“School leadership is second only to direct classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement in a school.” ~ The Wallace Foundation

Preliminary Administrative Service Credential (Tier I)

The mission of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will effectively lead and improve TK-12 school systems. Our program aims to prepare school leaders who possess the following core qualities and characteristics:

  • Be visionary change agents
  • Lead for equity 
  • Create collaborative learning communities
  • Engage in reflective practice
  • Be socially just leaders
  • Lead for inclusiveness
  • Implement research-based and site-based best practices
  • Be instructional leaders

What Makes Our Program Unique

Aspiring school leaders can complete our Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in less than 11 months and complete their Master of Arts in Education: TK-12 Educational Leadership” degree in as little as 3 semesters. Our program is cohort-based in that students who are admitted each application cycle will matriculate through all coursework together, as a cohort. Utilizing a hybrid program design, our program incorporates both traditional face-to-face and online learning activities in order to ensure our program is conducive for full-time working school teachers/adults. Finally, our credential courses coincide with our "Master of Arts in Education: TK-12 Educational Leadership” degree in that the credential and degree can be earned concurrently. 

Where Are Our Graduates

Past graduates of our program successfully serve in a broad variety of leadership roles within the TK-12 educational setting both in the region and across the state, as well as throughout the nation and around the globe. In addition, upon completion of our program, several of our graduates have chosen to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree at California State University, Sacramento.

Career Options

  • The California Department of Education 
    • Variety of Roles
  • District Level Administration 
    • Superintendent 
    • Assistant/Associate Superintendent
    • SPED Director 
    • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Instructional Leader
    • Athletic Director  
    • Various Director and Coordinator Roles
  • Building Level Administration 
    • Principal
    • Assistant/Vice Principal 
    • Athletic Director
    • Various Director and Coordinator Roles

Program Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education: TK-12 Educational Leadership

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA for all work presented for the degree

Administrative Services Credential Requirements

  • Same as M.A. requirements
  • California Teaching Credential
  • Minimum of 4 years of TK-12 teaching experience

Program Course Requirements

Graduate Core Requirements (24 units)
Course             Units   Title

EDLP 200       3          Diversity and Equity in Educational Leadership
EDLP 201       3          Foundations of Educational Leadership
EDLP 202       3          School Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership
EDLP 203       3          School Finance
EDLP 205       3          Instructional Leadership
EDLP 209       3          Organizational Systems & Human Resources
EDLP 495       6          Field Experience 

In an effort to make our program more conducive for our students, many of which are full-time working school teachers/adults, we offer the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential courses alongside our Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education: TK-12 Educational Leadership courses. Therefore, the credential and Master’s degree can be earned concurrently. Please note, additional courses are required for Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education: TK-12 Educational Leadership

Program Resources

Potential Students

Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.
View our updated Program Flier (PDF)

Current Students

Apply for your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Program Coordinator and Lead Faculty

Dr. Sarah Graham, Program Coordinator
Phone: (916) 278-7394 | Office Eureka Hall 219 | Email:
Dr. Denver J. Fowler, Lead Faculty
Phone: (916) 278-4123 | Office: Eureka Hall 219 | Email: