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SDSU Global Campus is excited to offer a new online program that combines our Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (OPASC) program with a Master’s in Educational Leadership PK-12.

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About the Program

California needs qualified leaders who can transform their school communities.

Launching in fall 2022, SDSU Global Campus is offering a fully-online Master’s in Educational Leadership designed for aspiring PK-12 administrators. This innovative program combines the coursework of our Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program with an additional capstone course sequence required to earn your master’s degree.

Estimated CostTotal Estimated Cost
$19,810
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
16 Months
Course Format Course Format
Fully Online

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Designed in collaboration with experts from SDSU’s College of Education — ranked #1 out of the 23 campuses in the California State University system — this program can help you build a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for your students and your fellow educators.

Please note that our new combo program has a separate application from our standalone Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. You must select which program you’re joining before you apply, as you cannot switch programs once you’ve applied.

Is This Program Right for Me?

This Master’s in Educational Leadership program is designed for current education professionals who aspire to become quality-driven PK-12 administrators in the State of California. By attaining your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in conjunction with a master’s degree from San Diego State University, you’ll be prepared to provide the following services in a PK-12 school environment:

  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of instructional services at the school site level.
  • Evaluate certificated personnel employed at the school site level, with the exception of the site administrator.
  • Student and certificated personnel employee discipline services at the school site level.

To successfully join the program and start working towards your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, you’ll need to satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • A valid California clear or life teaching credential requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching, or
  • A valid California clear or life Designated Subjects Teaching Credential provided the holder also possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or
  • A valid clear or life California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Teacher Librarian Services Credential, Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential, or a School Nurse Services Credential, requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including field practice or the equivalent.

What Will I Learn?

Our master’s in educational administration program features the same coursework as our Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. These courses are closely tied to the latest California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs) and will prepare you to pass all three CalAPA (California Administrator Performance Assessment) cycles required for licensure as a school administrator in the State of California.

Your classes are 100% online and asynchronous. You can expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week on the learning platform and completing coursework. 

You’ll also participate in a series of job-embedded field experiences to help you practice leadership and learn what it takes to become an administrator and meet the challenges facing today’s school communities. Field experiences are required and are supervised by university instructors along with a local site mentor.

In addition to the credential-related coursework, our Master’s in Educational Leadership program features a 3-course capstone sequence in the form of an action research project. Action research is designed to place the researcher within the research context, rather than the more traditional role of being outside and looking in. It’s the most relevant form of inquiry when compared to the daily work of an educational leader.

The capstone sequence allows you to practice data-based decision-making as you learn how to use data to inform your leadership practices and make changes within a school-based system.

  • In EDL 690, you’ll explore advanced topics and existing research around a problem of practice within your sphere of influence.
  • Then, you’ll identify existing data and prospective opportunities for data collection in EDL 691.
  • Finally, in EDL 692, you’ll execute your action research plan, analyze the results, and compile the findings into actionable recommendations.

Student cohorts begin the program in the fall and spring semesters. Each cohort includes approximately 25–35 students, all of whom are working professionals in public or private schools or other educational settings. Your cohort is your learning community — you’ll work together to discuss the coursework, examine day-to-day work-related challenges, and provide encouragement when needed.

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Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary — Nationwide

Job Postings
Number of Jobs
2020
270,200

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+5-10%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Median
$65,150-$152,500


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020


Now more than ever, institutions across the state need strong leadership to guide our schools through unprecedented changes. To meet this demand, California needs highly-educated school administrators who can create growth, foster positive student outcomes, and build equitable learning environments for all members of our school communities.

The job outlook for school administrators is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 270,000 school administrators employed across the country in 2020.

In California, job openings for PK-12 administrators are projected to grow by 6% over the next decade, which translates to nearly 2,500 new positions for administrators across the state. Most job openings in California are seeking superintendents, school principals, assistant school principals, and individuals ready to serve in elementary and secondary school administrative roles.

Salary varies depending on prior experience and credentials, local demand, and other factors. In California, annual wages can range from $90,000 for the bottom 10% of earners to nearly $175,000 for top earners. While earning a master’s degree is not required to become an administrator, most administrators hold a graduate-level degree (44,000 undergraduate degree holders vs. 163,000 graduate degree holders).

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Why Should You Choose Us?

Expert Faculty​

Learn online from the same faculty and lecturers who teach on campus at San Diego State University. Through years of active teaching experience and leading research projects, our instructors know what works in the classroom.

Stellar Reputation​

San Diego State University was originally founded as a school for teachers in 1897. For 125 years, we’ve been preparing students for dynamic leadership roles in school systems across the globe. Today, SDSU’s College of Education is ranked #1 in the CSU system, and our online education master’s program is ranked #8 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

Accessible Learning

All courses are 100% online, self-paced, and can be completed in just 16 months, earn your license on your schedule and your master’s degree without sacrificing your impact in the classroom.

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To complete the Master’s in Educational Leadership/OPASC Combo program, you’ll need to complete all 12 courses for a total of 35 units.

Course Units
EDL 630 School Improvement Leadership 3
EDL 650 Professional Growth Leadership 3
EDL 680 Seminar: Evidence-Based Leadership 2
EDL 640 Community Leadership 3
EDL 600 Organizational and System Leadership 3
EDL 610 Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 655 Communication, Problem-Solving and Decision Making in PK-12 Systems 3
EDL 652 Instructional Improvement Leadership 3
EDL 660 Field Experience (Taken twice, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester; 3 units each) 6
EDL 690: Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (I) 2
EDL 691: Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (II) 2
EDL 692: Program Design, Appreciation, and Improvement 2

Only students admitted to this program may register for courses.

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Please note that our new combo program has a separate application from our standalone Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. You must select which program you’re joining before you apply, as you cannot switch programs once you’ve applied.

Out-of-State Applicants
While we welcome out-of-state students, SDSU Global Campus currently cannot accept applications from students residing in certain states. Please check back often, as this list of approved states does change. View the list of authorized states here.

Admission Requirements

To successfully apply for the M.A. in Educational Leadership/OPASC Combo program, you should be currently employed in a PK-12 setting. You should also ensure that you satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • A valid California clear or life teaching credential requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching 
    or
  • A valid California clear or life Designated Subjects Teaching Credential provided the holder also possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university 
    or
  • A valid clear or life California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Teacher Librarian Services Credential, Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential, or a School Nurse Services Credential, requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including field practice or the equivalent.

You should also have:

  • Verification of passing CBEST scores or a basic skills test.
  • 5 years of work experience in your credentialed field by the time of program completion (must be currently working). Your work experience should be in a PK-12 setting within the United States. You’ll need access to a PK-12 school site while in the program to complete the program successfully.
  • Recommendation from your site supervisor to be submitted through program application.

We understand that every student's academic journey is unique, and we encourage you to contact one of our Student Service Representatives to find out what you'll need to successfully apply to the program.

Application Instructions

To apply for the M.A. in Educational Leadership/OPASC Combo program, you should:

  1. Submit an application to the University through Cal State Apply. Please select “Education - Educational Leadership (PreK-12) (MA) with Administrative Services (Preliminary) Credent.”
  2. Create your SDSU WebPortal Account after receiving your RedID number to track your progress.
  3. Submit a Program Application to SDSU’s College of Education.
  4. Submit Official Documents to SDSU Graduate Admissions, which include:
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
      • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU. We have access to this information.

      • Students with international coursework should submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they should be accompanied by a certified English translation.

      • If you’re having transcripts sent electronically via email, have the granting institution send them to TranscriptsForSDSU@sdsu.edu. We accept electronic transcripts in either PDF or EDI format. We will not accept transcripts emailed from students.
        If you’re having transcripts sent via mail, official documents should be mailed in sealed envelopes to:

        Graduate Admissions
        San Diego State University
        5500 Campanile Drive
        San Diego, CA 92182-7416

      • The deadline to submit transcripts will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status.

Please visit SDSU WebPortal to check the status of your transcripts and test scores.

Click here for more information on submitting your transcripts.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for financial aid. To begin the financial aid process, visit SDSU’s Financial Aid webpage. There, you'll be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process, please call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on weekdays from 10 am–3 pm at 619-594-6323.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible.

Program Cost

  Unit Cost Program Unit Range* Cost
Tuition $505 35 $17,675
Fees
Associated Students $19 35 $665
Technology $21 35 $735
Student Engagement $21 35 $735
Total Estimated Costs $566   $19,810

* Everyone is unique. Your admissions advisor will work with you to determine the right path that suits your needs.

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