The master's program is for aspiring educational leaders who are seeking administrative certification. The degree provides a solid foundation for leaders considering doctoral work at the elementary and secondary levels.
The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes the Educational Leadership Program and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.
Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and the Educational Leadership (EDL) program maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.
A key departmental strength concentrates on how organizations, institutions (both formal and informal), official practices, and educational professions affect outcomes across local, national, and international contexts and how these entities are themselves affected by societal, economic, and political pressures.
EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.Ed. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.
No Graduate Record Exam is required.
However for International Students:
Minimum TOEFL: Score no less than a 79
Minimum IELTS: Score no less than a 7
Application is due 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Core courses (Foundations, Law, Principalship, Personnel, Supervision, Finance, Principal Internship): 21 units
Research courses: 6 units
Electives: 9 units
Total: 36 units
Students pursuing superintendent certification must take an additional 3-unit superintendency course and a 3-unit superintendent internship.