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Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership!

The Department of Educational Leadership prepares administrators who are dedicated to fostering equity and excellence in education through appreciation of diversity. Our graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience to promote social justice through engagement with diverse communities and to facilitate collaborative change.

Our department offers three programs aligned with the state of California two-tier credential structure in school administration.
• Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier 1)
• Administrative Intern Credential
• M.A. in Educational Administration (K-12)

Students completing the M.A. program are able to transition smoothly into the Ed.D in program.

Foundational to the program is recognition of public education as cornerstone of a democratic society. It focuses on building equity in diverse communities through teaching leaders to engage in inquiry and reflective practice, manage and lead change, and master administrative concepts and management strategies.
Through a 4-semester sequence of courses, graduates are prepared to create meaningful partnerships with school districts, families, professional organizations, cities, and local business communities. All courses are hybrid courses, providing the convenience and flexibility of online assignments and activities, and the value and mentoring that comes with face-to-face instruction and discussion. Students are placed within a cohort, meet at a regional location and create a network of colleagues that provides support and advice through the program and beyond. Four fieldwork courses provide opportunities for one-to-one mentoring from an experience fieldwork supervisor at the student’s worksite.

We are located in Sweeney Hall 219 and are one of six departments within the Connie L. Lurie College of Education.  For more information about applying, our program learning goals, and to learn about us, please see the links above.  If you have additional questions, please call the Department Office 408-924-3616 or email us at



 Spring 2017

University Deadline: November 1, 2016

Department Deadline: November 15, 2016



Ed.D. Leadership Program

New Cohort Begins Summer 2017

 Ed.D. Leadership Program Website 


STARS Scholarship Information