Master of Arts in Educational Leadership


Program Description

Units: 45 quarter units (15 courses)
Program Length: 1.5 - 2 years; full-time/part-time
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration comprises the 36 units of coursework required for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (which is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) plus an additional 9 units of elective coursework. Candidates pursuing the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential may earn the Master of Arts degree by completing three additional elective courses chosen in collaboration with the academic advisor.

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration is also appropriate for individuals who earned their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential by examination and seek to strengthen their knowledge base, and for individuals who do not hold a teaching or pupil personnel credential but want to develop their knowledge of administration and leadership in educational settings in order to pursue careers in private schools or to prepare for doctoral study. This program addresses the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.


Course Title Units
EDUC 360 Organizational Leadership 3
EDUC 361 Instructional Leadership 3
EDUC 362 Organizational Behavior 3
EDUC 363 Organizational Governance and Law 3
EDUC 364 Leadership Field Lab 3
EDUC 365 Human Resource Development 3
EDUC 366 Community Leadership 3
EDUC 367 Contextual Field Lab 3
EDUC 368 Program Evaluation 3
Choose One
EDUC 369
EDUC 490
Action Research
Education Research Methods
Choose One
EDUC 370
EDUC 376
Community & Tech. Lab
Tech. to Enhance Leadership
EDUC 371 Program Interventions 3
EDUC 374 Organizational Culture 3
EDUC 428 Financial Management 3
EDUC XXX Elective 3
Total Units 45

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, applicants will need to complete the general and program specific requirements listed below.

  1. Complete and submit the Online Application Form
  2. Complete and submit Statement of Purpose.
  3. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee
  4. Submit a current resume or CV
  5. Two copies of official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken)
  6. Letters of recommendation. All programs require 2 letters of recommendation, except the MA in Counseling and MA in Counseling Psychology programs which require 3 letters of recommendation

Note: GRE or GMAT scores are not required for admission.

We do not require a recommendation form. Letters must address academic and/or professional qualifications, not just the personal character and may not be from family or friends. Recommendation letters can be emailed directly to or mailed directly to our school at the address below by the recommender. The recommender can also mail the letters directly to the applicant, who can then send it to us by either email or mail directly to our school. Please note, if you choose this method, the recommendation letter must be sealed in an envelope and signed by the recommender across the flap.

You may submit these documents separately or together, either via email to; or by mail to our Admissions Office at:

School of Education and Counseling Psychology:

Guadalupe Hall
455 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0207

International Applicant Requirements

  1. English Proficiency Exam: TOEFL (score of 90 or above) or IELTS (score of 6.5 or above) are required for international students who completed their post-secondary education in a language other than English. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) were completed at institutions in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed.
  2. International Education Evaluation: Transcript evaluations are required by one of the approved NACES agencies. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program should have their transcripts evaluated by one of the agencies approved by the CTC. Please note, transcript evaluations must include the degree equivalency and U.S. GPA equivalency. We recommend the course-by-course evaluation report.
  3. Proof of Funds: United States visa regulations require proof that sufficient funds are available to finance your travel, living expenses, and program study. Please refer to the International Student Services website for an up-to-date estimate of the cost associated with a full year of academic study in the ECP.

After the receipt of the official acceptance letter, the student should contact the ECP Admissions office,, for the I-20 documentation to apply for an F-1 student visa. When this is completed it will be forwarded to the International Student Services Office.

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

Guided by strong dedication to academic excellence and service to society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University educates compassionate, competent, and ethical pr ... Read More

Guided by strong dedication to academic excellence and service to society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University educates compassionate, competent, and ethical professionals committed to meaningful and supportive engagement with diverse people, schools, and communities built on the foundation of our Core Values. Read less