Educational Leadership Department

About the Program

In our latest podcast, educational leaders Rebecca Summers, Kevin Jamero and Byron Yip discuss how the Administrative Services Credential Program prepares its students to be effective school administrators, improve school performance and meet the needs of diverse students. 

Learn by Doing 

The Administrative Leadership program at Cal Poly Pomona is comprised of several elements including the Preliminary and Clear Administrative Credential offerings, access to a quality doctoral program with an emphasis on K-12 public school leadership, and a Masters in Educational Leadership.  Both credential programs have—and continue—to change in recognition of recent CCTC changes in credential requirements which include the state mandated California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA) exam.  All students will complete the Preliminary Administrative Services program. A combined program of study to attain a Master's of Education with an Educational Leadership option includes three additional courses beyond the credential program. More information on the Master's degree is available here. The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program includes:

  • a thematically integrated, problem-based curriculum focused on real world problems and issues and the application of relevant academic theories and concepts;
  • a curriculum designed to leverage the workplace through fieldwork and a schoolwide change initiative project as a key medium for leadership development by providing learning activities designed to confront students with problems (and their solutions) commonly experienced by school leaders; and,
  • regularly scheduled presentations that provide focused, skill-based, timely and in-depth examinations of the administrator proficiencies/competencies set forth in the credential standards CAPEs & CPSELs).

Our Mission

  1. Prepare qualified candidates to become outstanding educational leaders for our nation's students and public schools.
  2. Produce graduates who possess the cognitive, affective, and leadership skills that will enable them to perform effectively in a variety of educational leadership roles.
  3. Develop instructional leaders who can work productively with school districts, other educational agencies, communities, and businesses to seek creative and effective resources and strategies for providing high quality educational experiences for all students.
  4. Contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge and policies in the field of educational leadership.

Preparing a Community of Leaders 

 The goal of the Program is to provide candidates with personal services and instruction comparable to any other institution of higher education. Furthermore, the programs are aligned to the California Administrator Proficiency Expectations (CAPEs) and the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs) for the clear administrative credential.  The Conceptual Design for the Program calls for excellence in the delivery of instruction in both credential programs as well as the Masters Degree.

Our graduates will be assuming responsibilities that will impact the education of all students and therefore, only candidates  with a minimum of five-years of qualifying experience or service and who reflect the qualities associated with superior educational leadership will be admitted.