San Diego State University's (SDSU) Department of Educational Leadership invites educators to apply to SDSU's fully-online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. This program is designed for teachers and school administrators aspiring to be leaders at the PK-12 classroom, school, or district level; and for those who wish to lead the revolution in training students to use technology in tandem with critical thinking.
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  • San Diego State University Ranks Among the Top Master's in Education Degree Programs on Intelligent for 2020.
  • SDSU ranked #4 best college for Educational Leadership by Guide to Online Schools.
  • SDSU EDL Online program is ranked first in California (US News & World Report Ranking 2017) and 10th in the nation (Best Colleges).
  • SDSU is listed No. 60 out of the top 464 public universities in the U.S.
  • Professors in our program are world-renowned for their work in leadership and instruction.

For more information please contact (619) 594-0845 or

Applications open October 1 for Summer 2020 start.

To accommodate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've temporarily extended or relaxed some of the application requirements for our graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. We want to ensure that all students can apply for our programs, even if they are currently unable to schedule tests or report transcripts.

Please review the official policy change notice from the Division of Graduate Affairs to learn how these changes may affect your application process.

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Reimagining Educational Leadership Through Technology

Read the Experiences of Students from the Program

Michelle SnyderMichelle Snyder, a mother of three, says the program is a perfect fit for her. Not only is she able to take her classes online from home, she can also apply what she learns to her current position as an English teacher at an accredited high school that offers online and blended learning.

“I’m learning the same way my students learn,” she said. “It really has changed the way I teach. The class is a good balance of technology, pedagogy, and leadership.”

Ulises CisnerosUlises Cisneros ,second-grade Spanish-immersion teacher, noted, “It’s been an amazing experience getting to start from the beginning. ” 

"This program really makes us think big-picture,” Cisneros said. “We think far into the future, not just the near future. It helps us become better leaders in education.”


Emily Halbig, an educator from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville, Calif. said, "The program's biggest strength, for me, is its forward thinking. I was surprised at how much we talked about social issues and appreciate very much that the professors understood and encouraged us to think outside the box in terms of learning to support at-risk youth and struggling communities. I think within the SDSU MAEL program there is a general progressive mindset that education needs to change, dramatically, if we want society to change."



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2020 Summer
ED 0690 Methods of Inquiry
Procedures for gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information; reviewing the literature; designing studies. Section selection to be made with department graduate advisor.
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May 26 - July 17
Rebecca Frazee
ED 0795A Seminar: 795A
An intensive study in selected areas of education culminating in a written project. Limited to students following Plan B for the Master of Arts degree in education.
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ED 0795B Seminar: 795B
An intensive study in selected areas of education culminating in a written project. Limited to students following Plan B for the Master of Arts degree in Education.
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EDL 0600 Organizational and Systems Leadership
Educational administration and leadership as a profession. Related organizational concepts and management theories. Principles and competencies for leadership and administrative practice as each relates to the aspiring school administrator.
EDL 0610 Visionary Leadership
Concepts and techniques of leadership, analysis of factors and practice in procedures of individual and group leadership as applied to preK-12 educational environments.
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EDL 0630 School Improvement Leadership
Analyzing data to identify opportunities for school improvement. Appropriate and effective school improvement theories and strategies. Communication skills and leading others in improvement and monitoring of these efforts.
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2020 Summer
EDL 0650 Professional Learning and Growth Leadership
Model professional growth development. Principles of adult learning; identify and facilitate appropriate professional growth opportunities for staff. Collaboration with others to achieve mission of improving teaching and learning.
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June 22 - August 14
EDL 0655 Communication, Problem Solving, and Decision Making in PK12
Educational leadership principles and practices for communication, problem solving, and decision making in preK-12 schools and educational organizations.
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EDL 0680 Seminar in PK-12 Educational Administration: Seminar for Personalized Learning and Leading Through Technology
Educational administration in preK-12 schools and school districts. Field experience when appropriate.
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2020 Summer
EDL 0680.01 Seminar: Tech Architecture
Educational administration in PreK-12 schools and school districts. Field experience when appropriate. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
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July 6 - August 28
Dennis Danielson
EDL 0798 Special Study: EDL 798
Individual study. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree.
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