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Educational Leadership Program

Our distinctive Educational Leadership program at Santa Clara University, a premier private Jesuit university, is designed to prepare top-notch leaders with the capacity to transform their organizations to promote social justice and educational equity.

We offer a high quality and innovative administrative services credential and a Masters of Arts in Education Leadership in small class settings taught by renowned faculty that specialize in bridging theory, research and practice to teach the whole person. In addition, our program offers a Clear Administrative services credential. Our program is tailored for working professionals with evening and weekend classes. Our outstanding graduates hold leadership positions as K-12 principals, assistant principals, education program directors, teacher leaders, and intervention specialists.

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

A Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership is for individuals working in TK-12 higher education, or other education or youth-oriented organizations, public or private schools, higher education, or other professional settings. These individuals have the desire to lead their organization or develop strong leadership qualities. Adding an Administrative Service Credential with the MA degree is an option for those qualified candidates who are interested.

  • Classes are offered in the evening.
  • Classes are conducted on campus and at satellite locations.
  • The program can be completed in 18 to 21 months, taking 2 classes per week.
  • The program offers a flexible start; Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
  • The MA requires 45 quarter units to complete the degree.
  • MA degree tuition is $28,350. Scholarships up to 25% are available.

 

Administrative Services Credential

The Administrative Services Credential prepares students for school and system-wide leadership positions. The program is focused on leadership development centered around questions of social justice and educational equity.

  • Classes are offered in the evening.
  • Classes are conducted on campus and at satellite locations.
  • The program can be completed in 12 months, taking 2 classes a week.
  • The program offers a flexible start; Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
  • The program requires 30 quarter units to complete the degree.
  • 2018 - 2019 tuition is $18,900. Scholarships and cohort discounts are available.

Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition

Application Fee    $50
2018 - 2019 Tuition, per quarter unit    $630
Graduate Student Associate Fee (per quarter)    $40
Late registration Fee    $100
Course Drop/Swap Fee (per course)    $50
Late Payment Fee    $100
Annual Student Health Insurance (Health Insurance Waiver is available)    $2,968

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to federal student aid, we also offer a number of scholarships and aid opportunities depending on your program and potential career path.

If you have specific questions about applying for an ECP scholarship, please feel free to contact Emma Wadiak, our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, or call us at (408) 551-3456.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Information

 

"The SCU School of Education is a bridging experience! Over my time here in this program, I have grown as an individual and discovered what I am passionate about. This program has opened my eyes to where my future lies and created a vision to help guide me in my endeavors.”

 - Harjinder Singh, ’18, Education

Students typically attend class two nights per week. Field lab courses include independent work and field site visits. Those wishing to earn an Administrative Services Credential only complete the year-one courses. The year-two courses are for those adding the MA.

Educational Leadership Curriculum

Year One

Summer
  • Organizational Leadership and Behavior (EDUC 360)
  • Instructional Leadership (EDUC 361)
Fall
Winter
  • Community Leadership and Public Relations (EDUC 366)
  • Program Interventions (EDUC 371)
  • Field Lab - Community, Diversity, and Technology (EDUC 370)
Spring

Year Two

Fall
  • Action Research or Research Methods (EDUC 369)
  • Pre-approved Elective 
Winter
  • Contextual Field Lab - Educational Leadership Practicum (EDUC 367)
  • Action Research and Research Methods (EDUC 369)
  • Pre-approved Elective