Program Design

The best leaders have a deep understanding of history and tradition but are also forward thinking. They seek to impact tomorrow by transforming lives and institutions today.

In PLNU’s educational leadership program, you will gain the skills and mindset to become the kind of visionary leader you know is needed today. Rooted in a solid awareness of historical practices and theories, our program will help you analyze (and even create!) the newest developments in the field. Whether you are currently working at a school site or aspire to be in school administration, we will further your ability to handle the demands of the diverse and rapidly-changing school environment. Because we know that leaders can’t be created in a vacuum, we specifically designed this cohort program to allow you to collaborate and learn from your peers and mentors in your region. Let us help you become the leader you were meant to be.

PLNU Degree and Credential Offerings:

  • Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Educational  Leadership – 36 semester units
  • Master of Arts in Education with a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential – 36 semester units
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential only – 24 semester units
  • Clear Professional Administrative Services Credential – 6 semester units

The Educational Leadership Degree Program emphasis prepares educators to establish and sustain a vital learning community that supports powerful teaching and learning.

Our Instructional Team: 

All of our instructors are veteran school administrators with decades of experience as principals and district office administrators.  Their backgrounds and experiences include schools and districts with special needs in Title I, Program Improvement, SAIT, DAIT, Curriculum Audits, high English Language Learner populations, and high poverty populations.  They have also had experiences with high performing, high income schools and districts.



Educational Leadership required courses (this also meets the requirement of the Preliminary Administrative Services credential)  (24 units):

GEL603:  Instructional Leadership (3 units)

GEL603F:  Fieldwork for Instructional Leadership (1 unit)

GEL604:  Equitable and Socially Just Communities (3 units)

GEL604F:  Fieldwork for Equitable and Socially Just Communities (1 unit)

GEL605:  Organizational and Systems Leadership (3 units)

GEL605F:  Fieldwork for Organizational and Systems Leadership (1 unit)

GEL606:  School Improvement Leadership (3 units)

GEL606F:  Fieldwork for School Improvement Leadership (1 unit)

GEL607:  Professional Learning and Growth Leadership (3 units)

GEL607F:  Fieldwork for Professional Learning and Growth Leadership (1 units)

GEL608:  Visionary and Ethical Leadership (3 units)

GEL608F:  Fieldwork for Visionary and Ethical Leadership (1 unit)

Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) required core courses:

GED672 Philosophy of Education (3 units)

GED681 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3 units)

GED689 Master's Research and Design (3 units)

GED689P1 Culminating Research Project Support (.5 units)

GED689P2 Culminating Research Project Support (.5 units)

Elective courses: 2 units

Total required for MA in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership - 36 units

Once the candidate receives an administrative position, he/she enrolls in the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential program.


Each one of the PLNU School of Education Regional Centers has a program coordinator that is available to answer questions about curriculum. In addition, a graduate enrollment counselor is available to answer questions about the admissions process, application deadlines and materials.  

Key Contacts by Location


Dr. Carl Olsen, Admission Chair

(661) 377-4724

Stephanie Meier, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(661) 377-4721

Mission Valley (San Diego)

Dr. Robert GraeffProgram Director for Education Leadership

(619) 563-2820


Serina Scott, Graduate Enrollment Counselor

(619) 849-2863