Important Dates

Cal State Apply Application April 1st, 2023
Supplemental Materials April 1st, 2023
Program Start Fall 2023 - September 21, 2023
Program End Summer 2024 - July 28, 2023

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration


The Educational Leadership and Administration Program prepares educational leaders who foster a norm of ethical behavior, moral integrity, and social responsibility in an interdependent and rapidly changing world.

Leaders from many fields including K-12, higher education, and nonprofit organizations will benefit from this fast and flexible program. The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration is instructed by a talented faculty composed of scholar-practitioners who bring real-world experience and nationally recognized scholarship to the teaching and learning experience. The program emphasizes:

  • Applied theories of educational leadership
  • Mastery of practical skills required for effective leadership and administration
  • Competence in research methods necessary for understanding and assessing learning organizations

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration

While designed primarily for K-12 leaders, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration is beneficial for leaders from other fields, including teacher leadership, higher education, and nonprofit leadership. The program emphasizes applied theories of educational leadership, mastery of practical skills required for effective leadership and administration, and competence in research methods necessary for understanding and assessing learning organizations. Qualified candidates who meet standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing can earn the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential with the master's degree.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Overview: The California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program prepares candidates to assume positions of leadership in California's K-12 school system. This credential program is open to candidates who currently hold a valid California teaching/service credential with five years of full-time teaching/service experience. Three quarters of fieldwork experiences are incorporated into the program. Qualified candidates who meet standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will be recommended for the credential.

Administrative Services Internship Program

Overview: California does not provide an emergency provision to hire someone to be an administrator who does not possess an administrative credential. The Administrative Internship Program supports districts that have an immediate need for an administrator and are without suitable candidates. Applicants must verify proof of a valid basic teaching or appropriate service credential and five years of teaching and/or related service, documentation of being offered an administrative position, and support for this internship from the superintendent of schools in employing district or county office of education. Students will earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential as they serve in an administrative capacity and complete the program of study for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Fast Track Schedule

  • Designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Courses completed over an 11-month period
  • 16 weekends (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays, held bi-weekly)
  • Five-week summer session
  • Rigorous, practical, program requiring serious academic commitment 

Apply Now!


  Program Coordinators

Andrea Somoza-Norton

Phone: 805-756-5373

Office: Building 2, Room 110


Natasha Neumann

Phone: 805-756-6082

Office: Building 2, Room 112



Educational Leadership & Administration (ELAP) Info Session

Please join ELAP faculty members Dr. Somoza-Norton and Dr. Neumann for

a special ELAP information session! You'll be able to find out all about

ELAP's weekend cohort model, how to balance work and graduate student

life, course topics, and more.


Fall Quarter 2022 

  • TBD

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