Graduate Programs in Education

Advance your school while advancing professionally.

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CSUDH's College of Education offers a range of excellent graduate programs for educators seeking to advance professionally, while leading our communities' schools to higher achievement. Reflecting areas of expertise most needed in today's diverse urban schools, our graduate programs blend theory and practice with specialized training in relevant and in-demand disciplines.

Tailored for the working professional, graduate programs offer flexible late afternoon and evening classes and may be completed full- or part-time.

Graduate Certificate

Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL)

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.  Learn More

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.

MA in Education

School Leadership Program / Administrative Services Credential

Formerly known as the Educational Administrative Option, the SLP program admits credentialed teachers with at least four years of full-time teaching experience. Students become part of a cohort, taking 13 units in fall and 13 units in spring to complete the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential requirements. Three more classes are needed for the master's. The SLP courses are offered in hybrid format (partially online), and students complete a field-based project (data-gathering in schools).  Learn more.

MS in Counseling

School Counseling Option, College Counseling Option,

Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization

The Counseling program prepares students for careers in a variety of educational counseling settings and with training in specific counseling skills applicable to a diversity of student populations and needs.  Candidates are trained to promote the academic, social-emotional, and career development of multi-cultural and linguistically diverse students in public elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as two and four year colleges. The Master's of Science in Counseling program offers specializations in both School or College Counseling in which candidates are able to dual-specialize through the concurrent attainment of the College Counseling Certificate, the PPS credential, which is required to work as a School Counselor in the public schools, as well as an authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance.  Our program stresses the importance of self-awareness, reflective examination, and intrapersonal and professional growth to provide a comprehensive preparation in educational counseling. Learn more.


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