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Master of Arts in Educational Administration

admin headerWe need trained administrators in schools.

That is why the faculty at CSUSM have set out to create the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program. This program connects theory and practice to relevantly prepare future administrators for today’s educational environment. This fully online degree provides advanced training to earn your Master of Arts in Educational Administration and your preliminary Administration Credential in just 12 months. The program is fully online to meet the flexibility needed for working teachers without compromising the high level of education and interaction with today’s leading faculty on educational administration.
Aside from earning your credential and master’s degree, the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program builds in the course work and preparation for the Cal APA testing, now required for new administration in California. This process is embedded into the program to allow students to move directly from our program to an administration position.
The faculty here at CSUSM are dedicated to make this 12-month online program a valuable experience. With an entire faculty made up of experienced school administrators, students can rely on a high level of interaction with their professors and an education that can truly be learned today and applied tomorrow.

Information Webinar

View our past live webinar with a Q&A session and hear faculty discuss program details, costs, the admission process and much more!


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration is a fully online program that can be completed in 12 months. Class sizes are no larger than 25 students to ensure the highest level of interaction with faculty. The program has a focus on K-12 educational leaders using a lens of cultural proficiency. Candidates also conduct meaningful field experience work in school settings.
Students will develop skills and knowledge in all aspects of practice related to:
  • Leading an institution with values and focus on social justice
  • Preparation for the Cal Administrator Performance Assessment with current Cal APA assessors
  • Improving curriculum and instruction
  • Creating an environment to nurture literacy and digital learning
  • Managing budget, legal issues and personnel
  • Understanding and responding to data
  • Engaging in sound theoretical and practical leadership philosophies
  • Developing a culture of continual school improvement

Please note, to be considered for admission you must reside in an approved state.  For more information and a list of approved states, please visit our State Authorization page.  

Career Outcomes

Earning a Master of Arts in Educational Administration would prepare you for:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • District Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Educational Director or Supervisor
  • Salary schedule move
  • Teaching at the college level

Program Details

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