MA in Educational Leadership and Administration, PAS Credential

Through online learning and fieldwork, this program prepares you to become a California elementary, middle, or high school principal.

Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential Overview

This master’s degree program with preliminary administrative services credential prepares students through online learning and fieldwork to become a California elementary, middle, or high school principal who oversees daily school activities, curricula, and staff. 

As a student, you will:

  • Focus on an array of topics to help you advance your school system and propel your career with 21st-century skills.
  • Qualify for other positions such as instructional coordinators or other school district administrative positions.
  • Apply what you learn through fieldwork included in every course to help build a portfolio of experience throughout the entire program.
  • Meet the requirements set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Program Standards, including those that align to the highest national standards in leadership.
  • Be qualified for a Certificate of Eligibility or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential with successful completion of the program.

Next Session

Fall I (Aug 28, 2023)

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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.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC 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
    • Resume
    • Valid California clear prerequisite credential
    • Letter of Intent
    • Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests or a valid California Credential that required passage of basic skills to receive the credential
    California Residency

    This program is only available to California residents.

    Program Start Dates

    Program starts three times per year in Fall I, Spring I, or Summer I. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    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


    MA, Educational Leadership and Administration, Administrative Credential – PASC Program Curriculum

    • EDAD 601 Introduction to Vision, Leadership, and Change


      EDAD 602 Applied Educational Research and Data Analysis


      EDAD 604 Community Perspective, Collaboration and School Culture


      EDAD 606 Change and Continuous Improvement


      EDAD 608 School Law, School wide Discipline and Safety


      EDAD 610 Innovations in Instructional Leadership


      EDAD 612 Working with Diverse Populations


      EDAD 614 Aligning Resources and Systems for School Improvement


      EDAD 616 Professional Growth and Learning


      EDAD 695 Educational Leadership Seminar I


      EDAD 696 Educational Leadership Seminar II


      EDAD 697 Educational Leadership Seminar III


      EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar *


      EDAD 620 Educational Leadership & Administration Capstone


      Total Credits



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

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