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Gain a broad understanding of school administrative services with the master of arts in education with an emphasis in administrative services. You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become an administrative leader. Courses combine theory and practice, backed by a commitment to ethics and service, as you learn to investigate and implement relevant topics in educational leadership.


  • Designed to fit your busy schedule
  • Experienced and supportive university faculty
  • Hands-on field experience
  • Exposure to relevant, on-site challenges facing current administrators
  • Coursework designed to prepare students for Cal APA
  • Live interactive classes via Zoom

Career opportunities

Graduates possess the skills and knowledge demanded by administrative roles in schools, backed by a commitment to ethics and service. They will be prepared for both leadership and support roles within the school system.

Program directors

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Douglas S. Bartsch

Associate Dean, Program Director of Administrative Services, Visalia Campus

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John Mendiburu, Ed.D.

Program Director of Administrative Services, Bakersfield Campus

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying  BA/BS degree
  • Approved basic credential or Certificate of Clearance
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within 12 months)

Course listing

Required Courses (37 Units)

ADM 740Building Shared Vision and Leadership Capacity2
ADM 741Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System4
ADM 741AFieldwork: Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System2
ADM 742Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning4
ADM 742AFieldwork: Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning2
ADM 743Meeting Diverse Needs of Family and Community2
ADM 744Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools4
ADM 744AFieldwork: Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools2
ADM 745Digital Leadership in Schools2

Master of Arts Core

ADM 735
ADM 736
Leadership and Change
or Leadership and Change - Proact
or 3
ED 779Values in School and Society3
ADM 794Thesis Introduction and Literature Review3
ADM 795Research Methods in Education3
ADM 796Thesis Completion1

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