The Educational Leadership Development Academy Program (ELDA)
This 24-unit program of study includes coursework and an intensive fieldwork experience in school leadership over the duration of the program. Classes are held on weekdays and occasional weekends throughout the year. Fieldwork placements will be selected jointly by the program administration and the candidates’ district supervisors to ensure a learning environment that will adequately support participant learning in the critical areas of site leadership.
The program of study meets the requirements for the California Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility.
The ELDA Intern Program provides an intern credential for administrators who are selected by a public school district or a county office of education and placed in an administrative position under the supervision of a University of San Diego Supervisor. These candidates work in the administrative position and enroll in coursework at the University to earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
Additional Requirements for Admission
See here for basic admission requirements.
Educational Leadership Development Program
|Application Deadline||Priority April 1; late applications accepted on a space available basis|
|Recommended Grade Point Average||3.0 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework|
|Standardized Admission Test||Although not required, applicants with less than a 3.25 undergraduate GPA are encouraged to take the GRE or MAT.|
|Prerequisite Experience||Applicants must meet the following qualifications by the start of the program:|
|Applicant must also have a master’s degree or be willing to earn one concurrently with the credential. Students without a master’s must apply to both the credential and the MA in Leadership Studies.|
|Applicant must hold a valid Clear California Teaching Credential or services credential with specialization in pupil personnel, library, health, or clinical rehabilitative services, or a designated subjects credential and a baccalaureate degree.|
|Applicant must have a minimum of five years experience in a full-time teaching position or served a minimum of five years in a full-time position appropriate to the services credential.|
|Applicant must have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).|
|Selection Process||The selection process is comprised of three stages:|
|Applicants will submit an application (with two letters of recommendation, resume, academic transcripts, ELDA supplemental form and statement of purpose, which serves as a writing sample).|
|Successful applicants will be contacted for an instructional observation of the candidate teaching students or adults, followed by a brief interview.|
ELDA Program Required Courses (24 units)
|LEAD 552||School Law for Aspiring Leaders||3|
|LEAD 553||Instructional leadership and Supervision I||2|
|LEAD 554||Instructional Leadership and Supervision II||2|
|LEAD 558||Leadership and the Dynamics of School Organizations||3|
|LEAD 588||Diversity and the Preparation of School Leaders||2|
|LEAD 583||Special Topics I||1|
|LEAD 584||Special Topics II||2|
|LEAD 590||Curriculum Development: Acess, Assessment and School Improvement I||3|
|LEAD 591||Curriculum Development: Access, Assessment and School Improvement II||2|
|LEAD 597P||Practicum in School Administration I||2|
|LEAD 598P||Practicum in School Administration II||3|
Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of content experts using questions and corresponding rubrics aligned to the California Administrative Performance Expectations (CAPES).