Program Overview

Brandman University has made available to California teachers the opportunity to gain the additional foundational education to pursue leadership positions as administrative professionals in a variety of educational settings. Students have the option of earning the Master of Arts degree with the concentration on Educational Leadership and Administration, with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Student teachers should be able to satisfy the requirements to obtain internships within current educational facilities or when pursuing new careers at another establishment.

The Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed to develop a student teacher’s abilities to provide administrative, management and innovative improvement skills when assuming roles in a chosen educational system. The specialized program is comprised of a minimum of 33 credits, but can be up to 36 credits depending on the acquisition of an internship. Students must satisfy the foundation courses covering intrinsic topics such as: Human Resource Management, Instructional Leadership, Supervision and Accountability, Politically Intelligent Leadership and Governance, Education Law and Ethics, Culturally Responsive Leadership, School Finance and Resource Allocation, Research and Evaluation Methods, Learning Theory and Comparative Education.

Upon successful completion of the required foundation courses, students must also complete a final capstone course, culminating the MA programs objectives and demonstrating a students comprehensive understanding of administrative services. Students should also be aware of internship requirements for individual school systems, as well as the varying certification requirements for students who are California residents and wish to teach or perform as an administrator in a California school.

Graduates should be well prepared to perform the roles and responsibilities of managing an educational facility. Graduates may also use the learned skills when applying leadership models, supervision of personnel, implementation of policy, and the assessment of legal and social issues in a school system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Potential MA students should satisfy one of the four admission requirements set forth by the University.

    Various requirements for teaching in the state of California.


    Prospective students must be California residents.

    School Overview

    Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution that is a part of the Chapman University System. Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and is located in Orange, California. Its overall mission is “to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.”  Steeped in academic tradition, this university offers quality education consistent with the needs of a new kind of student: one who demands the same high academic standards as a traditional university but whose life requires greater flexibility and real-world relevance in the curriculum.  With undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in Business, Arts and Sciences, Health, Education, and professional development, Brandman offers numerous fully-online programs to provide added flexibility for its students.


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