About the Program

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Master of Arts (MA) in School Administration Program provides multiple opportunities for each candidate to learn, practice and reflect on the role of an instructional leader as defined by the California Administrator Performance and Content Expectations and inherent in these expectations is a strong commitment to cultural diversity and the use of technology as a powerful learning and management tool. Six program themes are integrated throughout the five-course content sequence and two-course performance sequence: (1) visionary leadership, (2) instructional leadership, (3) school improvement leadership, (4) professional learning and growth leadership, (5) organizational and systems leadership, and (6) community leadership. Most importantly, these themes are systematically aligned with the professional practices of today's school leaders. Program courses are embedded with numerous practical, relevant experiences that bring our candidates in contact with working professionals, mentors, and district leaders.

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The default course format for the School Administration program is in-person/face to face. Courses are offered at satellite locations throughout our service region: Merced, Turlock, Ceres, and Manteca (pending approval). We do offer an online pathway that uses the following priorities for enrollment:

  • Candidates who live/work outside of the Stanislaus State service region.
  • Candidates who live/work in San Joaquin County.
  • Candidates who have extenuating life circumstances (program coordinator discretion)
  • All remaining seats are enrolled on a first come, first serve basis.

Priority enrollment only applies for applicants that meet the CalState application deadline.

Students interested in enrolling in the online pathway should email the program coordinator, Dr. Anthony H. Johnson.

Admission into programs leading to licensure or credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure or credential requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) and successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Professional licensure notification from the Chancellor's Office.

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential at California State University, Stanislaus is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Updated: March 07, 2023