The overall objective of the M.A. in Educational Leadership is to educate and train prospective and novice school leaders in effective school administration and leadership, providing comprehensive content in mission-focused, organizational, and instructional leadership. The program supports educators interested in moving into school administration, as well as those who are currently school administrators and desire further concentrated education in the distinctive mission and operations of schools.

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts demonstrating B.A. degree from regionally accredited institution or via equivalent international evaluation
  • Personal Statement of Intent describing your understanding of diversity, social justice, and student achievement.  Discuss its implications for leadership and how it intersects with your personal leadership in your current school setting, as well as future administrative leadership roles.
  • Professional Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from an education administrator
  • Selection of Concentration:  Catholic Administration or 

M.A. in Educational Leadership Core Curriculum (21 semester units):

  • EDLA 6201 Educational Leader as Researcher 3 units
  • EDLA 6204 Innovation, Entrepreneurial Leadership/Design Thinking 3 units
  • EDLA 6205 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3 units
  • EDLA 6206 Cura Personalis: Fostering a Community of Care 3 units
  • EDLA 6207 Governance, Law, and Policy 3 units
  • EDLA 6208 Supervision, Coaching, and a Culture of Professional Learning 3 units
  • EDLA 6209 Community, Family, and Stakeholder Engagement 3 units
  • EDLA 6995 Comprehensive Exam: Capstone 0 units

CONCENTRATION SELECTION: Candidates select and complete one of the available concentrations.

Catholic School Administration Certificate Concentration (10 semester units)

  • EDLA 6420 An Invitation to Lead (1st semester – Summer Session II) 1 unit
  • EDLA 6430 Mission-Focused Leadership in Catholic Education 3 units
  • EDLA 6431 Organizational Leadership in Catholic Education 3 units
  • EDLA 6432 Instructional Leadership in Catholic Education 3 units

General Foundational Concentration (9 semester units)

  • EDLA 6200 Foundations of Leadership 3 units
  • EDLA 6202 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3 units
  • EDLA 6203 School Finance and Human Resources 3 units

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allowing appropriate planning.