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Degree Programs

We offer educational administration and leadership degrees on three levels: MA, Ed.S., and Ed.D. See program Descriptions, Prerequisites, or Requirements.

Credential Programs

We offer three administrative credentials: The California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier 1), the California Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential (Tier 2), and the Seventh-day Adventist Administrator’s Credential.

These programs prepare students to enter the following occupations:

Admission Requirements

For the program admission requirements for M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D., Tier 1, Tier 2, or combining a degree with a credential, click here.

This web page is for advisory purposes only, and although every attempt is made to ensure its accuracy, readers are directed to the graduate bulletin for official information. The graduate bulletin can be accessed online at http://lasierra.edu/bulletins/

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Administration & Leadership Graduate Programs

Leading a school or a school district is an exciting challenge. A quality education is essential to the success of our young people and to the prosperity of our nation and our global village. In the department of administration and leadership, we offer a practical, research-based program of study to enhance your ability to lead effectively, achieving greater success in your professional role as an educator and change agent.

Career Opportunities

Careers in this area include:

  • School principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Superintendent or associate superintendent of schools
  • School district administrative staff, such as curriculum specialist or student services director
  • University professor of education
  • Educational researcher
  • Writer or editor of educational resources
  • Classroom teacher
  • Administrator in non-educational settings
ProgramTypeUnits to complete beyond Bachelor'sUnits to complete beyond MastersUnits to complete beyond Ed.S.
Master of Arts in Administration & LeadershipM.A.45 qtr units
Specialist in Education in Administration & LeadershipEd.S.90 qtr units45 qtr units
Doctor of Education in Administration & LeadershipEd.D.132 qtr units87 qtr units42 qtr units

Fast Facts 

Minimum Program Length1 year
Quarter Units36
Maximum Transfer CreditsUp to 9 quarter units

I work with doctoral students, so I have first-hand knowledge of what is expected at La Sierra versus other universities. I think the quality of education at La Sierra is second to none. It is rigorous, but also very relevant. They bring in real-world applications so we understand how to apply the learning."

Ron Williams, 2009 ED.D Administration and Leadership

Graduate Programs Requirements

School of Education Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresStatementInterview
Master of Arts3.0 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes
Master of Arts in Teaching3.0 Minimum**Only Upon Request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Credential Program2.75 MinimumOnly Upon Request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Education Specialist, EDS3.3 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes
Doctor of Education, EDD3.3 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes

* Recent GRE score is required if applying with a GPA below the minimum requirement.
** Passage of CSET score is required prior to acceptance if applying with and undergraduate GPA below 2.75.

Program Descriptions Administration and Leadership

Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership, (M.A.) will focus on the development of effective leadership. Your courses will focus on Historical and contemporary theories and research, Important legal issues that face school teachers, financing schools, and other fascinating topics. Read more.

This program is focused on the pursuit of excellence through support and enhancement of educational leaders. This excellence is fostered through the discovery of meaning and purpose in the development of administrative and leadership skills. Read more.

This degree is designed for astute students with appropriate professional experience beyond those studying at the master's level. The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities. Those completing the program may hold or may be interested in positions of administrative responsibility at the school or district level, in institution of higher learning, or non-school settings. Read more.

Credential Programs

This credential program focus on the development of competent and ethical leadership. The program of study will offer candidates the opportunity to prepare for administrative credentials through the state of California and/or through the Credentials Office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Read more.

This credential program is designed for California K-12 school administrators who hold a Preliminary Administrative Services (Tier 1) Credential in California. The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities. Read more.

There are three administrative credential programs that have been designed for staff serving in leadership roles in the education system of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These are known as endorsement programs and involve a range of requirements. The programs are: Principal Endorsement, Supervisor of Instruction Endorsement, and Superintendant of Schools Endorsement. Read more.

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

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