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Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

What Makes Our Programs Unique

  1. Hybrid, Online, and Face-to-Face Options

We offer hybrid, online, and face-to-face options for our programs in order to meet the needs of our students.

  1. Accelerated Programs

You can complete your Master’s Degree in TK-12 Educational Leadership in as little as 3 semesters.
You can complete your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in as little as 10.5 months.

  1. Supportive Cohort-Based Learning

The students in your cohort will matriculate through all coursework together, creating opportunities to support and learn from one another.

  1. World-Renowned Faculty

Courses are taught by world-renowned faculty members who are considered leading experts within their fields. Our faculty members are award-winning practitioners who have published and authored numerous books, articles, and manuscripts on leadership. Likewise, our faculty have presented their research across the nation and around the globe.

Higher Educational Leadership


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

  • Be visionary change agents
  • Create collaborative learning communities
  • Engage in reflective leadership practices
  • Lead for inclusiveness, multiculturalism, and change
  • Implement research-based and site-based best practices
  • Be a creative and innovative leader in a changing world

Where are our Graduates

Past graduates of our program successfully serve in a broad variety of leadership roles within higher education four-year institutions, community colleges, and professional associations in the field of higher education systems 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 and other institutions.

"The best estimates offered by research is that leadership is about one-third born and two-thirds made." ~ Ronal E. Riggio, Ph.D., Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College.

Career Options

  • Unit Manager
  • Student Services Professional
  • Program/Project Director
  • Community College entry-level management
  • Mid-or entry-level student services manager

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TK-12 Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services


“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

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

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
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant/Associate Superintendent
  • SPED Director
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Leader
  • Athletic Director
  • Various Director and Coordinator Roles
  • Principal
  • Assistant/Vice Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Various Director and Coordinator Roles

    EDLP (TK-12) MA and PASC information session - Nov. 18th in Eureka 221 from 4pm-5pm

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EDLP (TK-12) Advisory Board

What is the EDLP TK-12 Advisory Board?

The EDLP TK-12 Advisory Board is a fundamental aspect of the EDLP TK-12 programs at California State University, Sacramento. The commitment is small, but the impact is immeasurable. The Advisory Board consists of successful practitioners in the field who serve in a variety of roles spanning from Assistant Principal to Superintendent.

What is the purpose of the Advisory Board?

The overarching purpose of the Advisory Board is an asserted effort led by lead faculty in the EDLP TK-12 Educational Leadership programs at California State University, Sacramento to work collaboratively with successful practitioners in the field in a joint effort to ensure the EDLP TK-12 Educational Leadership programs are meeting the needs of both our graduates (as aspiring and practicing school leaders) and the field of educational leadership in the State of California and beyond.

EDLP TK-12 Educational Advisory Board:

Dr. Tierra Crothers, Director of Professional Learning and Induction at Sylvan Union School District (Term 2018-2020)

Ms. Teri “Lani” Fuzessery, Director of Special Education at Twin Rivers Unified School District (Term 2018-2020)

Dr. Sarah M. Jouganatos, Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Mr. Mathew Gulbrandsen, Superintendent, Live Oak Unified School District (Term 2018-2020)

Dr. Hervey Taylor, Retired Administrator and current adjunct professor (Term 2018-2020)

Dr. Mohammad Warrad, Assistant Principal, Franklin High School, Elk Grove Unified School District (Term 2019-2021)

Mr. James Wrede, Assistant Principal, Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Unified High School District (Term 2018-2020)

Ms. Isabel Acosta, Vice Principal, Pioneer School K-8, Twin Rivers Unified School District

Dr. Kelly Jean (KJ) Rhoads, Principal, Pioneer School K-8, Twin Rivers Unified School District

If you are interested in serving on the EDLP TK-12 Educational Leadership Advisory Board, Dr. Sarah M. Jouganatos at sarah.jouganatos@csus.edu for more information.

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Contact

Program Coordinators:
Dr. Sarah Jouganatos
Dr. Geni Cowan
Branch Chair:
Dr. Carlos Nevarez