Admissions

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ADMISSION DEADLINES

 

Fall 2016

University deadline: July 1, 2016 

Department deadline: July 15, 2016

 

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Special Cohort for Fall 2016

Critical Leadership for Advocacy and Social Change

* Please see description and admission requirements below

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ADMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please note that there are 2 parts to the application process; both parts must be completed in order to be admitted into the program:
1) SJSU GAPE (University Application)
2) Educational Leadership (Department Application)

Part 1: SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) Requirements

1) Admission to SJSU GAPE: You are required to complete an on-line application at: www.csumentor.edu
(Paper applications will not be processed. A non-refundable, $55.00 fee is charged.)

csumentor page 1 notes:

Enrollment Information:

Please choose from one of the two viable program options:

Credential: Preliminary Administrative Services

(Credential only)

Education, Concentration in ADM & Supervision

(Credential & MA) 

2) You are also required to submit official transcripts for the last 60 units of your BA/BS and/or MA degrees and credentials. Each applicant should request and obtain his or her transcript(s), THEN mail the sealed official transcript(s) directly to:

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

*No Professional Development Transcripts will be accepted.* (Transcripts must also include narrative if work was completed at a non-graded institution.)

Part 2: Educational Leadership Department Application Process

1) All applicants must complete the Ed Leadership Application [pdf].

2) Each applicant must submit one original, signed letter of recommendation from his or her school principal. The letter should address the applicant's potential for success as an educational leader and as a graduate student.

3)  Each application must include a 3-page admission essay. Please see below for two essay prompts.  Choose one essay prompt for your admission essay.

 

A. 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 write 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.

 

B. 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 write 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.



4) Finally, each applicant needs to submit a copy of his or her California Professional Clear Credential. Please note – All prospective students must have at least 3 years of teaching experience with a California Credential before starting the program. Additionally, the CBEST must be passed prior to applying for the Tier 1 credential.

The above 4 items complete the required components of the department application packet. So, your department application must contain the following 4 items:

1) Ed Leadership Application
2) Letter of Recommendation from School Principal
3) 3-Page Admission Essay
4)  Copy of your California Professional Clear Credential

Applications that do not contain all 4 components listed above will not be processed until all missing documents are received by the Department of Educational Leadership office. When your department application is complete, please mail your application packet to:

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

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

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Special Cohort

Critical Leadership for Advocacy and Social Change

* Begins Fall 2016

Features of specialized cohort:

  • Topics of focus

○       Culturally relevant pedagogies;

○       School climate and eliminating deficit thinking;

○       Data informed leadership for equity and learning;

○       Federal, state, and district level policy and politics;

○       Leadership for populations including English Learners,     low-income, foster youth, and special education students.

  • Cohort-driven research projects
  • Critical approaches in pedagogy, policy analysis, and leadership in diverse educational contexts
  • Guest speaker series and review of cutting-edge scholarship on critical leadership embedded throughout all courses
  • SJSU (on campus cohort) hybrid model

 

Application Process:

  1. Complete an on-line application for SJSU Department of Educational Leadership at www.csumentor.edu
  2. Submit SJSU Department of Educational Leadership application (including essay and letters of recommendation)
  3. Answer the Specialized Cohort Application Question: submit with department application for consideration:  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. 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).

Students will be admitted to the specialized cohort based upon strength of statement and space in the cohort.