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Educational Leadership Program

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (no credential option)

This stand-alone option for the MA degree in Educational Leadership is offered to students who are interested in educational leadership roles but not in obtaining the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential needed for certain public school administrative positions. 

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership is also appropriate for individuals who earned their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential by examination and seek to strengthen their knowledge base, and for individuals who do not hold a teaching or pupil personnel credential but want to develop their knowledge of administration and leadership in educational settings in order to pursue careers in private schools or to prepare for doctoral study. This program addresses the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.  

Units: 45 quarter units (15 courses)
Program Length: 1.5 - 2 years; full-time/part-time
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Credential

Students who earn their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential at Santa Clara University may also obtain a master's degree in Educational Leadership with an additional 9 quarter-units of coursework, selected with their academic advisor. 

Units: 45 quarter units (15 courses)
Program Length: 1.5 - 2 years; full-time/part-time
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership comprises the 30 units of coursework required for the  Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (which is accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing) plus an additional 15 units of elective coursework. 

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

This program authorizes qualified individuals to work as school principals or central office administrators in public schools.

Units: 30 quarter units (10 courses)
Program Length:
 2 years, part-time (6 units/quarter)
Start Dates:
 Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer
Instructional Method: On Campus

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program is the first step for individuals who want to advance their career and become effective educational leaders. Designed to prepare exceptional teachers for leadership roles in public, private, or parochial schools, students receive a well-rounded curriculum delivered in small, personal classes. High quality professors mentor students beginning on day one. Peer-to-peer learning and networking builds the foundation for strong support and diverse perspectives throughout our students' careers. This program addresses the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and is accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is independent of the Master of Arts in Educational Leaderhsip, but it is often paired with the Masters degree, as all 30 units of this program apply toward the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Students who have completed the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program and want to continue on to the Master of Arts in Educational Administration do not need to reapply, but must complete a petition to continue.

Our graduates do the following with this degree:
Graduates of this program are prepared for leadership positions in K-12 school administration. Our recent graduates are currently employed as principals, assistant principals, education program directors, teacher leaders, and intervention specialists.

Clear Administrative Services Credential

 This program is for individuals who currently hold a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and are employed in an administrative position.

Units: 14 quarter units
Program Length: 4 Quarters
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus

The Clear Administrative Services Credential program provides preparation for current K-12 administrators seeking to clear their preliminary credential. This program provides students with a series of guided and supervised experiences designed to enhance their knowledge, skills, and professional capabilities as administrators. This program is entirely field-based, addresses the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, and is designed to provide candidates with practical, job-related experience. This program is accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.

Applicants are required to possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and be employed in a position requiring that credential.

Our graduates do the following with this degree:
Graduates of this program are currently employed as principals, assistant principals, education program directors, school psychologists, and deans of students. Our graduates are employed in high quality school districts locally, as well as outside of the Bay Area. 

FAQs

Catholic school teachers who want a preliminary credential should apply to the Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (CatMAT) program. If students complete the entire three-year program at SCU and continue to the Clear Credential program, they earn the MAT degree as well. 

Yes. We require all CatMAT candidates have full time positions because the state requires three years of full time teaching to fulfill the student teaching requirement. On average students take about three years to complete the program.

Catholic school principals prefer to hire credentialed teachers and recently most are able to do so. However, if a credentialed teacher who meets the qualifications is not available, principals may hire a non-credentialed candidate if he/she is in a credential program particularly if the candidate has some credential classes already taken in classroom management, reading and math methods etc.

The Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential is designed for individuals who want to eventually teach in public schools. This is a full-time program that is completed in a year. Students in this program start in the summer (Summer Pre-Session, Summer, or Fall Pre-Session) and complete the program the following summer. Students are given a field placement within a classroom the entire year to work side-by-side with a master teacher and develop their teaching and professional skills.

Candidates for admission to MATTC must have meaningful, recent (within the past 3 years) experience working with youngsters in the same age range as the students they intend to teach. Candidates for admission to MATTC - Multiple Subject Credential must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of children between the ages of 5 – 14 years old in an organized, formal setting in the US; candidates for admission to MATTC - Single Subject Credential must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of youth between the ages of 12 – 18 years old in an organized, formal setting in the US. The recommended minimum amount of time dedicated to this experience is 30 hours.

This experience may take place in a public, private, charter, or Catholic school; in a scout troop or other highly-structured extracurricular activity; in a religious or language school that meets on a regular, ongoing basis; or in another formal context serving students in grades K – 8 or grades 6 — 12. The work should involve some degree of planning for and supervising children or youth.


The following activities will not satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program: teaching music, art, or dance lessons (unless you intend to pursue a K-12 music, art, or physical education teaching credential); working as a babysitter, nanny, or daycare provider; working with your own children, their friends, or members of your immediate family; providing one-on-one tutoring in any academic or non-academic subject area.

The following activities may satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program: teaching/coaching sports, working as preschool teacher, working as a summer camp counselor.

All MATTC applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation written by the individual who supervised their work with youngsters which provides an assessment of the quality of their performance.