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Educational Leadership Program

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.

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

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

For the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, see below. 

Units: 45 quarter units is 15 courses (3 quarter units equals 2 semester credits)
Program Length: 1.5 to 2 years; full-time or part-time
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus

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 is 10 courses (3 quarter units equals 2 semester credits)
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 can be taken on its own or as part of the MA in Educational Leadership.

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  and is accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is independent of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, 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 (3 quarter units equals 2 semester credits)
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.