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Department of Educational Leadership

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education Department of Educational Leadership, we prepare leaders to champion anti-racist and emancipatory approaches to leadership. We equip our graduates with the skills, knowledge, and experience to engage with and learn from the community cultural wealth of the diverse communities we serve.

Educational Leadership Announcements

MA Information Sessions

Our two new MA programs are hosting online info sessions, see below for dates and to register:

MA in Emancipatory School Leadership

  • Summer 2022 Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
  • Upcoming Info Sessions:
      • Weds, January 12th, 4-5pm
      • Thurs, January 20th, 4-5pm
      • Weds, January 26th, 4-5pm
      • Thurs, February 3rd, 4-5pm
      • Mon, February 7th, 4-5pm
      • Tues, February 15th, 4-5pm
      • Weds, February 23rd 4-5pm

RSVP to attend an upcoming info session

MA in Higher Education Leadership

  • Summer 2022 Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022
  • Upcoming Info Sessions:
      • Fri, January 28th, 12-1pm
      • Mon, January 31st, 4-5 pm
      • Weds, February 2nd, 12-1pm
      • Mon, February 7th, 5-6pm
      • Thurs, February 10th, 10-11am
      • Weds, February 16th, 12-1pm
      • Thurs, February 17th, 12-1pm
      • Weds, February 23rd, 9-10am
      • Thurs, February 24th, 12-1pm

RSVP to attend an upcoming info session

Department News

  • In the Fall of 2020, the Emancipatory School Leadership Program was selected as an Innovative Program by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Read more on page 10 of the UCEA Review publication [pdf].

Lurie College and SJSU Announcements

  • 2020-2021 Impact Report - As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead. Read about the impact of our students, faculty, programs, and more from the past year.
  • 2022 U.S. News and World Report Rankings - Lurie College moved up 33 spots in this year's rankings of Best Education Schools and is #2 among universities in the Cal State system, #4 among universities in the Bay Area, and #14 among universities in California.
  • SJSU Lurie College of Education Blog - Our college-wide blog contains more announcements, opportunities, and news for and about Educational Leadership students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Financial Aid Opportunities - Visit this page to learn about the numerous scholarship and grant opportunities available through the college. The application process for scholarships takes place each spring semester.

Student and Faculty Spotlights

Recent graduate Abby Almerido presented "Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time" as part of the SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy.

Maria Ledesma

Dr. Maria Ledesma was quoted in the article “Manufactured Boogeyman: Latino Critical Race Theory Pioneers, Advocates Push Back” by NBC News.

“To María Ledesma, associate professor at San Jose State University, critical race theory is about truth-telling, a way of looking at history in a comprehensive way.

Ledesma is not surprised by the theory’s current controversy. “It is a manufactured boogeyman on behalf of conservative politicians and pundits to distract attention from the global racial reckoning movement. By making critical race theory the boogeyman, we hear less about Black Lives Matter, less about police brutality, and less about the real actions needed to change our society.”

The biggest misconception about the theory is that it somehow teaches students of color to hate white people, Ledesma said. “Not true at all; critical race theory does not villainize one group over another.”

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