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) 677-2733 for assistance.

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