The Master of Arts in Education, Leadership and Change program prepares progressive leaders for action at all levels in schools, as well as other nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations and community-based work, to understand and then respond justly to the cultural issues that demand change in our professional and civic lives. Candidates gain authority on: Systems thinking and analysis, change-based organizing, leadership as mission-relevant advocacy, participatory action research, how to draft fundable grant projects, and the ways in which critical literacy can advance personal success and social sustainability.
This degree is offered by AU Los Angeles.
The Master of Arts in Education, Leadership and Change is a stand-alone degree. It is designed for individuals who are seeking an advanced degree to support the work in fields related to education. Classes are offered one or two nights per week and occasionally on Saturdays. The program is designed with working adults in mind and is half time in nature, to be completed over 6 quarters of study.
- 5 or 6 quarters of half-time study (45 quarter units)
- Two classes per week (generally Wednesday nights from 4pm to10pm)
The curriculum consists of six half-time quarters where candidates develop a systems approach to social justice and sustainability-oriented educational leadership perspectives along with a variety of elective courses to best suit their area of interest and Department goals. The degree culminates with candidates sitting an oral Capstone experience that is based on research and learning they will have conducted within the program.
Candidates are assigned to a faculty advisor when they are accepted into the Program and work closely with their advisor to tailor the degree to meet their needs and allow them to pursue their individual interests.
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.
Earning an MA in Education gives both educators and professionals the skills to take on leadership roles in educational settings, which often require an advanced degree. Our graduates have been accepted to top-tier doctoral programs in education and our master’s degrees provide a strong foundation for future academic study.
Graduates of all of AULA’s Education Department programs have found success providing instruction, leadership, and guidance in positions that include:
- Child advocates
- Civic leaders
- Classroom teachers and aides
- Community organizers
- Coordinators in educational nonprofits
- Curriculum development leaders
- Educational researchers
- Faculty members in institutions of higher education
- Leaders in schools and school districts
How to Apply
- Complete the Online Application.
- Official transcripts that post the Bachelor’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited college or university are required and request that they be sent to the Admissions Office. A student copy of a transcript may be submitted with your application, but official transcripts are required upon admission.
Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Admission to the education department will be determined by a personal one-on-one interview with the Department Chair which allows the applicant the opportunity to share their particular interests and qualifications.
AULA and AUSB campuses, of a one-system university, offer mission consistent options that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Fall 2018||July 23, 2018||July 23, 2018||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||October 1, 2018|
|Winter 2019||October 22, 2018||October 22, 2018||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||January 2, 2019|
|Spring 2019||January 22, 2019||January 22, 2019||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||April 1, 2019|
|Education, Leadership and Change (MA)|
|Cost per quarter|
|1-4 units||$700 per unit|
Please note: Additional fees for all AULA programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
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