MA, Emancipatory School Leadership

The SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education’s Master's in Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership is designed for emerging K-12 school leaders who wish to engage with emancipatory leadership practices to improve educational opportunities for historically marginalized students. This program will prepare school leaders through deep engagement with research and practice through applied consulting on living case studies.

Emancipatory school leadership approaches create organizational cultures to reflect the diversity of experience and knowledge within school communities through collaborative approaches to deconstruct power systems, challenge inequitable practices and policies, and cultivate community cultural wealth.

Apply by April 1, 2021 to begin your 14-month transformation starting Summer 2021. The first 15 people who apply to this program and are admitted will receive a $3500 scholarship!

Program Overview

This new Master’s Degree is designed to work in partnership with county LEAP programs to build upon the skills LEAP graduates bring to school settings. The program contains the following features:

  • Official program name: Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership, MA
  • Format: Part-time, cohort, hybrid model with courses taught in-person and online
  • Units: 30 units
  • Start date: Summer
  • Program length: 14-month program (summer, fall, spring, summer)
  • Application deadline: April 1, 2021

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students will be able to:

  1. Build organizational cultures that reflect the diversity of experience and knowledge within school communities.

  2. Identify approaches to educational leadership that include the cultural wealth present in communities that schools serve. 

  3. Design professional development that challenges bias and inequity in school settings.

  4. Create culturally sustaining approaches to instructional leadership.

  5. Implement policies and practices that reflect emancipatory school leadership principles.

Admission Requirements

Step 1 | Complete the CSU Apply online application

Program name | Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership, MA

Official transcripts can be sent either by mail or by email. If your university offers official electronic transcripts, you can email them to Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
San Jose State University 
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017

Step 2 | Complete the Emancipatory School Leadership Application form [pdf]

Step 3 | Submit your previous experience

  • Current résumé and verification of a minimum of three years successful, full-time experience in public, non-public, or private schools under a credential.
  • A transcript reflecting the completion (or near completion) of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
  • One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program.

Step 4 | Submit 3 recommendations using the MESL Recommendation form

  • A recommendation form from a school leader.
  • A recommendation form from one of your faculty members in your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. If you took the test, please use this opportunity to request a recommendation form from a second school leader.
  • A recommendation form from a colleague that speaks to your collaboration with family and school communities.

Applicants whose files are complete will be invited to an interview to finalize the application process.

Course Units

This program consists of 30 units of coursework. Students who have completed the CalAPA will be able to transfer 12 units of coursework and will take the remaining 18 units at SJSU’s Lurie College of Education. Applicants who have not completed the CalAPA can take an additional 12 units in our Lurie College of Education or possibly transfer in graduate level coursework.

Course Descriptions

Upcoming Info Sessions

Steps to Apply

  1. Contact Rebeca Burciaga, Interim Chair in the Lurie College of Education Department of Educational Leadership, at to make her aware of your interest.
  2. Apply for the program via Cal State Apply by April 1, 2021
    • Program name | Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership, MA
  3. Complete the Emancipatory School Leadership Application form [pdf]
  4. Send this MESL Recommendation form to the school leader, faculty member, and colleague who are recommending you.