Admissions

Candidates for Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier 1), the Administrative Intern Credential, and the M.A. in Educational Administration (K-12) (with credential) must complete a two-step application process.

  1. They must apply to SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluaton (GAPE) online.
  2. They must apply directly to the department of Educational Leadership by mail.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning January, 2016.

University deadline: July 1, 2016 

Department deadline: July 15, 2016


Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE)(due July 1):

Candidates must complete an online application at www.csumentor.edu. Paper applications will not be processed. A non-refundable, $55.00 fee is charged.

1. When completing the online application, please choose from one of the two viable program options:

  • If you are seeking a credential only, select "Credential: Preliminary Administrative Services"
  • If you are seeking a credential and MA, select "Education, Concentration in ADM & Supervision"

2.  Official, sealed, transcripts covering the last 60 units of BA/BS and/or MA degrees and credentials must be obtained by the candidate, then mailed by the candidate to GAPE.  *No Professional development transcripts will not be accepted and transcripts must include narrative if work was completed at a non-graded institution.

Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations
Attn: Ed Leadership Evaluator
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0017


Educational Leadership Department Application (due July 15)

Candidates must submit on paper the following 4 components. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all missing documents are received by the Department of Educational Leadership office.  The complete application packet should be sent to:

Department of Educational Leadership
San José State University
One Washington Square, SH 219
San José, CA 95192-0072    

Application Requirements

  1. A Department of Educational Leadership application form.
  2. Original, signed letter of recommendation from the school principal addressing potential success as an educational leader and graduate student.
  3. A copy of your California Professional Clear Credential.  For the regular cohorts, a minimum of 3 years teaching experience before starting the program and with a California Credential, is required.  CBEST must be passed before applying to for the Tier 1 credential.
  4. A 3-page essay responding to one of the following prompts:

PROMPT 1

In the study and practice of education, educators often make critical decisions and assertions about issues in schools without considering all of the competing perspectives. Sometimes these educators fail to ask the difficult questions in order to thoroughly examine issues. What are the principles that inform your views on educational opportunity as it relates to social justice and equity? How do your experiences and life’s lessons inform these beliefs?

As you respond to this prompt, refer to the current educational issues in the United States and more specifically California. Be sure to address your leadership perspectives as they relate to the current issues through a social justice lens.

PROMPT 2

Strong educational leadership for tomorrow’s schools requires an understanding and application of three main concepts: Collaboration to develop and maintain student academic success; Clear development and maintenance of organizational systems; Unrelenting focus on social justice and equity. What are the principles that inform your views on educational opportunity as it relates to the above three concepts? How do your experiences and life’s lessons inform these beliefs?

 As you respond to this prompt, refer to the current educational issues in the United States and more specifically California. Be sure to address your leadership perspectives as they relate to these concepts.


 

Additional Instructions for Special Cohort Fall 2016: Critical Leadership for Advocacy and Social Change

The 2016-2018 Specialized Cohort: The Critical Leadership for Advocacy and Social Change Cohort is designed to prepare leaders to address educational inequities through practice, pedagogy, and policy analysis with schools, districts, and communities. 

To be considered for the Special Cohort, submit the following additional essay with your department application: Please describe how you envision critical leadership for advocacy and social change at your site as well as your role in enacting this change. Your answers will be used for admissions as well as refinement of our curriculum to best suit your needs (500 words or less).


 Additional CTC Requirements      

In order to qualify for the Preliminary Administration Credential at the completion of the program, you must have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience under a Clear Teaching Credential at time of admittance. Per CTC Standards, you must have a minimum total 5 years of teaching experience under a Clear Teaching Credential to be considered for the Preliminary Administration Credential. You will obtain 2 of these years while enrolled in the program