Graduate and Professional Studies:
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

What makes an effective educational leader? What characteristics and traits are predictive of successful careers in leadership? Does a leader have to be employed in a management position to provide leadership? How do leaders "do more with less" in lean times? What management and leadership skills are necessary to effectively operate today's schools?

The mission of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively improve educational institutions and environments – from pre-K through university to the professional levels. The program aims to make persuasive and effective leaders that possess the following core qualities:

  • Be visionary change agents
  • Create collaborative learning communities
  • Engage in reflective practice
  • Ensure diversity and equity
  • Implement research-based practices and site-based best practices
  • Build capacity through leadership development

EDLP program graduates 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.

Courses Offered

Please review the program description and course listings in the Course Catalog (Follow the Master of Arts link).

Career Information

Education Administrators

Credentials Offered

Degrees Offered

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education | Graduate and Professional Studies: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079