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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, M.A.

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(Major Code: 08275) (SIMS Code: 331916)

Offered at SDSU San Diego, SDSU Global Campus, and SDSU Imperial Valley

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is intended for students pursuing administrative posts in PreK-12 educational organizations, including school, and district-level leaders. Students who intend to pursue administrative careers in California public schools, grades PreK-12, need to obtain the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and then the Clear Administrative Services Credential. Students may earn a degree without earning a California Preliminary Services Credential or in combination with the credential.

To apply for admission into the M.A. in Educational Leadership, a student must complete an application for admission to both the university and the Department of Educational Leadership. All applications should include two letters of recommendation from two supervisory administrators. Upon admission to the university and the program, all students will discuss the degree curriculum with the graduate adviser during the first semester of enrollment.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing and the credential requirements as applicable, the student must satisfy the basic requirements for the master’s degree described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy, as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .

The Comprehensive Examination

This written examination, designed to evaluate the achievement in the specific area of the student’s concentration, is required of all candidates for the master’s degree in educational leadership. A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination only  after advancement to candidacy.

The examination is offered near the midpoint of each semester. A reservation must be made at least one week in advance of the examination. For information on exact dates, and for a reservation, check with the coordinators of the respective programs.


Students are requested to consult with the appropriate master’s degree adviser prior to taking any coursework leading to the master’s degree.

Specific Requirements

A minimum of 30 units to include:

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