Education - Educational Leadership & Administration Option, M.A.



M.A. in Education Option: Educational Leadership and Administration

Program Description. The Department of Educational Leadership offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. The program prepares individuals interested in careers in higher education settings and agencies. The mission of the Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program is to develop ethical leaders whose practice relies on critical thinking and is informed by research and theory to work in colleges, universities, and other educational agencies as a means of advancing social justice and diversity.

HEAL attracts individuals interested in careers in colleges, universities, and other related educational settings. During a 30-unit, four-semester, program of study, HEAL students delve into a curriculum that examines policies, practices, theories, and current issues related to the post-secondary education pipeline. Students acquire valuable analytical skills while developing their philosophies in social justice and leadership. The HEAL curriculum and the relationships with faculty lead to learning experiences that offer students the essential knowledge and skills required for exemplary practice in a variety of roles in higher education and student affairs.

Admission Requirements. In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education Program section of this catalog, applicants to either of the Educational Leadership and Administration pathways must connect with an adviser (program coordinator or pathway facilitator).

Program Requirements.

1. Course requirements (27 units)
a. MAE Core: ERE 220* and ERE 288 (or CI 285) (6 units)
b. Educational Leadership and Administration Core: EAD 261 and 262 (6 units)
c. Pathway courses (15 units)
For individuals seeking careers in P-12 administrative positions: EAD 263, 269, 272, and 274
For individuals seeking careers in higher education or other administrative positions: EAD 266, 269, 273, 278T

2. Culminating experience (4 units)
a. Comprehensive exam (0 units) plus ERE 244 (4 units), or
b. EAD 298 (4 units), or
c. EAD 299 (4 units)
Total (31 units)


* ERE 153 or an approved equivalent is a prerequisite for ERE 220.

** Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of EAD 261.

Note: no more than 6 units of coursework taken for CR/NC only may be applied toward degree requirements.


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