Master of Arts in Education

School Administration Concentration

This is a very exciting and challenging time in education. A critical need exists for effective school administrators who are qualified to lead a new generation of educators and are committed to quality education.

California State University, Stanislaus offers a nationally recognized program in professional graduate level study leading to the Master of Arts in Education (School Administration Concentration). In addition, the course work leads to a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, which allows a graduate to serve in any administrative capacity in education.

School Administration faculty members are committed to preparing wise, scholarly, compassionate, and ethical educational leaders. Each course offers not only practical and theoretical methods of school management, but also the highest ethical principles. Graduates are expected to serve as models of leadership in the schools of the future.

Faculty members are extremely proud of the accomplishments of past graduates and feel a special pride and satisfaction in the large number of these persons who are holding significant positions. Faculty members wish to continue this tradition by having candidates who possess the personal qualities and leadership potential to pursue graduate course work in school leadership at CSU Stanislaus.


Enrollment in the Masters of Arts in Education (School Administration Concentration) Program offers three options for completing the culminating scholarly activity: (1) thesis, (2) project, and (3) comprehensive examination. Specific course requirements are listed below. All EDGS courses are offered on the Turlock campus (667-3364) and at the Regional Center in Stockton (467-5300).

Required Credential Courses (24 units)

EDAD 5801 - Vision of Teaching and Learning: Improvement of Instruction and Student Achievement & Work Experience Project (5)

EDAD 5802 - Educational Leadership: Human and Economic Resources & Work Experience Project (5)

EDAD 5803 - Educational Leadership: Organizational Management, Personal Ethics & Work Experience Project (5)

EDAD 5804 - Educational Leadership: Legal Framework & School Governance (4)

EDAD 5805 - Diverse Learning Communities: Political, Cultural and Social Implications & Work Experience Project (5)

Graduate Core Courses (9 units)

Option 1: Thesis
EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EDGS 5600 - Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3)
EDGS 5610 - Introduction to Quantitative Research in Education (3)
EDGS 5990 - Thesis (3)

Option 2: Project
EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EDGS 5600 - Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3)
EDUC 5340 - Action Research: Mixed Methods Design for Practitioners (3)
EDGS 5960 - Project (3)

Option 3: Comprehensive Examination
EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research in Education (3 units)
Elective Coursework (6 units) 1
Comprehensive Examination 2

1 Candidates will enroll in elective courses approved by the College of Education Graduate Council. See the List of Courses (PDF) that Satisfy Requirements for Curriculum and Instruction MA Programs for course information and scheduling.

2 The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the submission of a passing score from the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) adopted by the California Commission of Teacher Credential (CTC). A minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Written component is 220, and the minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Video component is also 220.  Passage of both the CPACE-Written and the CPACE-Video components are required to pass the CPACE examination. Click on Exam Preparation for sample test questions and video procedures. Additional information regarding the examination may be found at the Pearson Education website, as well as CTC??s website,

Note: See Course Description for EDGS 7005 (Continuing Thesis or Project) and EDGS 7006 (Continuing Enrollment in Comprehensive Exam)

A detailed syllabus for each core course is available by clicking on the link below.


Both the MA and credential programs in school administration are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).