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Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies TK-12 pathway is fully accredited through the Commission on California Teacher Credentialing (CTC). In fact, Sac State is one of only a few universities in the state of California that is a full member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). This pathway offers three separate hybrid and online options: a Master’s degree, Preliminary Administrative Service Credential (PASC), or the MA and PASC together. All are delivered in both hybrid and online only formats. Each option is explained further below.
TK-12 Educational Leadership
The EDLP MA (TK-12) pathway is a 3-semester program that aims to develop TK-12 leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively impact all aspects of the TK-12 educational system. The program specifically focuses on cultivating leaders who promote learning, equity, justice and achievement for all students. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies seeks to prepare equity-focused leaders with the capacity to effectively facilitate and manage change.
The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies' Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) can be completed in as little as 10.5 months (2 semesters and Summer Session). The program aims to develop TK-12 educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively impact TK-12 educational settings. The program specifically focuses on cultivating leaders who promote learning, equity, justice and achievement for all students. With a PASC, graduates will hold the credential needed to obtain administrative positions within California TK-12 school systems. Past graduates of our program successfully serve in a broad variety of leadership roles within TK-12 educational settings (such as vice principal, principal, superintendent, director, instructional leader, California Department of Education leadership, etc.).
PASC Internship option: We also offer an administrative internship option (Note: we do not place students in administrative internships, this option is for those who have already obtained an administrative position).
TK-12 MA and PASC
Our Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) courses coincide with our Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; therefore both the Preliminary Administrative Service Credential (PASC) and the Master’s degree can be earned concurrently. You can complete your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) in as little as 10.5 months. The Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies can also be earned concurrently, with the addition of one semester.
Higher Education Leadership MA
As mentioned before, Sac State is one of only a few universities in the state of California that is a full member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). That membership speaks to the quality of the EDLP program and the caliber of its graduates. The Higher Education Leadership pathway of the EDLP graduate degree is focused on the professional preparation and ongoing development of leadership skills and knowledge among the current and ensuing generations of leaders in the field of higher education.
Graduates of the program have established themselves in a variety of positions and roles across the higher education industry. Among the accomplishments of our graduates have been:
- Community College Administrator
- Student Services Professionals
- University Management Professional
- Program or Project Director
- Athletics Department Director
… and so many more!
Students selecting the Higher Education Leadership pathway may:
- Transition to careers in higher education
- Become Unit Managers
- Develop expertise as Student Services Professionals
- Become a Program Coordinator/Project Director
- Be eligible for Community College entry-level management roles, or
- Assume mid-or entry-level student services management roles
Completion of the Higher Education Leadership pathway takes 4 semesters. The program is delivered in both hybrid and online only formats. Students receive the leadership and guidance e of experienced higher education leaders and the support of their colleagues in a cohorted program. All students engage in collaborative research to learn both how to conduct research in the field of education, and how to apply research findings to the development of effective policy and leadership practice in higher education settings.
Workforce Development Leadership MA
Workforce Development has emerged as a vibrant field in professional education and training. In educational settings, workforce development unites the activities of many units, blending academic, career and technical studies, and advising and counseling.
The Workforce Development Leadership (WDL) program aims to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds with the skills and dispositions to successfully organize and manage workforce development programming in a broad variety of educational and professional settings. The program focuses on cultivating leaders who promote learning, equity, social justice, opportunity and achievement for all students.
This program prepares leaders for an industry that is currently expanding rapidly as an important area of focus, in response to national attention to poverty and welfare reform alternatives.
In this program, students will learn to:
- Be visionary leaders and change agents
- Influence political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts and affect improvement of education policies and practices
- Lead for equity in institutions, organizations, and communities
- Apply ethical and collaborative leadership and research skills to emerging issues in an aspect of education that constantly evolving
Workforce Development Leadership is offered online only, with the capacity to accommodate the schedules and needs of busy working professionals and their families.
- Transition to career in workforce development industry
- Unit Manager
- Program Coordinator/Project Director
- Community College entry-level management
- Mid-or entry-level workforce development management