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MA in Educational Leadership

This program prepares students for leadership positions in a wide range of public and private educational institutions, including early childhood programs, K–12 schools, community colleges, and higher education institutions, as well as afterschool and nontraditional educational settings. It emphasizes topics such as school-community relations, race and ethnicity, organizational development, and ethical and moral concerns. In addition, the program prepares students to take leadership roles in policy and advocacy settings.

Distinctive Features

  • Individualized content: Students consult closely with their advisors to develop a program of study in line with their professional interests.

  • Reflective leadership: A coherent vision of leadership begins with reflection about the students' own beliefs, attitudes, and prejudices, and the role that these play in their decisions. By working with a culturally and ethnically diverse group engaged in the same process, we create a collaboratively shared mission or vision of how things could be.

  • Evening courses: Classes meet on weekday evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Course Work

Students in our program select from an array of courses, all of which are grounded in a coherent vision of educational leadership. Individual course work reflects a student's particular interests and culminates with the creation of a professional portfolio capstone project. Students enrolled in the MA in Educational Leadership Program may concurrently pursue an administrative services credential. See the Requirements page for a list of courses required for this program; see the Course Descriptions page for paragraph-length descriptions of individual courses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program attain positions in many kinds of educational settings in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Many are K–12 school administrators, but others serve as community college program directors, nonprofit organization managers, heads of independent schools, directors of diversity programs, directors of admissions, and directors of museum education.


Last Updated: 8/16/17