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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: M.A., Educational Administration


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers programs leading to degrees and/or credentials in the field of Educational Administration. Students may pursue programs leading to an M.A. degree in Educational Administration, Higher Education or K-12, as well as studies directed at achieving the Preliminary and Clear Administrative Services Credentials.

This program can be entered through one of the CSUN academic colleges or through the The Tseng College. The program offered through the Tseng College is entirely funded by student fees, offered in the cohort format and features evening and weekend course schedules.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators indicating potential for administrative leadership.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a semester system), or a passing score of 50th percentile or higher in one of the three areas of the GRE, or a raw score of 50 or better on the MAT or possession of a previous master’s degree.
  3. Passing score on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.

B. Special Requirements

  1. Must be classified by completing the above-referenced requirements for admission. Classification must be accomplished prior to completing 12 units of credit.
  2. Master’s students must take the comprehensive examination.

C. Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration

1. Required Core Courses (12 units)

ELPS 600 Research in Educational Leadership (3)
ELPS 650 Contemporary Administrative Leadership (3)
ELPS 663 Legal Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 688 Fieldwork in Educational Administration (3)

2. Required K-12 Courses (18 units)

ELPS 664 The Business and Financial Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 672 Management of Human Resources (3)
ELPS 675 Decision Making Simulation (3)
ELPS 676 School Community Relations (3)
ELPS 681 Organization and Administration of Elementary, Secondary and Special Education (3)
ELPS 682 Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3)

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

ELPS 697 Comprehensive Examination (3)

Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 33


Chair: Jody Dunlap
Education (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591

Graduate Coordinator: Ricardo Sosapavon
(818) 677-6851

Online Program
Graduate Coordinator: Richard Castallo

Staff: Jesse Knepper
(818) 677-4415

Staff: Hermine Tsaroukian
(818) 677-7707

Student Learning Outcomes

Each candidate:

  1. Is able to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Is able to promote the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  4. Promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Promotes the success of all students by modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
  6. Promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.