Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Master of Arts in Educational Administration Degree and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Spring 2020 application deadline: December 1, 2019
Fall 2020 application deadline: July 1, 2020

IMPORTANT! Coursework for the Master’s Degree and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential are 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.

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To apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential please click here: Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program or contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 for assistance.

Master of Arts Degree and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

  • ELPS 600 Research in Educational Leadership
  • 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 in Educational Administration (Must be taken with no more than 6 units remaining)
  • ELPS 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (Comprehensive Exam)

View outlines for the above courses.

Additional Requirements

  • Five years of successful, full-time teaching experience 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.
  • 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

California Administrator Performance Assessment

What is the CalAPA?

Beginning June 1, 2019, all candidates interested in obtaining the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) and serve in an administrative position, must participate in the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA).  The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has developed the California Administrator Performance Assessment to assess key elements of the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE) and the California Administrator Content Expectations (CACE). 

What does the CalAPA assess and require?

The CalAPA consists of three leadership cycles with a focus on organizational development, change management, and leadership. Each cycle includes the four inquiry steps of investigate, plan, act, and reflect.  The cycles are as follows:

  • Leadership Cycle 1: Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity
  • Leadership Cycle 2: Facilitating Communities of Practice
  • Leadership Cycle 3: Supporting Teacher Growth

Students accepted and enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program must take and pass all three cycles of the CalAPA prior to completing the program and to be recommended by CSUN for the (PASC).

How am I supported as a student?

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program has been designed to support and assist students in preparing for and being successful in completing the CalAPA leadership cycles. Students will take each CalAPA cycle during specific courses during their program of studies.  While the ELPS program will support candidates in preparing them for CalAPA, each student is responsible for creating their own individual account in the online platform and pay for each leadership cycle.

Registration details and more specific information about the CalAPA cycles will be provided to students early on in their program. 

What is the cost of taking the CalAPA?

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has established the following fee for all three CalAPA leadership cycles payable to the CCTC of $425 for any student officially enrolled in a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. 

Find out more about the CalAPA?

Information on the California Administrator Performance Assessment and the three leadership cycles can be found at this link:  http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/