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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education M.A.: School Administration Concentration

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John Borba, Ed.D., Program Coordinator

Office: DBH 348A
Phone: (209) 667-3260 or 3364 or (209) 648-3570

The Master of Arts in Education, School Administration Concentration is a nationally recognized program that includes the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.  Enrollment in the program offers three options for completing the culminating scholarly activity: (1) thesis, (2) project, and (3) comprehensive examination.

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Education M.A.: School Administraton Concentration program, the applicant must:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Have at least a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 units earned.
  3. Possess a valid teaching or service credential.

Application Procedures

The applicant must:

  1. Complete the University Admission form including required transcripts of college/university coursework of the last 60 units.
  2. Be fully admitted to the School Administration Credential program (see credential program application procedures)

General Information

  1. Grade Requirements: Students seeking an M.A. are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0 while in the program. The minimum acceptable grade for M.A. courses is a C.
  2. Final Requirements: To obtain the required recommendation for the M.A. from Stanislaus State, the student must:
    • Complete all of the coursework required in the M.A. program.
    • Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skill areas of the program.
    • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for all coursework required for the program.
    • Apply and complete graduation paperwork/requirements
  3. Coursework expires seven years from completion and cannot be applied toward the Master’s degree.  One-third of units may be revalidated if less than 10 years old.  This applies to all Master’s degree options:  thesis, project, or comprehensive examination.

Note: Early registration is strongly recommended.

Program Requirements:

(33 units)

Graduate Core Courses

 (9 units)

Option 1: Thesis

Option 2: Project

Option 3: Comprehensive Examination

*Candidates are required to enroll in electives that are graduate level education courses.

**The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the submission of a passing score from the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) or passing scores from the California Preliminiary Administrative Services Credential Examination (CPACE).  A minimum passing scaled score for the SLLA is 173.  A minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Written component is 220, and the minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Video component is also 220.  Passage of both the CPACE-Written and the CPACE-Video components are required to pass the CPACE Examination.  The candidate is responsible for registering for the examination and paying all required fees.  The candidate shall provide the Advanced Studies Office with passage verification.  Additional information regarding the SLLA may be found at the ETS School Leadership Series website and the CPACE at the CTC CPACE website.

SLLA:  https://www.ets.org/sls/prepare/materials/slla_prep/

CPACE:  http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CPACE.asp

Note: See course description for EDGS 7005 - Continuing Thesis or Project  and EDGS 7006 - Continuing Comprehensive Examination .



Both the MA and credential programs in school administration are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

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