MA in Educational Leadership and Administration, PAS Credential

Through online learning and fieldwork, this program prepares you to become an 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.


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Spring I (Jan 9, 2023)

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Fairfield Campus
2450 Martin Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Online Campus
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Visalia Campus
ALL MAIL TO: PO Box 3104 Visalia, CA 93278 CAMPUS LOCATION: 337 N. Plaza Drive Visalia, CA 93291
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618

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


University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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    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 MAELA program was rigorous, but the professors and staff were incredibly supportive, flexible and helpful as we moved throughout our 20 months together. I have graduated my program with the confidence to go out into 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
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate in an academic setting
    • 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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