CCOE: Educational Administration Programs

California State LA offers two kinds of Educational Administration Programs: Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Tier 1: Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program

Tier 2: Clear Administrative Services Credential Program

All of the Educational Administration Programs at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) are accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Accreditation (COA).

Tier 1: Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program

This program is designed for aspiring administrators who have successful years of teaching experiences.  The central focus of the program is to equip the candidates with skills and knowledge required to become effective instructional leaders for preK-12 schools. Grounded in research, candidates have multiple opportunities to link theory and practice throughout the program.

One of the special features of the program is the intertwined curriculum for both degrees and service credentials. Upon successful completion of the one-year program and final assessment, candidates receive Master of Arts degrees in Educational Ad- ministration and California Preliminary Administrative Services (Tier-1) Credentials.

The Tier-1 credential licenses candidates for all administrative and supervisory services, pre-kinder- garten through grade 12 in California public schools. This credential is valid for 5 years.

Accepted candidates are placed in a cohort that meets two evenings (4:20-7:55 p.m.) a week for one year and final assessment meetings in the last quarter. Candidates experience comradeship and life-long networking relationships with cohort peers and instructors.

The Educational Leadership Program also guides and coaches all candidates to become technology- experts through digital portfolios.

Admission to the Program: Eligibility Criteria

  • A valid California Professional Clear Teaching Credential or equivalent.
  • A minimum of two years of successful teaching experiences with the Professional Clear Teaching Credential or equivalent.
  • Positive recommendations from two people, including one from a practicing administrator.
  • Demonstrated Leadership Potential, verified by an administrator.
  • Passed CBEST
  • Passed Writing Proficiency Exam or equivalent verification of writing proficiency, such as a CBEST writing score of 41 or better.

A Sample of Course Schedule

Quarter 1

  • EDAD 501A (4 units)    Introduction to Educational Administration
  • EDAD 501B (2 units)    Laboratory for Educational Administration Digital Portfolios
  • EDAD 561AB (6 units)  Educational Leadership & Fieldwork

Quarter 2

  • EDAD 562AB (6 units)  Research/Data Assessment & Fieldwork
  • EDAD 565AB (6 units)  Instructional Leadership & Fieldwork

Quarter 3

  • EDAD 563AB (6 units)  Pluralism, Collaboration, and Social Justice & Fieldwork
  • EDAD 564AB (6 units)  School Law & Fieldwork

Quarter 4

  • EDAD 566AB (6 units)  School Management & Fieldwork
  • EDAD 567AB (6 units)  School Finance & Fieldwork

Final Assessment

  • EDAD 581 (3 units)      Clinical Internship
  • EDAD 590  (3 units)    Reflection and Digital Portfolio Assessment

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Tier 2: Clear Administrative Services Credential Program

The Program is designed for new administrators to meet the performance standards of the California Clear Administrative Services Credential. The credential licenses holders to perform all administrative and supervisory services in grades prekindergarten-12 in California public or private schools.

The Clear Administrative Services Credential is valid for a period of five years, and renewable by submitting the normal application and fee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Admission to the Program: Eligibility Requirements

  • A Master's Degree
  • A Valid Preliminary (Tier 1) Administrative Services Credential
  • A Valid Basic Credential used to obtain the Tier 1 Administrative Services Credential
  • Two (2) Positive Recommendation Letters, one including from the Mentor Verification of Employment as an Administrator
  • Passing score on UNIV 400, the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) or an acceptable alternative by petition.
  • Passing score on California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

Minimum Credential Requirements (16 Units)

The following requirements are subject to change without notice. Students should consult the Division for current requirements. Minimal requirements for issuance of the Clear Administrative Services Credential include:

  • A Master's Degree
  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • A Valid Preliminary (Tier 1) Administrative Services Credential
  • A Valid Basic Credential used to obtain the Tier 1 Administrative Services Credential
  • Two (2) Positive Recommendation Letters, one including from the Mentor Two (2) years of successful full-time experience as an administrator with Tier 1 Administrative Services Credential
  • Passing score on UNIV 400, the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) or an acceptable alternative by petition.
  • Passing score on California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 16 units, including required courses

Required Courses (12 UNITS)

  • EDAD 596A Reflection and Self-Assessment of Professional Educational Leadership (6)
  • EDAD 596B Professional Portfolio Assessment (6)

Elective Courses (4-36 UNITS)

Each candidate takes one or more electives based on the induction plan developed with the advisor and the mentor.

  • EDAD 598 Graduate Directed Study (4)
  • EDAD 552 Seminar: Instructional and Organizational Change in Socio-Culturally Diverse Schools (6)
  • EDAD 545 Seminar: Technology for Instructional and Organizational Change (3)
  • EDAD 533 Legal Research in EDAD (3)
  • EDAD 539 Leadership through Personnel and Contract Administration (3)
  • EDAD 543 Advanced Fiscal Management (3)
  • EDAD 582 Practicum (3)

Other electives, including 120 hours of administrative non-university activities, may be selected with the approval of adviser.

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