MA in Education (Educational Leadership)

Total units required for MA: 33

Program Description

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies aims to develop P-12 educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively impact P-12 educational settings. The program specifically focuses on cultivating leaders who promote leaders, equity, social justice and achievement for all students. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies seeks to prepare transformational leaders with the capacity to effectively facilitate and manage change.

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 and Policy Studies requires:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application;
  • GPA in the last 60 units of a 2.5 or better;
  • A minimum of 4 years teaching experience in a P-12 educational setting;
  • Completion, and successful review, of CSU Apply 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 (24 Units)
EDLP 200Diversity and Equity in Educational Leadership 13
EDLP 201Foundations of Educational Leadership 13
EDLP 202School Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership,Education Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership 33
EDLP 203Foundations of Educational Leadership,School Finance 23
EDLP 205 23
EDLP 209 33
EDLP 495AField Study in Educational Leadership3
EDLP 250Education Research 13
Culminating Requirement 56
Master of Arts Thesis/Project Seminar 4
Master of Arts Thesis/Project 4,6
Total Units30