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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School Administration M.A.*


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John Borba, Ed.D., Program Coordinator

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

Students in the Master of Arts in School Administration will be earning an M.A., and have the option of also earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential required for administrative positions in TK-12 schools in California. Enrollment in the program offers three options for completing the capstone activity: (1) thesis, (2) project, and (3) comprehensive examination. The courses in the M.A. in School Administration with preliminary administrative services credential program are designed to prepare leaders who will assume leadership positions in TK-12 schools and districts.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in becoming visionary leaders.
  2. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in becoming instructional leaders.
  3. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in becoming school improvement leaders and change agents.
  4. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in the personal and professional learning and growth of themselves and other educators.
  5. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in understanding school organizations, systems and legal school practices.
  6. To provide knowledge and training that assist future school administrators in becoming community leaders.

Program Requirements


(33 units)

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.

Admission Requirements


Prerequisites:

To be considered for admission to the M.A. in School Administration 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 Process


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


(30 units)

Capstone Activities


Graduate Core Courses

(6 units)

Option 3: Comprehensive Examination


  • 3 unit(s)
  • Elective Coursework (3 units)*
  • 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, are 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 attempt is required to earn the MA 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.

Accreditation


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

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