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Department of Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership

M.A. EDL PK-12/Admin. Credential
Department of Educational Leadership
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On this page: Learn about the EDL department's Master's degree in Educational Leadership PK-12 with an option to complete the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Program Overview

Master of Arts in PK-12 Educational Leadership

The M.A. in Educational Leadership Program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in PK-12 education. The M.A. in PK-12 Educational Leadership requires students to complete coursework required for the administrative credential plus 9 additional units related to research and the completion of an action research project which takes place of the traditional thesis paper required for most M.A. degree majors.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option

The Credential option is available to students who apply for the MA/Credential program and meet admission requirements for the preliminary administrative services credential.

Course sequence

Application process

Cohorts and coursework

Students are admitted in cohort groups (including both master and credential only students) each summer. Each cohort includes approximately 20-30 students, all of whom are working professionals in public or private schools or other educational settings. Coursework leading towards the preliminary administrative services credential is completed over 3 semesters (summer, fall, and spring). Master's degree students will complete 9 additional units spread out between 2 additional semesters (the summer between years 1 and 2, and the fall semester of the 2nd year).

Class meetings

Classes are held one evening each week, and in most cases are offered off-campus at educational facilities accessible via major freeways.

M.A./Credential Handbook

The M.A./Credential Handbook (PDF) includes details about degree requirements, student performance expectations, candidate appeal process, comprehensive oral examination, and more.

Program Contact Information

Rachael Stewart


 Rachael Stewart

Program Administrative Assistant 619-594-1338


Educational Leadership Department 

NE 166A

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182 

Department of Educational Leadership | 619-594-4063