Students may combine the master's degree and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or earn a master's degree only. Credential candidates must possess a teaching or service credential and have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test. Credential candidates who have been recommended for an administrative appointment in a district may be eligible for an administrative internship.

Provides theoretical and practical coursework in school leadership for both public and private K-12 education. Students have the option to integrate the Preliminary Administrative Services credential into the program. Administrative, counseling, and methodology courses are complemented by a rigorous fieldwork requirement.


The Masters in Educational Administration is designed to produce school leaders that understand the pluralistic society with the intersections of racial and cultural diversity, gender differences, sexual orientation, and other educational justice issues that arise in today’s society. This program will prepare reflective leaders that understand educational equity and access through systematic innovation.

Program Overview

Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration with Preliminary Services Credential option

This two-year program provides you theoretical and practical coursework in school leadership for both the public and private K-12 education. You may earn this master's degree with or without the Preliminary Administrative Services credential.

MA Educational Administration Pathway

Coursework & Pathways

Master's Degree with Credential

The Master's Degree and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in a combined program is 36 units:

  • Four Core Graduate Courses (12 units)
  • Nine required courses for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (24 units)
  • EDUC 602 satisfies one course in each of the above sections

Master's Degree without Credential

  • Students not seeking a credential complete the same program coursework except for California State credential requirements.  

  • Four Core graduate courses (12 units)

  • Eight courses related to the program and the student's interests (24 units)



Master of Arts in Education:

Education Administration Pathway



Semester Course Number Course Title                           Credits
Fall EDUC 678A Induction 1
Fall EDUC 602 Pluralism in Education 3
Fall EDUC 603 Inquiry I - Intro to Quantitative Research 3
Spring EDUC 671 Leadership 3
Spring EDUC 670 Program Administration & Evaluation 3
Summer A EDUC 604 Inquiry II - Intro to Qualitative Research 3
Summer A EDUC 673 School Finance 3
Fall EDUC 675 Curriculum & Program Development 3
Fall EDUC 601    The Counseling Process 3
Spring EDUC 676 School Personnel Management 3
Spring EDUC 674 School Politics & Law 3
Summer A EDUC 678B Fieldwork 2
Summer A EDUC 637 Master's Seminar 3

Certificate of Eligibility

Upon completion of the program students will apply for a certificate of eligibility. This certificate never expires and will enable the holder to apply for administrative positions.

Once employment is gained the student can then apply for the preliminary administrative services credential.

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