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Online Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Degree Program

California State University, East Bay’s Master of Science in Educational Leadership is designed for those who wish to become leaders in education at the preK-12, preschool, adult, or community college levels. Through this fully online, master's degree program, students will not only acquire the management skills that educational leaders require, but will also learn how to tackle larger leadership challenges.

This program has an option for qualified applicants to also earn a Preliminary California Administrative Services Credential. 

The online-only format makes the program convenient for anyone in the world, not just those who live or work in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Students can look forward to a hands-on, rigorous curriculum in which both the instructors and fellow students provide detailed feedback on each student's work. Students can communicate with their instructors and advisors in a variety of ways: e-mail, telephone, chat room office hours, and/or videoconference. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Online M.S. in Educational Leadership will be able to:

  • Explain major theories of organizational leadership as well as understand management skills related to school law, finance, and professional development.
  • Demonstrate skills required of educational leaders including finding and using data to define issues, conduct local research, develop clear oral and written communications, and use effective collaboration strategies.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and the ability to evaluate the significance and validity of the research and literature in their area of research.

Students are expected to demonstrate these literacy competencies throughout the required coursework for the degree.

Who Should Attend

  • Pre-K-12th grade educators, Community College educators, and others who are interested in learning about school systems and strategizing and researching ways that schools can better ensure that all students achieve at the highest levels.

This Master's degree program also offers the option to earn a K-12 administrative services credential for California residents who meet certain requirements.

Program Highlights

Type of degree conferred: Master of Science Degree
Number of courses: 15 Courses: 45 units (adding the Administrative Credential requires an additional 12 units of fieldwork at an additional cost)
Program length: 6 quarters (1.5 years)
Current tuition costs: $13,275 ($295/unit) plus additional tuition for credential (Tuition is subject to change.)
Additional Coursework: California Preliminary Administrative Credential option requires an additional 12 units of fieldwork at additional cost