The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership prepares students’ leadership skills related to relationship building, and communication with individuals and groups. The program focuses on developing the ability to implement, assess and evaluate curriculum/programs, instructional strategies, and standards-based accountability systems. The program also develops each student’s understanding of basic administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy. There are two emphases – P-12 and Higher Education – created for specific populations of professionals seeking to apply their graduate learning towards their career goals.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
1. Application– Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education.
2. Transcripts– One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for acceptance into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may qualify by taking the GRE and achieving minimum threshold scores.
3. Letters of Recommendation– Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work, at least one of whom is the candidate’s current school administrator/supervisor.
4. Writing Sample– A written statement of purpose (500-600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to obtain a Master’s in Educational Leadership specific to their emphasis. This essay will include reflection on personal and professional goals, and the ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.
5. Interview– Upon review of your application materials, individuals may be invited for an interview with the Educational Leadership Admissions Committee.
Program Maintenance Requirements
As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term as part of the Professional Development/Fieldwork courses (EDPL 631 & 632)
Advancement to Candidacy
Advancement to Candidacy represents the formulation of an official program of study for a master’s degree in the School of Education. It establishes your catalog rights and forms the basis of your degree audit when you are ready to graduate. At least one semester prior to graduation, you must advance to candidacy, which is when you receive approval of your program of study from your Graduate Advisor. You must be enrolled when you advance to candidacy. Advancement to Candidacy is a prerequisite for enrolling in the culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive examination). Students are eligible to advance to candidacy and must meet the following requirements before submitting the Advancement to Candidacy Worksheet:
1. Complete six units of program requirements, program prerequisites (if applicable), and any other program requirements for advancement to candidacy.
2. Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and program grade point average.
3. Resolve incomplete grades, if applicable.