MA, Emancipatory Leadership

Emancipatory Leadership for Schools

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 May 15 to begin your 14-month transformation starting Summer 2020.  New admits will each receive a $3500 scholarship!


Program Structure

This new Master’s Degree is targeted to begin in Summer 2020 and 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
  • Part-time, 30 units
  • 14-month program (summer, fall, spring, summer)
  • Hybrid model with courses taught in-person and online
  • Students will be admitted as a cohort to enhance their success through collaborative problem posing approaches to leadership development.

Admission Requirements

  1. CSU Apply online application
    • Program name: Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership, MA
  2. Emancipatory School Leadership Application Form [pdf]
  3. Current résumé
  4. A transcript reflecting the completion (or near completion) of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
  5. 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. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  6. A recommendation form from a school leader.
  7. 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.
  8. A recommendation form from a colleague that speaks to your collaboration with family and school communities.
  9. Verification of a minimum of three years successful, full-time experience in public, non-public, or private schools under a credential.
  10. Next step: 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

Take the Next Steps

  1. Contact Rebeca Burciaga, Associate Professor 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 May 15
    • Program name | Educational Leadership, Concentration in Emancipatory School Leadership, MA
  3. Complete the Emancipatory School Leadership Application Form [pdf]