Educational Leadership & Policy Studies



  • Five years of successful full-time teaching experience, (verified by employed school district’s HR office) with a clear teaching credential, and
    • an English Language Learner authorization or a clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services, requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including field work or the equivalent.
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possession of a valid California credential.
  • Basic Skills Requirement:
  • Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators
  • All MA 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.

Master's in PK12 Educational Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program(s) 

Step 1 - Complete a Declaration of Intent  and e-mail to

Step 2 - STOP - Do not move to Step 3 until you receive confirmation from the ELPS Office  (from ). 

Step 3 - Application to the University

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

If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, please view the information video online at

Step 3 - Apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program