Aug 13, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 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 Administration 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 Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Examination (CPACE) or passing scores as determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on the first attempt of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA).  A minimum passing scaled score for the SLLA is 173.  The minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Content subtest is 220, and the minimum passing scaled score for the CPACE-Performance subtest is also 220.  Passage of both the CPACE-Content and the CPACE-Performance subtests are required to pass the CPACE Examination.  The current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 1-Anaylzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity; the current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 2-Facilitating Communities of Practice; and the current minimum passing score for CalAPA Cycle 3-Supporting Teacher Growth, were determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and are subject to change as determined by the Commission. Passage of all three CalAPA Cycles on the first try is required to earn the M.A. in School Administration. The CalAPA comprehensive examination option is retroactive for candidates who began the school administration program after July 1, 2018.  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 and the CalAPA at the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website.

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


The credential programs in school administration are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Licensure/Credentialing Requirements

Admission into programs leading to licensure or credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure or credential requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) and successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Professional licensure notification from the Chancellor’s Office.

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