Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (M.A.) Program Application
*Please submit your Cal State Apply application prior to sending in official transcripts.
Steps to Apply
Follow the steps below to apply to the Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (M.A.):
- You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply.
- Next, request official transcripts.
- Then, apply to the Master's program only or Master's and Preliminary Administrative Services credential (combined).
1. Cal State Apply
Before you begin the Program Application (below), you must have completed the Cal State Apply application. (If you have already completed the Cal State Apply application, skip directly to the next step: "Apply to the Program.")
2. Request official transcripts
Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Test Scores and Transcripts page.
Submit the program application and required documents as directed below:
Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload:
Write a Statement of Leadership Philosophy, 1-2 pages, addressing your beliefs and values about leadership, curriculum and instruction, students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders.
Prepare a resumé or Curriculum Vitae to accompany your application, which will include your education and employment history as well as any academic honors, awards, scholarships, and publications.
Contact 2 individuals who you have interacted with academically and/or professionally and who would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. One of the recommenders must be an immediate supervisor. Recommenders will submit their recommendations directly into the Online Program application.
Additional Required Documents - if seeking the Credential:
A minimum of 5 years of successful, full-time experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status located in California or another state, or a combination of experience earned in California and another state. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, clinical or rehabilitative services, or a combination of teaching and school services. (Substitute teaching does not apply.)
Verification of experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience. (See an example: Verification of Experience Template.)
Note: To earn the credential, you must have a full 5 years of teaching experience at the time you finish the program.
Access the Online Program Application
- Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF).