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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, M.S.

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Educational Leadership (M.S.) 45 units

Program Description

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare bold, socially responsible leaders who will transform the world of schooling. Our central role is to help build the leadership capacity needed to create vital, democratic, professional learning communities for equitable learning and teaching.

The department offers graduate study leading to Doctor in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (Ed. D.), the Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership (MS) as well as programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing leading to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I), Professional Administrative Services Credential (Tier II), and Internship Credential in Administrative Services (Education Code 44225 et al.). Students seeking the degree and any of the Administrative Services Credentials must meet the general university requirements as well as the departmental requirements listed below. Additional advising and information are available through the department and on the College of Education and Allied Studies website at: The delivery format of all these programs include online for students residing away from CSUEB areas of service, and a combination of online and regular face to face classes for the program serving our direct area of service. Entry to the regular program is currently fall quarter, winter quarter for the online program, and summer quarter for the Ed.D.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions aligned with professional standards to implement universal design and research-based programs to achieve equitable learning outcomes;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to create environments, systems, and practices in which all individuals are treated with respect, dignity, trust, and fairness;
  3. Work collaboratively with students, parents, and professional colleagues to achieve equitable learning outcomes and equitable environments;
  4. Know and demonstrate the content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and skills, and pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills, as defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing [CTC] Standards for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the credential and master’s programs, and the doctoral degree, enables graduates to obtain an administrative credential that allows them to assume administrative positions at all levels of the K-12 public educational system. Various positions include those in school sites administration (e.g., principal, vice principal), and district level administration (curriculum coordinator, staff development coordinator, special programs coordinator, personnel director, assistant superintendent, superintendent, etc.). In addition, graduates also obtain many positions at the county and state level offices.


The department has eight full-time professors and instructors with earned doctorates who have had extensive experience in administrative positions at various levels in the public schools before joining the faculty. Their previous positions include leadership coaching, principal, viceprincipal, district curriculum coordinator, staff development coordinator, county training center director, personnel director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Several have extensive experience in large scale school reform efforts and educational research. The faculty draws its strength from their diversity of experiences, professional and research interests, expertise, gender, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. They are actively engaged with schools in the Bay Area, serving as consultants (nationally and internationally) and coaches in many facets of schooling. They are recognized as leaders in numerous regional, statewide, and national networks and professional organizations. The faculty is complemented by a select group of lecturers who are respected practicing administrators in Bay Area school districts and county education offices.

Special Features

Cohort Groups: In the fall quarter, all students are admitted into class groups, called cohorts, whose members take at least three courses and fieldwork together as a group during fall-winter-spring. Preliminary Administrative Credential Candidates (including interns) take three additional required courses on an individual basis. The three-quarter cohort time frame permits examination of issues as recurring themes.

School District Collaboration: Some cohort programs are unique in that they involve school districts in identifying educational leadership candidates.

The Internship Program: The department offers a way to acquire an Internship Administrative Services Credential: the Individual Internship Option. This program allows candidates to serve in an administrative capacity while completing credential requirements and are open only to students who are recommended by their districts and who hold either a full or a part-time administrative position. Students in the Individual Internship Option can participate in any cohort, but must register for internship fieldwork and attend an internship seminar once a month. The common bond of participants is the commitment to improving achievement of all students and to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and reflects the diversity of American society.


A candidate must be admitted to the university, consistent with requirements and procedures explained in this catalog. Interested candidates apply for admission to the department and to the university at the same time. Candidates should directly contact the department office, 510-885-4145, or go to the department website, in early January for fall quarter entrance. Candidates are admitted to the masters degree program, and have the option of completing the requirements for the Administrative Services Tier I (Preliminary) Credential by the end of their first year of enrollment. Applications for admission to the department are online at the departmental website. All admissions materials should be sent to the CSUEB Credential Student Service Center (CSSC), AE 235, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542.

Additional requirements for admission to the M.S. in Educational Leadership and/or the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA or equivalent on all post-baccalaureate work
  • Successful passage of the University Writing Skills Requirement, e.g., CBEST
  • A current, valid basic teaching credential or services credential (Pupil Personnel Services, Adult Education, Librarianship, Health Services School Nurse, or Clinical Rehabilitative Services)
  • A minimum of three years full-time teaching or service experience as documented by district verification (form available on department website)
  • Internship candidates must verify administrative position (form available on department website)
  • A current resume showing evidence of leadership experience
  • Three recommendations (form available on department website)
  • A one-page statement of professional goals
  • University application, including two sets of transcripts
  • All credential candidates must apply for “Classified Graduate” status. Credential only students must also successfully meet the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.

Requirements for the Professional Administrative Services Credential Program include:

  • Current Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
  • Verification of position as a school administrator (form available on the department website)
  • A current resume showing evidence of leadership experience
  • For “Classified Graduate” status and Advancement to Candidacy, M.S. students must have successfully met the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.)

M.S. Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of approved work, at least 32 of which must be in residence, and all completed within a five-year period.
  2. A 3.0 GPA or better in all 45 quarter units offered as satisfying the requirements of the degree program.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the University Writing Skills Requirement (required for “Classified Graduate” standing).
  4. Satisfactory completion of EDLD 6908 - Graduate Synthesis in Educational Leadership which includes a comprehensive examination.

Curricular Requirements

The established pattern of required and approved courses is designed to meet both the preliminary credential and degree requirements. Students already holding credentials from other institutions take the degree and/or program requirements listed below and any additional courses required by department advisor to meet current MS degree and credential mandates.

Course Descriptions

Use this link to see all Course Descriptions  available throughout this catalog.

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.

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