Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

  • Group shot of the ELPS 2014 cohort

    Welcome to our new cohort!

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    Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. 
  • Possession of a valid California credential.
  • Five years of professional educational experience with a clear teaching or services credential by the completion of this program.
  • Passing score on California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  • Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators.  Please use the ELPS Letter of Recommendation Form.
  • Once in the program, all graduate students must pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.  (A student does not have to take this exam if they attended and graduated from a Cal State University for their undergraduate degree.)

Application Process to the Master's in Educational Administration K-12 

Step 1 - Submit a Declaration of Intent (.pdf)

Step 2 - Application to the University

The first application is to the University. In other words, you must apply and be accepted to California State University at Northridge. This gets you into the University itself and allows you to then become involved in a specific program. 

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Step 3 - Apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program