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.

Curriculum

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.

Required Credential Courses (24 units)

EDAD 5801 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (4 units)
EDAD 5802 - School Personnel and School Finance (4 units)
EDAD 5803 - The 21st Century Principal (4 units)
EDAD 5804 - School Law (4 units)
EDAD 5805 - Community Participation in Schools (4 units)
EDAD 5806 - Practicum I (2 units) Fall
EDAD 5807 - Practicum II (2 units) Spring

Graduate Core Courses (9 units)

Option 1: Thesis
EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EDGS 5620 - Action Research: Mixed Methods Design for Practitioners (3)
EDGS 5990 - Thesis (3)

Option 2: Project
EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EDGS 5620 - 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 Coordinator of the School Administration Program.

2 The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the submission of a passing score from the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) or passing scores from the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Examination (CPACE) or passing scores as determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on the first attempt of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA).  A minimum passing scaled score for the SLLA is 173.  The minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Content subtest is 220, and the minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Performance subtest is also 220.  Passage of both the CPACE-Content and the CPACE-Performance subtests are required to pass the CPACE Examination.  The current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 1-Anaylzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity; the current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 2-Facilitating Communities of Practice; and the current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 3-Supporting Teacher Growth, were determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and are subject to change as determined by the Commission. Passage of all three CalAPA Cycles on the first try is required to earn the M.A. in School Administration. The CalAPA comprehensive examination option is retroactive for candidates who began the school administration program after July 1, 2018.  The candidate is responsible for registering for the examination and paying all required fees. The candidate shall provide the Advanced Studies Office with passage verification.  

Human Subjects Research (UIRB)

For students completing the MA degree via the Thesis or Project option.  Forms and information is available on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website.

Accreditation

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).