portfolio to designated faculty members as the capstone for the program.

Core Requirements (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
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