Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Educational Administration & Tier I Administrative Services Credential

Group Graduation - Mobile Only


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Irina Okhremtchouk, Professor of Educational Administration

Lecturers: Prof. Enrique Avalos, Dr. Amy Baer, Prof. Mark Brewer, Dr. Marlon Gayle, Dr. Marta Induni, Prof. Tina Lagdamen, Dr. Valerie Pitts, Prof. Fermin Villegas, J.D.


The graduate program in Educational Administration and Tier I Administrative Services Credential is a 12 month, 33 semester-unit program designed with the working professional in mind! All classes adhere to a hybrid/blended instructional model, with face-to-face meetings scheduled every-other Saturday while PK-12 schools are in session (not to exceed ten face-to-face meetings per semester; a typical full-time semester consists of nine to ten all-day meetings).

Duration

The program commences at the start of each Spring semester (January) and concludes at the end of the Fall semester (December/January). Spring and Fall semesters adhere to a full-time enrollment schedule, and a part-time schedule during Summer session – a typical summer session runs anywhere between five to six weeks in duration.

Options

Option A: Prospective candidates who wish to earn their Tier I Certification/MA in Educational Administration at a slower pace that extends beyond 12 months (2.5 academic semesters) are welcome to enroll on a part-time basis by obtaining prior authorization from the program’s coordinator.

Option B: Prospective candidates who do not want to earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I/Certificate of Eligibility) are eligible to apply and pursue a master’s degree only option.

CalAPA Tier 1 Certification Requirement

As of May 31, 2019, all candidates who aspire to earn an Administrative Services Credential are subject to CalAPA (similar to EdTPA for teachers). SFSU’s Educational Administration Program embeds CalAPA competencies in its coursework – each CalAPA cycle is supported by two classes (taken progressively as candidates move through the program) to aid candidates toward a successful completion of the CCTC’s CalAPA requirements.

Cost

The cohort model (12 months/2.5 semester) offers considerable savings in tuition and fees, which amounts to approximately $11,500 for the entire program (excluding books) based on the 2019-20 tuition schedule.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes 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 as well as participation in field practicums (EDAD 714 & 892) supervised by a school or district administrator.

  • Coursework (33 units total):
  • Semester 1/Spring (12 units): EDAD 713: Administrative Processes (3 units); ISED 797: Seminar in Educational Research (3 units); EDAD 714: Practicum: Site Administration I (3 units); EDAD 763: Law and Education (3 units)
  • Semester 2/Summer (6 units): EDAD 743: Educational Planning, Technology & Evaluation (3 units) & EDAD 774: Change Processes and Education (3 units)
  • Semester 3/Fall (15 units): EDAD 723: School Administration (3 units); EDAD 753: Human Resource Administration (3 units); EDAD 784: Special Education Administration (3 units); EDAD 733: Curricular Leadership for Multicultural Education (3 units); & EDAD 892: Internship/Educational Administration II (3 units)

Admission to Program

Admission to the program is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0-grade point average in the last 60 units of college coursework. Prospective candidates must submit a CSU graduate application: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate, which includes, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and transcripts. A faculty committee regularly reviews applications for admission. Educational Administration Program candidates are admitted in the spring semester only. Spring admission to the program allows candidates to finish the program in the fall and enter the university-job pipeline in time for PK-12 early Winter-Spring job announcements.

Requirements for the five-year preliminary administrative services credential application

  • Baccalaureate degree 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 (required for admission)
  • Basic Skills Requirement. Successful passage of one of the following (required for admission)
    • 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
  • A minimum of five years of successful full-time teaching or pupil personnel or health services, or library services experience (or a combination) in public schools or private schools of equal status upon completion of the program. School substitute service and/or community college experience is not acceptable.
  • A successful completion of SFSU’s Tier I Administrative Services Credential Program & CalAPA Cycles 1 through 3.

Upon completion of the program, the candidate will receive a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I) or a Certificate of Eligibility 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 until an administrative position is secured.

Internship Program

The internship program is available to candidates who are offered administrative positions and need the administrative internship credential. Entry into this program requires a request from the district office to the Educational Administration Program Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT). Intern candidates must meet the criteria for the preliminary administrative services program, as stated above, before assuming internship administrative responsibilities. Internship program candidates enroll in the same courses as preliminary administrative services program candidates.

Contact an Advisor

For additional information, please contact Educational Administration Master of Arts and Credential Program Coordinator Dr. Okhremtchouk at irinao@sfsu.edu.

ELSIT Department

The ELSIT Department office is located in Burk Hall 239. Call (415) 338–1653 or email elsit@sfsu.edu.