MA in Education (Educational Leadership)

Total units required for MA: 33

Program Description

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, colleges and universities?

Education in California continues to face uncertainties; resources continue to dwindle while the task of educating today's generations for tomorrow grows ever more important and complex every day. The challenges have likely never been greater. Effective -- not just "good" -- leadership at all levels of education - public, private and higher education -- has probably never been more important.

The programs in Educational Leadership are designed to meet a variety of needs in the field. The programs are oriented toward an interdisciplinary approach to the study of school leadership, offering students opportunities to apply theory to the practice of educational leadership.

The mission of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively impact the improvement of educational institutions and environments - from pre-K through university and professional levels. These leaders will:

  • 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; and
  • 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.

A significant dimension of all of the programs in Educational Leadership is an interest in, and commitment to, the full development of student potential and capability. Coursework, advising, and field experiences are carefully orchestrated to ensure a full range of faculty support for student achievement. The student, as a responsible autonomous agent, is expected to assume the role of partner in this effort.

EDLP course offerings in all cohorts are hybrid, meaning that some portion of course instruction is delivered online, to maximize access and opportunity.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • two years of teaching experience or its functional equivalent;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing with a grade of C or better; and
  • an interview with a student/practicing administrator/faculty team; interviews will be scheduled at the close of the application period, (the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores are NOT required; however, these test scores may be included with the admission application).

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Admission Procedures

Prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, Riverfront Center 215, (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.

The graduate degree program is subject to general University and Departmental requirements. These requirements are explained in the Graduate Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog.

Specific Additional Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in P-12 School Leadership requires:

  • Completion, and successful review, of CSU Mentor and program Supplemental application
  • Successful interview with faculty, demonstrating
  • Preparation for graduate level study
  • Some leadership experience
  • Familiarity with current issues in education
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of P-12 education as a field
  • Entry level understanding of ethical leadership
  • Vision for P-12 education

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Specific Additional Admission Procedures

Each applicant must forward the following to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department in the College of Education:

  • the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies application for admission (available in Eureka Hall 437);
  • two letters of reference (forms attached to application packet); and
  • one set of transcripts, including Sacramento State (these need not be official).

Approximately two weeks after the deadline for submission of application materials to the Department, each applicant will be scheduled for an interview. Approximately two weeks after all applicants have been interviewed, a decision regarding admission will be mailed to each applicant.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the MA:  30

Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0.  Only units with a grade ''C'' or better may be counted.

Notes:

  • This graduate degree program is subject to general University and Departmental requirements. These requirements are explained in the ''Graduate Studies'' and the ''Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department'' sections of this catalog.
  • All work must be completed within a 7-year period
  • 30 units required for the MA, including at least 21 units in approved Educational Leadership courses. Up to six units, including extension credit, can be transferred from another university (if current and not used toward another degree); a minimum of 21 units must be taken in residence

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student working toward a Master's degree must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy for the degree; the application is a form on which the student indicates a proposed program of graduate study. The student must be advanced to candidacy the semester prior to enrolling in EDLP 500A. The procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • completed at least 12 units in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • obtained advisor's preliminary approval of thesis or project proposal; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

Advancement to candidacy forms are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website or the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department Office. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with his/her Educational Leadership faculty advisor. The completed form is returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

Program Requirements

Graduate Core Requirements (27 Units)
EDLP 200ADiversity and Equity in Educational Leadership3
EDLP 201AFoundations of Educational Leadership3
EDLP 202ALegal Basis of Education3
EDLP 203AFinancial Resources Planning and Allocation3
EDLP 205ACurriculum and Instructional Leadership in K-12 Schools3
EDLP 206ASupervision and Leadership3
EDLP 208ASchool Leadership/Management3
EDLP 209AHuman Resources and Supervision3
EDLP 250Education Research 3
Culminating Requirement 16
Option 1
Master of Arts Thesis/Project Seminar
Master of Arts Thesis/Project 2
Option 2
Master of Arts Thesis/Project 2
Master of Arts Thesis/Project 2
Total Units33
1

Thesis/Projects. Students must file a Master's Thesis/Project Petition in the Department office one semester in advance and must have advanced to candidacy the semester prior to enrolling in thesis/project. EDLP 500A and EDLP 230 can not be taken in the same semester unless approved by the student's advisor and Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair. EDLP 500A and EDLP 500B can not be taken in the same semester unless approved by the student's advisor and Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair. Students needing additional time may enroll in subsequent semesters in EDLP 299T with approval of their advisor and Department Chair.

2

In order to be assured that faculty thesis/project advisors will be available, students must file the thesis/project petition with proposal in the Department office in advance of the semester of enrollment in EDLP 500A, EDLP 500B or EDLP 299T.