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

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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 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 Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the process for creating, stewarding, and communicating a shared vision that includes school-wide goals for improving teaching and learning.
  • Examine the role of the instructional leader in the context of the stewardship of effective instructional practices.
  • Examine the role of the instructional leader in the context of curriculum development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Analyze the collaborative, ongoing processes of data-based school growth plans.
  • Critiques systems for the provision of professional growth opportunities for school teachers, staff, and administrators.
  • Examine the complex Interaction of all of a school’s systems to promote teaching and learning.
  • Analyze ways in which a school can engage their communities to promote the shared vision.
  • Examine a topic related to educational leadership through the lens of a researcher.


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. To be successful in this program, it is highly recommended to take program coursework in order.
(10 courses; 45 quarter units)
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