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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Administration, M.A.

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Program of Study

Program Overview: The Master of Arts in Educational Administration focuses on research, with a theory-to-practice model that meets the requirements for the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The program culminates in the candidate writing a research-based thesis and presenting a thesis defense.


*Courses for Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (24 units)


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Educational Administration will master the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the disposition standards for educational leadership (measured through EDAD 610 , EDAD 618A , EDAD 620  surveys).
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the California Administrator Performance Expectations (measured through the EDAD 620  digital portfolio).
  3. Develop and apply research skills to address practice within the candidate’s teaching or educational setting (measured through EDAD 618A , EDAD 618B  case study and action plan to improve school achievement).
  4. Analyze and integrate research (EDUC 622 , EDUC 698  thesis).

Admission Requirements

  1. A valid prerequisite credential. See
  2. Application for the Master of Arts in Educational Administration in the School of Education, and paid fee.
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s work in the field of education, preferably candidate supervisors.
  4. Statement of Purpose or reply to prompt on social justice describing the candidate’s interest in pursuing the degree.
  5. GPA according to the university admission policy.
  6. At least four (4) years of full-time classroom teaching or other qualifying experience as recognized in writing by the candidate’s employer’s human resource officer.
  7. Completion of the Graduate/Post-baccalaureate application to the University.

All materials will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s qualifications for admission; however, no one indicator shall determine acceptance of an applicant.

Completion Requirements

The following completion activities apply to all Master of Arts in Educational Administration students:

  1. Successful completion of the core courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Advancement to candidacy.
  3. Completion of a five-chapter research thesis and defense that investigates data surrounding school improvement and serving all students equitably.  This research is supported by a qualified faculty chair and committee member.
  4. Acceptance of up to nine (9) units of graduate-level coursework from another Educational Administration approved program may be transferred into the CSUSM program with faculty approval.
  5. Completion of the California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA) three cycles (non-consequentional year Fall 2018, effective Fall 2019).


All coursework will earn a letter grade except for the four field study classes (5 units) and the six research classes (6 units), which will be graded credit/no credit. A grade-point average of 3.0 must be maintained and any grade of less than a B- will be subject to review.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement - Graduate Level (GWARGL)

Students need to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement - Graduate Level  before advancing to candidacy. Please refer to the University catalog for more information regarding this requirement.

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