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California Lutheran University is launching an exciting new format for the master's degree program in educational leadership on the main campus and at our Santa Maria and Woodland Hills centers.

Through an accelerated one-year program, students can earn a master's degree in educational leadership and a preliminary administrative services credential while working full-time. Students will take classes on the main campus on weekends and online during four 11-week terms.

The CLU Graduate School of Education has established partnerships with Ventura County school districts to provide students with meaningful and practical field experience. Assignments will require students to identify and research solutions for actual challenges faced by districts. The program will focus on implementing creative solutions to the problems administrators encounter daily. Many of the program's professors are highly respected leaders in Southern California school districts and their mentorship and guidance in both coursework and field experiences will be an added value to this exciting new program opportunity. Additionally, moving through the program with a cohort, students will also benefit from developing relationships with fellow working professionals.

The program will prepare students to serve as assistant principals, principals, directors, assistant superintendents and superintendents as well as in leadership positions in teaching, higher education and nonprofit administration. A special focus on private school and charter school leadership will be embedded within the coursework of the program as well.

Thank you for considering the Integrated Master of Arts and Credential in Educational Leadership program at CLU. We have a superb program for aspiring leaders, a passion for education, and the desire to support you in your educational goals. Feel free to contact me by email with your questions. I look forward to welcoming you to the program at CLU's main campus in Thousand Oaks!

Robert Fraisse, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Educational Leadership Program
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Program Overview

Schools today need 21st-century leaders who are knowledgeable, reflective, and have the ability to work with a diverse array of constituents. They need administrative leaders who can promote the success of their students and ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

California Lutheran University offers the Preliminary Adminstrative Services Credential and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership through an accelerated format incorporating on-campus and online course work in four 11-week terms. Program entry begins durng the summer, with graduation in 12 months, just in time for the "hiring season."

Program Highlights

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Course work completed in 12 months
  • 60% in-class instruction and 40% online
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential completed in 21 units. Nine additional units fulfills requirements for a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree
  • Weekend format (two weekends per month, Friday evening and Saturday during the day)
  • Master's degree and credential programs offered in three locations: Thousand Oaks, Santa Maria, and Woodland Hills
  • Expert faculty of full-time professors and highly regarded practicing educational leaders

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Meeting Format

  • One year to complete program
  • Sixteen weekends in a calendar year
  • Friday evening 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cohort Classes

  • EDLD 502 Current Social, Cultural and Political Issues in Education
  • EDLD 504 Educational Leadership: School Law and Public Policy
  • EDLD 568 Educational Leadership: Organizational Leadership and Public Education
  • EDLD 570 Educational Leadership: Curriculum Leadership and Program Evaluation
  • EDLD 572 Educational Leadership: Managing Resources
  • EDLD 580 Educational Leadership: Organizational Transformation: Leading for Learning
  • EDLD 550 Educational Leadership: Focusing on Student Achievement
  • EDLD 510A Action Research for Practitioners - Advanced Studies
  • EDLD 591 Fieldwork


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Course Description

EDLD 502 Current Social, Cultural and Political Issues in Education: EDLD 502 is an in-depth systematic study of the social, cultural, and political issues and trends that affect educational leaders in today's American schools. This study is achieved through the completing of five student learning outcomes (SLOs).

 EDLD 504 Educational Leadership: School Law and Public Policy: Implications and trends of court decisions at the federal, state, and local levels as they affect the role of counselor, teacher, and administrator; their impact on district policy and finance, and on district and local programs and activities.  Also studied is the importance of policy development and implementation and its impact on K-12 education.

EDLD 568 Educational Leadership: Organizational Leadership and Public Education: An overview of organizational and leadership theories and their impact on K-12 schools.    The organizational patterns of education at the federal, state, and local levels, with emphasis on the interrelationships in the educational professional bureaucracy as they relate to the framework of decision making and the functions at the local level in meeting individual student needs.

EDLD 570 Educational Leadership: Curriculum Leadership and Program Evaluation: An overview of curriculum; theory, development, organization, evaluation, improvement and implementation; historical background and comparative educational patterns; the social, psychological, and philosophical roots. Candidates learn how to evaluate curricular and instructional programs for their effective use and implementation.  Candidates learn to apply, model, and analyze both formative and summative assessment strategies and demonstrate an understanding of standards-based accountability systems.

EDLD 572 Educational Leadership: Managing Resources: People, Policy, and Practice: The processes of managing human and fiscal resources with a focus on student achievement, including the selection and hiring of employees, supervision and evaluation techniques, fiscal resources, and grant writing.

EDLD 580 Educational Leadership: Organizational Transformation: Leading for Learning: A focus on school culture and its implications for student achievement. Candidates learn formative approaches to supervision practices that increase student achievement as well as how to evaluate instruction for school improvement.  Current practices such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are studied.

EDLD 550: Educational Leadership: Focusing on Student Achievement: An emphasis on using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession to guide instructional practice and the development of coaching and mentoring skills to promote student achievement.

EDLD 510A Action Research for Practitioners - Advanced Studies: Designed for students in programs in the Department of Advanced Studies. A systematic study and analysis of current research and methods of conducting research in educational settings. The objectives in this course focus on (A) knowledge base (B) techniques; and (C) applications of action research

EDLD 591 Fieldwork: This course provides opportunity for the candidate to work with a university supervisor on fieldwork activities specifically designed to enhance the candidate’s leadership ability.  All fieldwork assignments are tied to specific coursework each semester a candidate is enrolled in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.


Admission Requirements

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. $50 Application Fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts verifying bachelor's degree and any graduate work
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Recommendation Form
  7. Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores
  8. Copy of current teaching credential

Application Process

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Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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