Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Academic Programs

Master’s of Arts – Preliminary Credential – Professional Credential

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) offers students the opportunity to receive the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration as well as achieve the Preliminary and Professional Administrative Services Credential. Many students already have a master’s degree in another discipline before entering the ELPS program. For others, this is their first master’s degree.

The typical career route for those interested in being school administrators in the State of California requires earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The Master’s degree program course requirements are the same courses necessary to earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Once this has been acquired, and a first administrative assignment has been secured, individuals must earn the Professional Administrative Services Credential in order to receive permanent certification as a school administrator in California.