Academic Catalog 2023-2024

School Leadership

College of Education
Division of Graduate Education

Program Description

The School Leadership Program admits credentialed teachers who have at least four years of full-time teaching or services experience and will complete their fifth year of teaching while in the program to obtain their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Students become part of a cohort, taking courses in fall, spring and summer. Students become part of a cohort, taking a total of 32 units, with no more than 6 units taken in the summer. Courses are offered in face-to-face, on-line and hybrid formats. In addition, all students complete a field-based project and Master's students take a comprehensive exam. For the field-based project, students collect data and implement change that is driven by an equity gap at their school sites.

The School Leadership Program also offers the Clear Administrative Services Credential.  To learn more about the two-tier credential structures offered, click here.


The School Leadership curriculum is designed to meet the needs of full-time working professionals by offering a full program of courses in the late afternoon, evening and some weekends. Courses are offered so degree requirements may be completed in one year. The university's urban location provides a unique opportunity for working with a diverse cultural and ethnic population in classes and in field experiences.

Academic Advisement

Students will work with an advisor when they are admitted to the Division of Graduate Education. Students must confer with their advisor each semester prior to registration to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework in the proper sequence.

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Program

Admission as a classified graduate student in education requires:

  • Admission to the University
  • Five years of full-time teaching and/or service experience in a public or private school (i.e. five years' experience in pupil personnel services) or students with four years of full-time teaching and/or service experience in a public or private school must complete their fifth year of full-time teaching and/or service experience during the SLP program
  • A 3.0-grade point average in the last 60 units of college work. If less than a 3.0, a score of 500 or better on the MAT or a score of 300 or better on the GRE.
  • Possession of a valid California teaching credential, designated subjects teaching credential, or services credential. (See CTC Requirements for more details)
  • Attendance at SLP Orientation and Summer Institute
  • Must have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or meet basic skills requirement
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from the applicant's site supervisor.

Admission Procedures

The application deadline for the School Leadership Program is June 1st. Dates are subject to change.

All prospective graduate students, including CSU Dominguez Hills graduates, must do the following:

  1. Apply for graduate admission to the University through Cal State Apply.
  2. Submit one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CSU Dominguez Hills to the CSU Dominguez Hills Admissions Office.
  3. Must complete a separate Program Application for the desired Graduate Education program. Students can find the applications at:

A decision regarding admission will be made upon completion of university and program admission requirements.

Classified Standing

Students who satisfy all the requirements of program admission will be admitted with Classified Standing. Students accepted with Conditional Standing will have a semester to meet the conditions for Classified Standing. Upon completion of specified conditions, students must request that a Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective form be filed by their advisor on their behalf.