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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration

Become a School Administrator and Make Site-Wide Impact

The Fresno State M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration with a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program enrolls new students twice a year. Students enrolled in the masters and credential program can complete the program in 3 semesters with a total of 30 units. For students who have already earned a master’s degree and are pursuing the credential only option, the program can be completed in 3 semesters with a total of 22 units. Learn more about our curriculum here.

Graduates earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential are authorized to serve in administrative roles in California K-12 public schools such as a principal, vice-principal, program director or any related administrative assignment at all school levels.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary is $132,400 for Education Administrators, kindergarten through secondary, in California. Job opportunities are available at elementary and secondary schools, education support services, religious organizations, and more!


CalAPA Pass Rate 100%

The graduate program is offered through a 3 semester, 18-month cohort delivery model with an intern option as part of the cohort model for eligible students. The intern option is for those candidates accepted into the program with a contract from a school district to begin work as a school administrator. Cohorts are in partnership with school districts throughout the Central Valley.

Fresno State graduates have a 100% passing rate for the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) exam.  

Throughout the program, we help prepare students to learn and practice the expected competencies of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Each semester the coursework is targeted toward a different CalAPA cycle.


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Faculty Excellence is Student Success

Fresno State prides itself on employing research based faculty who are experts in their field of study. Learn more about program faculty.

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