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All About Concordia University Irvine’s M.A.Ed. Educational Administration Program

What does the M.A.Ed. Educational Administration program with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential encompass? 

Concordia University Irvine’s (CUI) M.A.Ed. Educational Administration with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential cohort-based program is designed to prepare future private or public K-12 education leaders. The program provides the opportunity for teachers to earn a California Preliminary Administrative Credential (PASC) while earning a master’s degree.

Candidates continue working while completing the graduate program as the program’s content, pacing, and structure were created with adult learners’ needs in mind. The rolling start dates make joining our program convenient as candidates can pick a term that works best for their busy schedule.

What differentiates Concordia University Irvine’s M.A.Ed. Educational Administration Program from other schools that offer similar programs?

The M.A.Ed. Educational Administration program is intentionally designed to include theoretical and practical applications necessary for successful school administration in the state of California. While students are completing their coursework, they also participate in the administrative practicum. The administrative practicum is a field-based experience that spans multiple terms whereby candidates receive hands-on experience under the guidance of a veteran practitioner, also known as a site supervisor.

In 2019 the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs) were adopted as course learning outcomes. This alignment of institutional and state outcomes has proven successful in preparing candidates to complete the California Administrator Performance Assessment Cycles (CalAPA). In the program, students take three leadership courses focused on equipping candidates for the CalAPA Cycles. By design, students are supported from the inception to the completion of the program.

How will this program help educators during this time of COVID and post-COVID teaching? How will it better prepare them for today’s education challenges?

Concordia University Irvine was well-poised for success when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred due to the program’s online format coupled with our team of expert practitioners. M.A.Ed. Educational Administration courses are taught by talented instructors who are content experts currently serving as administrators across the state.

The hands-on, working knowledge of our experienced instructors is invaluable to the success of our program and the student experience, especially during challenging times like those presented with the pandemic.

What career opportunities are available to students who graduate from the program? 

Upon completing the Educational Administration program, candidates can apply for their certificate of eligibility to become private and public school administrators. Processing a California Administrative Services Credential allows graduates to serve as educational leaders in various roles, including but not limited to:

  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Director
  • Coordinator
  • Superintendent

Why should a prospective student choose this program? Why should they choose Concordia University Irvine?

Academic excellence and Christ-like service are cornerstones of our M.A.Ed. Educational Administration program. Candidates can expect to receive a stellar education in an environment where they will be known, welcomed, and supported.

Concordia University Irvine recognizes the value of partnerships as a successful component of a graduation program. A unique benefit our candidates appreciate while in the administration program is their CUI-sponsored Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) membership.

Students in the M.A.Ed. Educational Administration program have the opportunity to join the ACSA network. CUI’s ACSA Student Chapter hosts monthly workshops where California administrators present timely and relevant content pertaining to the profession.

Another benefit afforded to candidates is completing a digital portfolio while enrolled in the program. Administrative candidates have autonomy in completing an online e-portfolio that reflects their unique experiences, gifts, and talents as educators. These portfolios serve as end products that can be shared with potential employers when seeking career advancement. CUI is more than a university; it is a family.