Masters of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership Specialization
The Educational Leadership Specialization prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Completion of this Level I administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in the California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Professional Standards for School Leaders. The program offers students understanding and application of leadership skills. The program also develops each student's understanding of basic school administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy.
Prior to recommendation for certification, University faculty determine eligibility, based on fully documented evidence, that each student has demonstrated satisfactory performance on the full range of standards set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A Masters Degree is required for CSU Channel Islands to recommend a candidate for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates already possessing a Masters Degree who successfully complete the required 30 successfully will be recommended for the Level I credential without completing a research paper.
The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership Specialization prepares candidates for leadership positions as school principals and for a variety of school leadership positions for which the preliminary administrative services credential is required. It prepares school leaders who can develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs; evaluate and supervise certificated and classified personnel, facilitate and manage safe and secure school learning environments, manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services, and develop, coordinate, and supervise school support services.
- Application to the university Admissions Office.
- One Set of Official Transcripts: One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions Office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.
- Application to the Education Credential Office.
- CBEST Examination-Copy of card indicating passage of the CBEST or verification that you have taken the test prior to admission to the program. Passage of CBEST is required for certification.
- Copy of a valid Clear or Life California teaching credential requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching; or a valid California Designated Subjects teaching credential provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree; or a valid California services credential in Pupil Personnel Services, Health Services, Library Media Teacher Services, or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a profession preparation program including field practice or the equivalent submitted to the Education Credential Office.
- Documentation of at least five years of full-time successful teaching experience (substitute or part time service does not apply).
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work at least one of whom is the candidate’s current school administrator.
- Interview with Education Program Admissions Committee.
- Writing Sample. A written statement of purpose (500-600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to be a school administrator serving the children and families of the diverse communities of California. This essay will include reflection on personal professional goals and ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.
- Advanced coursework or a component of an induction program focusing on the integration of technology into education such as EDUC 561 Teaching with Technology or equivalent
- Advanced coursework or a component of an induction program focusing on Special Education.
Education Leadership Specialization Program of Study
Masters Core Courses (7 units)
EDUC 605 Education in Diverse Society (3)
EDUC 615 Principles of Educational Research (3)
EDUC 616 Masters Research Thesis/Project (1)
EDUC 618 Comprehensive Examinations (1)
Required Courses for Specialization in Educational Leadership (27 units)
EDPL 610 Foundations of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
EDPL 620 Instructional Leadership of the Collaborative, Inclusive School (3)
EDPL 621 Law and School Management (3)
EDPL 622 School Finance and Principles of Applied Leadership (3)
EDPL 623 Understanding and Influencing Organizations in Diverse Communities (3)
EDPL 624 Human Resource Management in Education Settings (3)
EDPL 625 Building Collaborative, Inclusive Learning Communities (3)
EDPL 631 Professional Development and Field Experience I (3)
EDPL 632 Professional Development and Field Experience II (3)