Master of Science in Applied School Leadership (In Partnership with participating California County Offices of Education)

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. This program is offered in collaboration with County Offices of Education--“Leaders in Educational Administration Program” (L.E.A.P), which is comprised of six courses leading to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Students accepted into the program receive full National University graduate credit for the six County Education Office Tier I courses. In addition, students are required to enroll in two additional National University Tier I core courses, not including EDA 600 (Applications in Leadership). The EDA 600 National University requirement is met through the completion of 75 hours of on-site administrative fieldwork embedded in the six County Office of Education courses. Students must also take an additional four required National University Master of Science in Educational Administration courses for the completion of the Masters of Science in Applied Leadership Degree.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a personal vision of education that includes reflection with colleagues and school stakeholders.
  • Implement a shared vision that places student and adult learning at the center of instructional leadership.
  • Establish high expectations and standards for the academic and social development of all students and adult stakeholders.
  • Devise effective communication systems that support the implementation of the vision of the school community and the infusion of the vision in the instructional program.
  • Create consensus among the diverse constituencies in the school and community.
  • Critically analyze a topic related to educational leadership through the lens of a researcher.


(10 courses; 45 quarter units)To receive a Master of Science in Applied School Leadership in partnership with County Offices of Education, 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.
Core Requirements (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Plus choose two additional core courses from the following list:
Core Requisite(s):
Fieldwork is required and the requirement is met through the completion of 75 hours of supervised on-site administrative fieldwork embedded in the six SCCOE courses)