Future Students


Our mission is to prepare school leaders who demonstrate strategic, instructional, organizational, political and community leadership; and to provide the community a source of scholarship and assistance in interpretation and application of scholarship.

Our Programs

M.S. in Educational Administration and/or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)

People who apply to our program are typically credentialed teachers working in P-12 settings, other educational professionals who possess a California teaching or services credential, or students from outside of the United States who want to develop their skills as educational leaders. Our degree courses can also apply toward the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) so that students earn both the M.S. in Education Administration and the PASC by the end of their program of study.  The learning outcomes for this program are grounded in the standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and reflect the core values of the Department of Educational Leadership: (a) just, equitable, and inclusive education, (b) the application of theory to practice, and (c) leadership for change.

Clear Administrative Services Credential 

California State University, Fullerton, has embedded a fully accredited Clear Credential within the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program.  Because California requires administrators to begin their Clear Credential program within 120 days of starting in their position, Cal State Fullerton offers two options for entry into the program:

  1. Students may begin their Clear Credential simultaneously with the Fall start of the Ed.D. program (apply for the program in the Spring prior to the Fall start date), or
  2. Students may begin the coaching portion only of the Clear Credential up to one year prior to the Fall start date for the Ed.D. (applications accepted year-round).

The credential program consists of collaboration with certified coach, professional learning through Ed.D. coursework, professional development completed through a school district, and demonstration of competence in all six of the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs).

M.S. in Higher Education

The M.S. in Education with a Concentration in Higher Education (the MSHE Program) is designed to prepare entry-level professionals and career changers to assume professional roles that support student learning and development. Graduates of this program might work in offices such as orientation, housing, residential life, TRIO, minority and international affairs, financial aid, academic advising, alumni relations and similar college or university offices.  Program-level learning outcomes for the MSHE program reflect the expectations for graduate-level programs in students affairs developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), and are organized around the following five learning domains: (a) leadership, (b) social justice and advocacy, (c) education, (d) assessment and evaluation, and (e) personal and professional development.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program is one of few programs in the region that offers separate specializations in Pre K-12 leadership and Higher Education Leadership for Community Colleges and Universities. This allows students to explore content in greater depth with peers and faculty who share their experience and interest. The professional administrative services credential (Tier II) is embedded in the P-12 specialization for students who qualify.

Professional Certificate in Community College Studies

Our professional graduate community college certificate program is to support the preparation of entry-level professionals and career changers to assume roles that support student learning and development, both in and outside of the classroom at the community college.


How to Get Started

1) Complete the Cal State Apply application at www.calstate.edu/apply.

2) Then visit our Apply Now page for detailed instructions on application requirements.

* Please note application requirements vary for each program.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've assembled our most frequently asked questions. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

For more information contact the Educational Leadership Department at 657-278-4023 or email at edleadership@fullerton.edu.

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Page updated: June 7, 2017