School of Education

Department of Administration & Leadership



Master of Arts, Administration, and Leadership



A degree in School Administration and Leadership at La Sierra University will focus on the development of effective leadership. Your courses will focus on:

Historical and contemporary theories and research regarding leadership and organizational management

Important legal issues that face school teachers and leaders today

Understanding and recognizing good teaching and how to be a helpful instructional leader

Financing schools and the difficult issues related to school funding today

Field experiences which will offer you the opportunity to practice leadership functions atthe school level

and other fascinating topics . . .


The Master of Arts degree in Administration and Leadership provides students with the opportunity to plan a personalized program focusing on the needs and goals of the individual student. All programs are designed to assist the student in developing leadership and organizational skills. Requirements for the Seventh-day Adventist Administrator Certificate and approved California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program requirements may be included in this M.A. program. (For further information about this degree contact the Department of Administration and Leadership.)


Core requirements: 15 units
EDAD524 Educational Organization and Leadership (3)
EDCI 514 Curriculum Planning (3)
EDRS 504 Methods and Material of Research (3)
EDPC 540 Principles of Counseling (3)
EDCI 512 Faith and Learning (3)

Content specialization (21 units minimum)
Electives (selected in consultation with the advisor.)

A total of 45 quarter units with a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be attained for completion.

Candidates must also successfully complete the comprehensive examination in order to be awarded the M.A. in Administration & Leadership. A study guide for the comprehensive examination can be accessed here.


Master of Arts, Administration and Leadership Objectives

Candidates successfully completing a Master’s degree

  • Articulate fundamental issues, think critically, and write competently.

  • Develop and apply fundamental research skills.

  • Understand the moral/ethical dimensions of educational leadership and management theory and practice.

  • Identify the theories, concepts and research findings of the discipline.

  • Identify the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.

  • Be conversant with the theorists and/or books identified in the MA Reading List.


Reading List

Degree and credential candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts program should be conversant with the following theorists and books. Many of them will be addressed in classes, but not necessarily all of them. It is important for the candidate to be knowledgeable of each of these prior to scheduling and taking the comprehensive examination.


Buckingham, Marcus.  (2005).  The One Thing You Need to Know.  New York, New York:  Free Press.  ISBN 0-7432-6165-8

Covey, Stephen  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Kotter, John P.  (1996).  Leading Change.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Press.ISBN 978-0-78584-747-4

Sergiovanni, Thomas J.  (1999).  Rethinking Leadership.  Arlington Heights, Illinois:  SkyLight Training and Publishing Inc.  ISBN  1-57517-148-1

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Matthew.  In a Bible translation of your choice.


In addition to the books listed above, master’s students should have read some articles or chapters written by the following persons, and should be able to explain the main concept presented by them. 

  • Bennis, Warren G.

  • Greenleaf, Robert

  • Senge, Peter



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