Credential: Professional Administrative Service


Graduates of EDLP programs over the past two decades now serve in a broad variety of leadership and management positions throughout the region, and the country.  Some have chosen to pursue doctoral studies in Educational Leadership after completing their Master's level studies and have gained critical experience in leadership.

All Educational Leadership programs are organized to be cohort-based. Groups of students admitted each application cycle will take all of their courses together. Enrollments are predictable, and a course of study can be planned in advance in relation to the availability of highly qualified faculty. Cohorts provide students a foundation from which to build important professional support networks with their classmates/colleagues, while facilitating collaborative and cooperative learning experiences throughout the program and into their careers.

Career Options

School-level Education Administrator (Principal, Vice-Principal, etc.)
Professor (College, University, Private)
Instructional Coach
District-level Leadership


  • Formal application to the University; completion of supplemental Program application. University application forms may be submitted online at
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the last 30 semester (45 quarter) units attempted, and have been in good standing at the last college attended.
  • Possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services credential and be employed by a local educational agency in an administrative capacity (verification required).
  • Have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Refer to the catalog for detailed admission and academic requirements.

Application Deadlines

For Spring 2014 semester: September 30, 2013

For Fall 2014 semester: March 1, 2014

Course Listing

Review the courses required to complete the degree.

Additional Information

PDF: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Learning Outcomes

  • To articulate and apply theories and practices of leadership in educational settings
  • To integrate leadership behaviors with management and supervisory practices
  • To competently apply leadership skills to complex education organizations
  • To master leadership competencies required to meet state standards for educational leadership/administration
  • To apply theories of ethics to leadership decision making
  • To develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to utilize research in education, becoming familiar and competent with the use of available research literature, the tools to access it, and its application to current educational issues, practices and delivery systems
  • To develop and utilize the skills of research in education to develop and evaluate educational programs and initiatives
  • To appropriately and effectively address, improve, and maximize educational opportunity and achievement for diverse learners


Francisco Reveles
(916) 278-4957
Eureka Hall 430

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