MA in Educational Leadership & Admin, PAS Credential

Through online learning and job-embedded clinical practice, this program prepares you to become a California elementary, middle, or high school leader at a school site or district level.

Unlock Your Leadership Potential

Are you ready to step into the role of a dynamic and influential school leader in California's education system? Our cutting-edge online MAELA degree program, coupled with a preliminary administrative services credential, is the gateway to your journey towards becoming a Vice Principal, Assistant Principal, or Principal at an elementary, middle, or high school.

We're here to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and credentials you need to oversee daily school activities, manage budgets, shape curriculum and instruction, foster staff development, work collaboratively with a school community, and positively impact student achievement. Our program's emphasis on fieldwork/clinical practice means you won't just learn in the classroom; you'll apply your knowledge in real educational settings, honing your leadership skills and building confidence.

Here's what you can expect from this unique, practitioner-based program:

  • Alignment with National and State Standards: Our program goes beyond local requirements – it aligns with national leadership standards. We follow the guidelines set by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Education Leaders Standards, and more. This alignment not only prepares you for the unique demands of California's educational landscape, but also positions you for leadership opportunities across the country.
  • Credentialing Opportunities: Upon successfully completing all program requirements and courses, you may be eligible to receive a Certificate of Eligibility or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Additionally, if you secure an employment opportunity in such a role while enrolled in our program, you may qualify for an Internship credential, fast-tracking your journey to leadership.
  • Mentorship and Support: At our university, we're committed to preparing the next generation of educational leaders who will drive positive change within schools and districts. As you embark on this journey, you'll be guided by experienced educators and professionals who are passionate about empowering the next generation of school leaders. They'll provide you with insights, mentorship, and support every step of the way.

Next Session

Summer I (Apr 29, 2024)

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Ways to Learn

Online

Program Benefits that Benefit You.

A Better Balance for Work and School

Affordable, asynchronous classes that fit your work schedule, offered 100% online so you can learn while you earn.

Aligned with Standards

Aligned to the highest national standards in leadership, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Education Leaders Standards.

CTC-Recognized Degree

Our MAELA with Embedded Credentials was designed to meet the California Council on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) program standards.

WSCUC

University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

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    Meg V
    The MAELA program was beyond invaluable. So much of what I was asked to do was relatable to my job. The people affiliated with the program know what works in education.
    Meg V.
    MA, Educational Leadership and Administration

    The professors and staff were incredibly supportive, flexible, and helpful. I have graduated with the confidence to enter the world of education and be a knowledgeable educational leader.

    Sarah D.
    MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
    My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
    Steve L.
    MAE, Teaching

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Evidence of experience
    • Valid California clear prerequisite credential
    California Residency

    This program is only available to California residents.

    Program Start Dates

    Program starts six times per year with ongoing admission and enrollment.

    Letter of Good Standing

    If the candidate is not currently employed in a position requiring a “basic” CTC credential, he/she must submit a letter identifying the school and principal under whom field work assignments will be completed

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    MA, Ed Leadership & Admin with PAS Credential Program Curriculum

    The UMass Global MAELA degree is a comprehensive program that equips you with the skills and knowledge needed for effective school leadership. The program consists of ten courses in educational leadership and administration, complemented by three one-credit leadership seminar courses. These courses cover a wide range of topics focusing on the CA Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSELs), ensuring you are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities that come with educational leadership.
    • Code Course Name Credits
      EDAD 601 Introduction to Vision, Leadership, and Change

      3

      EDAD 602 Applied Educational Research and Data Analysis

      3

      EDAD 604 Community Perspective, Collaboration and School Culture

      3

      EDAD 606 Change and Continuous Improvement

      3

      EDAD 608 School Law, School wide Discipline and Safety

      3

      EDAD 610 Innovations in Instructional Leadership

      3

      EDAD 612 Working with Diverse Populations

      3

      EDAD 614 Aligning Resources and Systems for School Improvement

      3

      EDAD 616 Professional Growth and Learning

      3

      EDAD 695 Educational Leadership Seminar I

      1

      EDAD 696 Educational Leadership Seminar II

      1

      EDAD 697 Educational Leadership Seminar III

      1

      EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar *

      0-1

      EDAD 620 Educational Leadership & Administration Capstone

      3

      Total Credits

      33-34

      *

      EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar Educational Leadership Seminar is only required for those candidates serving under an Internship Credential.

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