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M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership

For those interested in becoming a school leader, a teacher leader, or a central office leader, this flexible program enables candidates to pursue their preliminary administrative services credential (if eligible) in the first year of working toward their M.Ed. In Instructional Leadership, In the second year of the program, eligible candidates can also work toward clearing their preliminary administrative services credential (PASC) in addition to earning their Master’s degree.

Locations offered
Degree Earned
M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
Credential Earned

CA Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility

Application Deadlines


Application Requirements
  • Employed by a Reach partner school with the ability to 1) access school level data for analysis, 2) coach at least one teacher throughout the year, and 3) develop and facilitate a professional learning arc and community of practice (a small group of focused professionals) at your site.

  • Recommendation Form (2)

  • Five years of teaching experience

  • Official transcripts of most recent university experience

  • Resume

Eligibility Requirements
  • Hold a BA degree

  • Have 5 years of school-based experience

  • Have a professional role with access to collect data and ability to conduct an action research project

  • At the end of the first year, candidates interested in beginning the process of clearing their PASC in the second year of the Master’s Program must also meet the eligibility requirements for the CASC Program.

Program Start Date

Program Duration

2 Years

Accepts Transfer Credit

Yes, up to 9 credits

Program Format

You should expect to dedicate approximately 9-12 hours per week to the program including:

● Professional Learning Seminars:

Candidates engage in a weekly virtual seminar, usually on Tuesday evenings, focused on conceptual and practical issues central to organizational change in educational institutions. Seminars are primarily synchronous, with asynchronous work as appropriate. (3 hours each week)

● Online collaboration:

Weekly online collaboration that includes reading thought-provoking research and practitioner-literature, followed by online discussions. (Approximately 3-4 hours per week)

● Job-embedded Learning (Practicums):

Real time practicum, in which candidates collect and reflect on evidence of practice, including 3 authentic performance assessments of your instructional leadership skills. The practicums range from coaching cycles with teachers/staff, planning professional development arcs and facilitating communities of practice, to interviewing different stakeholders and analyzing artifacts. On-site mentorship is also provided in partnership with Reach. (Job-embedded practicums approximately 3-6 hours per week)

● Advisory:

Practicums are supported by one-on-one advisory sessions, approximately 10 individual sessions, totalling a minimum of 10 hours over the course of the year

Scholarship & Financial Aid Info

None available

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