M.A. in Education, Educational Administration Concentration

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The educational administration program is designed to help candidates acquire knowledge and skills that are essential for effective performance in leadership, supervisory or administrative positions. The curriculum generally includes the following activities: theory and practice under simulated conditions in the classroom; application and analysis of theory in a real situation, usually the candidate’s school or district; and application and performance supervised by a school or district supervisor or administrator. The Master of Arts is regarded as the professional degree for educational administrators. It is possible for the candidate to enroll in a program of studies leading to either a credential or a master’s degree only or both.

An excellent faculty, all of whom have held leadership positions in school systems, higher education, and/or private and governmental organizations, staffs the program in educational administration. Each faculty member has developed an individualized area of specialization designed to implement the program and support other activities of the department.

The program in educational administration has been revised to reflect the knowledge base and skill requirements of emerging leadership roles. The curriculum generally includes the following activities: theory and practice under simulated conditions in the classroom; application and analysis of theory in real-life situations, mostly the candidate’s school and/or district; and application and participate in field practicums supervised by a school or district administrator. Beginning Fall 2018 the program will use a cohort model with students expected to complete the program in four semesters (including one summer semester), in a period of 18 months using a hybrid model with approximately a third of all courses being face-to-face.

The Master of Arts is regarded as the professional degree for educational administrators. It is possible for candidates who meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing prerequisites required for the five-year preliminary administrative services credential to concurrently earn both the preliminary five-year administrative services credential and the master’s degree. Students who do not meet the prerequisites required for the preliminary administrative services credential are eligible to earn a master’s degree only. Please note that students entering the program on or after June 1, 2019 will also need to pass the three (3) California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA). Students enrolled after June 1, 2018 will be required to take the three (3) California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA).


Contact an Advisor

Dr. Irina Okhremtchouk | irinao@sfsu.edu


Degree Requirements

Code Title Units
EDAD 713 Administrative Processes 3
EDAD 714 Practicum: Site Administration 3
EDAD 723 School Administration 3
EDAD 733 Curricular Leadership for Multicultural Education 3
EDAD 743 Educational Planning, Technology, and Evaluation 3
EDAD 753 Human Resource Administration in Education 3
EDAD 763 Law and Education 3
EDAD 774 Change Processes and Education 3
EDAD 784 Special Education Administration 3
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
EDAD 892 Internship - Educational Administration II 3

Prerequisites required for the five-year preliminary administrative services credential are the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university. (Required for admission)
  • A valid Clear California teaching credential or pupil personnel services credential, health services credential, or library services credential or designated subjects credential with a baccalaureate degree, or clinical or rehabilitative services credential.
  • Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement. Successful passage of one of the following:
    • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
    • CSET Multiple Subjects Test plus Writing Skills Test
    • A Commission-approved out-of-state basic skills exam
    • CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) or the CSU Placement Examinations
    • English Placement Test (EPT) & Entry Level Math (ELM)
  • A minimum of five years of successful full-time teaching or pupil personnel or health services, or library services experience (or combination) in public schools or private schools of equal status. Community college experience is not acceptable.

Upon completion of the program, the candidate will receive a preliminary administrative services credential or a certificate of eligibility credential if an administrator position is not yet secured. The certificate of eligibility authorizes one to seek initial employment as an administrator but does not authorize actual administrative service. Please note that students entering the program on or after June 1, 2019, will also need to pass the three (3) California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA). Students enrolled after June 1, 2018 will be required to take the three (3) California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA).

Internship Program

The internship program is available to students who are offered administrative positions and need the administrative internship credential. Entry into this program requires a request from the district office to the chair of the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. Intern candidates must meet the criteria for the preliminary administrative services program as stated above prior to assuming internship administrative responsibilities.

Internship program students enroll in the same courses as preliminary administrative services program candidates with the exception of the following courses that are only for students admitted into the internship program with prior approval by the internship faculty advisor:

EDAD 822 may be substituted for EDAD 733; EDAD 823 may be substituted for EDAD 743; EDAD 824 may be substituted for EDAD 753 (all 3-unit courses)


Admission to Program

Entry into the program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college course work.

How to Apply

Please review the Graduate Application Procedures for Admission.


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or email us at elsit@sfsu.edu.