PK-12 Educational Leadership
M.A. with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option
Learn about the EDL department's Master's degree in Educational Leadership PK-12 with an option to complete the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.
The M.A. in Educational Leadership Program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in PK-12 education. The M.A. in PK-12 Educational Leadership requires students to complete coursework required for the administrative credential plus 9 additional units related to research and the completion of an action research project which takes place of the traditional thesis paper required for most M.A. degree majors.
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option
The Credential option is available to students who apply for the MA/
Cohorts and coursework
Students are admitted in cohort groups (including both master and credential only students) each summer. Each cohort includes approximately 20-30 students, all of whom are working professionals in public or private schools or other educational settings. Coursework leading towards the preliminary administrative services credential is completed over 3 semesters (summer, fall, and spring). Master's degree students will complete 9 additional units spread out between 2 additional semesters (the summer between years 1 and 2, and the fall semester of the 2nd year).
Classes are held one evening each week, and in most cases are offered off-campus at educational facilities accessible via major freeways.
View the course sequence for the program.
The M.A./Credential Handbook includes details about degree requirements, student performance expectations, candidate appeal process, comprehensive oral examination, and more.