Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Degree at Azusa Pacific University is designed to prepare students for service as effective and innovative educational instructors. APU is a faith-based institution, so the material covered in the program is presented through a Christian worldview. Students will combine scholarly work with the distinct tenets of the Christian faith. The classes and coursework included in this program are designed to align with standards set by the California Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSEL).

This program can be completed entirely online, making it ideal for working students with complicated or hectic schedules. The flexibility of the delivery is combined with the program's cohort format, one in which students move forward with the same group of peer students. The program uses a strong Christian approach that is based on four themes: collaborative leadership and decision making for effective culturally diverse schools, instructional system design/management and care and enhancement of individuals, and moral/ethical development of students and staff.

It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that are able to create effective educational environments in their organizations. APU wishes for its students to be respected as persons with high moral and ethical standards that are able to look deeply into issues without losing focus.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 36 credits from a prescribed group of courses. After a one-credit Leadership Induction in which students are introduced to the program and begin training in educational technology, each course is six-credits in length, save for a five-credit Performance Assessment at the end of the program. Courses in this program include Research and Leadership, Educational Leadership and Change, and Leadership in a Legal Culture.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, the credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).


    Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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