MA in Education (Workforce Development Advocacy)

Total units required for MA: 30

Program Description

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies aims to develop TK-12, higher education, and workforce development leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively impact all educational settings. The program specifically focuses on cultivating leaders who promote learning, 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

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application
  2. GPA in the last 60 units of 2.5 or better
  3. Completion, and successful review, of University and program application materials for admission.
  4. Successful interview with faculty, demonstrating:
  • Preparation for graduate level study
  • Leadership experience
  • Familiarity with current issues in education
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of education as a professional field
  • Entry level understanding of ethical leadership
  • Knowledge of workforce development as a profession
  • Vision for education

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 230. 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; and
  • completed a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline with a "B" or better, within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento.

Advancement to candidacy forms are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website or the GPSE 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 GPSE Graduate Coordinator for approval and then submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (15 Units)
EDLP 200Diversity and Equity in Educational Leadership3
EDLP 201Foundations of Educational Leadership3
EDLP 202School Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership,Education Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership3
EDLP 209Organizational Systems and Human Resources3
EDLP 250Education Research 3
Concentration Requirements (9 Units)
Select one of the following concentrations:9
TK-12 Leadership
Higher Education Leadership
Workforce Development Leadership
Culminating Requirement (6 Units) 1
EDLP 230Master of Arts Thesis/Project Seminar3
EDLP 500AMaster of Arts Thesis/Project3
Total Units30

Concentration in Workplace Development Leadership (9 units)

EDLP 223Workforce Development Resource Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation3
EDLP 226Workforce Development Professional Competencies3
EDLP 229Adult Education and Learning3