Graduate Education

The Division of Graduate Education offers specialized graduate programs in School Leadership, Counseling, and Higher Education Administration and Leadership. These advanced programs lead to Master's degrees, credentials, and/or certificates designed to prepare responsive education professionals who will go on to serve diverse student populations and enact transformative change in our surrounding schools, colleges, and universities. Tailored for the working professional, the Division of Graduate Education programs offer flexible late afternoon and evening classes and may be completed full- or part-time.

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Graduate Education Division Programs

School Leadership Program

Masters in School Leadership / Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Grounded in critical consciousness and a moral imperative, the School Leadership Program (SLP) prepares generative leaders committed to leading for equity and justice in schools.  SLP offers the two CTC-required pathways for Administrative Services Credentials in California and a Masters in School Leadership.  These pathways prepare educators for leadership positions in elementary and secondary schools and certain district-level positions.  The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) authorizes service in positions serving preschool, K-12 and adults.  Candidates in the PASC program can also obtain their Masters in School Leadership with two additional courses.  The Clear Administrative Services Credential is for those holding a PASC and employed in an administrative position.  Candidates are expected to enroll in a Clear Induction Administrative Services Credential program within one year of beginning service on their PASC.

School and College Counseling Program

School Counseling Option, College Counseling Option
Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization

The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for careers in educational counseling settings and is designed to provide a broad conceptual knowledge base and the development of specialized counseling skills applicable to a diversity of student populations and counseling needs.  Students choose to concentrate in School or College specializations and are able to concurrently pursue dual-specialization in a secondary area through the additional attainment of the PPS credential and College Counseling Certificate.

Through a framework of cultural humility and a commitment to justice in education, the program stresses the importance of self-awareness, reflective examination, and interpersonal and professional growth in order to provide a comprehensive preparation in K-16 educational counseling.


Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) Certificate

Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL), a 12-unit graduate certificate program, is designed for working professionals and individuals who are seeking advanced training and knowledge in the broad field of higher education administration and leadership. The program’s unique curriculum focuses on the four core aspects of today’s higher education administration: leadership, legal issues, finance, and diversity.

HEAL addresses the needs of career-focused professionals within a continuously changing and complex higher education environment. Program participants will interact with higher education expert faculty and have an opportunity to further develop and expand their professional networks. The HEAL curriculum is based on current research and advanced teaching methodologies. Program objectives are to:

  • Provide participants with a strong foundation in theory and current practice of higher education administration and leadership;
  • Help participants develop their capacity to analyze and address complex issues and challenges facing higher education;
  • Prepare participants to become informed, collaborative, and more effective higher education administrators; and
  • Inspire participants to continuously promote success and innovation among diverse higher education constituencies by exhibiting critical thinking and analysis, as well as inclusion and collaboration.

Community College Teaching Certificate

The Community College Teaching Certificate is a graduate-level program that provides a course of study for those seeking to prepare for a career in community college teaching. This program is also designed to serve working professionals in the field who are seeking career advancement. The program offers a well-rounded learning experience based on theory blended with a teaching practicum.