Jan 27, 2021  
University Catalog 2017-2018 
University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Administration, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration offers an Option in Educational Leadership.

Admission to the Program

In addition to general university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants to a master’s degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally’ accredited institution of higher education.
  • Positive review of application materials and assignment of permanent advisor.
  • A valid California professional teaching credential or any equivalent credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • A 2.75 grade point average in the last  60-semester units attempted.
  • Two years of successful teaching or service experience in K-12 schools with a California Professional Teaching Credential or any equivalent credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Successful completion of the writing proficiency examination (WPE) or equivalent approved by the university.
  • Two (2) positive recommendation letters, including one from a practicing school administrator.
  • Meeting of admission standards developed by the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education (refer to the current EDAD student handbook).
  • Orientation/screening interviews with program faculty.
  • A program of study approved by the advisor and division chair.

Requirements for the Degree (36-38 units)

A minimum of  36 units is required, including at least 36 units in  5000-level courses and an acceptable digital portfolio presented through EDAD 5290  and Comprehensive Exam, or a thesis or project. There is a limit on credit that may be earned in variable-unit courses. See Restrictions on Credit Earned in Variable Unit Courses in the Charter College of Education .

Residency Requirement-at least 22 semester units for the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration program must be completed in residence at Cal State LA.

Educational Leadership Option (10 units)


* To be taken during the last semester of the program.

Students should expect to take the Comprehensive Examination (EDFN 5960) the semester after they complete all coursework on their program and must comply with college and division requirements.

** Students who do a thesis are required to obtain advisor approval.

*** May be repeated once for credit.