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

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

Important Dates for Fall 2020*

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)

March 2, 2020

2. Program application

March 2, 2020

3. Transcripts & GRE scores due

April 1, 2020

*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 (Technology focus-online) (M.A.):

  • You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply.
    • complete Cal State Apply with the following selections:
      • Campus: San Diego State
      • Source: Extended Studies
      • Program: Education - Educational Leadership (preK-12) MA
  • Next, request official transcripts.
  • Then, submit the Program application for the Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (Technology focus-online) (M.A.).

1. Cal State Apply

Before you begin the Program Application (below), you must have completed the Cal State Apply application.  

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Apply Now

2. Request official transcripts

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

3. Apply to the Program

Submit the program application and required documents as directed below:

Required documents

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 both 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.

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).

Online MA Program (PK-12) FAQ

Application Questions

Prospective students complete a California State University application and submit a department/program application to the Educational Leadership Department. Full information and links to the university and program applications can be found on this page above.

View the dates at the top of this page.

You may apply before receiving your baccalaureate degree.  However, you must have had your baccalaureate degree conferred before beginning your graduate study.

 Letters of recommendation should come from professionals who are fully informed about your work, including areas where you have provided leadership.  Recommendations can be either professional (e.g., current employer) or academic (e.g., professor from previous degree).
GRE test scores are a necessary component of the California State University graduate application.  If you have already taken the GRE, you can submit a score report in lieu of sitting for the examination a second time.  If you already hold a Master’s degree from certain institutions, it is possible the GRE requirement can be waived. Please check with the Educational Leadership Department Coordinator for more information.   

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit evidence of English proficiency.  This is typically accomplished via the TOEFL test, but SDSU also accepts the IELTS and PTE or transcripts that indicate English as the primary language of instruction. Please review information provided by SDSU’s Graduate Division for additional details: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/international/graduate/apply/steps_to_apply

Applicants with international coursework are required to submit one official record of all academic coursework (transcripts) and proof of degree (diploma/degree certificate) both in the original-language, directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. An official English translation must accompany all academic records.  More information is available here: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/international/graduate/apply/steps_to_apply

What is the minimum GPA and GRE score?

The university-established minimum GPA is 2.85 for domestic applicants and 3.00 for international applicants. If you don't meet the GPA criteria, you may still be accepted but be on probational acceptance.


We have not established a minimum GRE score and do not keep a record of the average scores of admitted students.  The faculty reviews each application package as a whole, rather than just the numbers.

Financial Matters Questions

Cost is dependent on how many semesters you are enrolled.    The total program cost, which is paid incrementally across the four semesters, is approximately $17,940.00.
Once you have completed the application process, you can also submit an application for financial aid.  Information is available here: http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/financialaid/fafsa.aspx
Scholarships may be available, based on your unique qualifications.  The best place to review scholarship availability is via the university financial aid resources here: http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/financialaid/aidlink.aspx
The Ed.D. PK-12 program is largely comprised of, and therefore geared toward, working professionals.  We typically do not offer graduate assistantships in this program. 

Program Questions

This is a completely online program.  While each instructor sets their own meeting style, most of the work is completed asynchronously.  Some instructors hold online class meetings or online office hours a few times during their courses for purposes of real-time interaction.  We understand time zones and work schedules can make synchronous meetings difficult to schedule and do our best to provide the support each student needs, while remaining equitable in the support provided across students.
The Online MA is a cohorted program.  We accept between 12-30 students into the cohort each year.
The Online MA can be completed in four semesters.  Our typical course sequence begins in summer, and concludes at the close of the following summer semester.  The time to completion may be longer for students who enter the Online MA program via the Inclusive Leadership (IL) program.  Specific information for IL students is available below.
The Online MA program, in and of itself, does not lead to qualifying for the PASC.  For information about the PASC credential, please visit: https://ces.sdsu.edu/education/online-preliminary-administrative-services-credential
We suggest you complete this short survey to assess your readiness for online learning.  Note: Simply enter “000000000” in the “Red ID” field if you do not have an assigned SDSU ID. https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/pls/webapp/Survey.hybrid_learning.main
There will be a predetermined course sequence for each cohort.  Classes and schedules for each semester are established well in advance. Space in class is reserved for each student during registration; students are fully responsible for registering for all required classes. Necessary codes for enrolling in classes are typically sent out via email prior to registration times.
 

International students who are in the Inclusive Leadership (IL) program can apply their IL coursework toward the EDL Online Master’s degree.  


  • When to apply:  IL students should complete the admission process and have an admission start no later than the time they have completed the first three IL courses.  Up to three IL courses (up to nine units) completed prior to your SDSU admission can be applied towards your Master’s degree, but these nine units are the absolute maximum.  Thus, you will want to be admitted before taking your fourth IL course. Therefore timing of your application is important. Note that we admit only once a year.
  • Time to completion: Your course schedule and time to completion will vary and depend largely on your country and the date you begin the IL program.  We will establish an estimated timeline for each country- or region-based IL group, which is available upon request.
International student additional application requirements: Interested applicants should carefully review each of the application requirements—including the additional admission materials required of international applicants.  If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, especially in areas where English was not the language of instruction, requirements may include submitting evidence of English proficiency and translated transcripts from the awarding institution.  Producing this necessary documentation can take time and must be received by SDSU as indicated on the admission timeline (see Important Dates at the top of this pagePlease begin this process as early as possible.  Please review the requirements, and discuss your situation, as necessary, with the Program Director or Coordinator, or with SDSU’s Graduate Admissions Staff.  The requirements are available at the following link: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/international/graduate/apply