Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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    Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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Master of Arts and Tier I Credential

IMPORTANT! Coursework for the Master’s Degree and Preliminary Services (Tier I) Credential is identical; however, the degree and the credential are awarded by two separate and distinct agencies, California State University and the State Credentials Office respectively. Therefore, a candidate who is pursuing both the Master’s Degree and Preliminary Services Credential must apply to each agency separately, and those applications should be submitted concurrently.

To download a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential application, log in to the Credential Office web site at or contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2586 for assistance.

Orientation and Information Meetings

Walnut Park Middle School (ESC South)
7500 Marbrisa Ave., STEM Conf. Room, Walnut Park, CA 90255
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:00 PM

Educational Service Center East 
2151 N. Soto St., Los Angeles, CA 90032
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:00 PM

Educational Service Center North
6621 Balboa Blvd. Conference Room K, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:00 PM 
Wednesday, April 24, 2014, 4:00 PM

Saugus Union School District Offices
24930 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, CA 91355 
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM

Glendale Unified School District Administrative Offices
The Board Room, 223 N Jackson Street, Glendale
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM

**Cohorts are also planned for ESC West, Conejo/Simi, and Santa Monica.**

Meeting at local school sites saves on parking fees and long commutes to the university. Public, private, and charter school educators are all welcome!

For additional information, contact, or all the ELPS Office, CSUN 818.677.2591

Tier I Credential

  • ELPS 600 Research in Education
  • ELPS 650 Contemporary Administrative Leadership
  • ELPS 663 Legal Aspects of Educational Administration
  • ELPS 664 Business and Financial Aspects of Educational Administration
  • ELPS 672 Management of Human Resources
  • ELPS 676 School Community Relations
  • ELPS 681 Organization and Administration of Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education
  • ELPS 682 Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction
  • ELPS 675 Decision Making Simulation in Educational Administration
  • ELPS 688 Fieldwork (Must be taken with no more than 6 units remaining)
  • ELPS 697 Comprehensive Exam

View outlines for the above courses.

Additional Requirements

  • Five years of professional educational experience with a clear teaching or services credential by the completion of this program.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Possession of a valid California credential.
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)/Miller Analogies Test (MAT), with acceptable score.
  • Passing score on California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  • Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators.
  • All students must take the Comprehensive Examination.
  • An average grade of “B” or better must be maintained throughout the program. No grade lower than a "C" will be accepted