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Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (M.A.) Application Process

Learn how to apply to the Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (M.A.).

Important Dates for Fall 2022*

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
March 1, 2022
2. Program application March 1, 2022
3. Official Transcripts due April 1, 2022

*Please submit your Cal State Apply application prior to sending in official transcripts.

Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

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:  "Submit the Program Application.")

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Opens Oct 1

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

3. Submit the Program application

 Please gather the required items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

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.

Please collect names and email addresses so you are ready to request these letters in the Program application.

Please complete this in the Program application

Additional Required Documents - if seeking the Credential:
Hold a valid California Clear Credential.
If you do not have a copy of your original CBEST test results, you will need to request them from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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.

Program application

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application

  • Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF).