Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership

Department Mission

The Educational Leadership and Administration Program develops scholar-practitioners and prepares credible and relevant leaders in education committed to advancing equity and excellence in educational leadership for P-12 and higher education throughout the Central Valley. 

Our values support leadership in:

  • Academic integrity in designing and supporting instructional programs
  • Collaboration with school districts, colleges, universities, and communities
  • Diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ways of understanding
  • Practice informed by research and research informed by practice
  • Reflection of the lifelong learning processes 

Department Overview

Educational Leadership and Administration faculty prepare candidates to effectively lead in educational organizations in the Central Valley of California and beyond.  Our gradates serve in leadership roles in diverse educational settings such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other related educational agencies.  The Educational Leadership and Administration Program prepares students through two distinct pathways:  P-12 Leadership and Administration pathway and the Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership (HEAL) pathway.  Program graduates are continuously recognized as scholar-practitioners, instructional leaders, and agents of change in P-12 schools and in higher education.

Educational Leadership and Administration: P-12 Pathway

Dr. Jennifer Moradian Watson, Coordinator
jmoradianwatson@csufresno.edu
559.278.0354
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The P-12 Leadership and Administration pathway is an integrated degree and credential program for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Education: option Educational Leadership and Administration and a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.  The integrated master’s degree and credential program is a 31-semester unit program of study.  For students who have already earned a master’s degree and are pursuing the credential only, the preparation program for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is a 24-semester unit program.  Graduates earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential are authorized to serve in administrative roles in California P-12 public schools such as principal, vice-principal, program director, and any related administrative assignment at all school levels.  The P-12 pathway program is offered through an 18-month cohort delivery model with an intern option as part of the cohort model for eligible students.  All cohorts are in partnership with school districts throughout the Central Valley.  All credential coursework and field experiences are based on standards adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC): California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs) and California Administrator Content Expectations (CACEs).

Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership and Administration Option and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (31 semester units) 

Semester 1

EAD 261:  Introduction to Educational Administration (3 units)

EAD 272:  Advanced Curriculum Design and Delivery (4 units)

EAD 280T:  Assessment, Analysis, and Information System (3 units)

 

Semester 2

EAD 262: Educational Leadership (3 units)

EAD 263: Seminar in Instructional Supervision (4 units

ERE 220*:  Research in Education (3 units)

 

Semester 3

EAD 269:  Site-based Leadership (4 units)

EAD 274: Instructional Systems and Leadership for Equity (3 units)

 *Culminating Master’s Experience Options: 

  • EAD 298/Project  (4 units)
  • EAD 299/Thesis (4 units)
  • ERE 244: Mixed Methods Research in Diverse Classrooms(4 units) + Comprehensive Exam (0 units)

Note:

  • 4-unit courses require more time for embedded field experience/performance tasks.
  • ERE 153 or approved equivalent is a prerequisite for ERE 220.  ERE 153 is not a program course.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (24 semester units)

Semester 1

EAD 261:  Introduction to Educational Administration (3 units

EAD 272:  Advanced Curriculum Design and Delivery (4 units

EAD 280T (Substitute for ERE 288):  Assessment, Analysis, and Information System (3 units)

 

Semester 2

EAD 262: Educational Leadership (3 units)

EAD 263: Seminar in Instructional Supervision (4 units)

 

Semester 3

EAD 269:  Site-based Leadership (4 units)

EAD 274: Instructional Systems and Leadership for Equity (3 units)

Note: 4-unit courses require more time for embedded field experience/performance tasks.

Internship Program Option within the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (only an option for students who meet preconditions and eligibility requirements).  An administrative Internship Credential allows a student to serve in a full-time administrative position while he/she is working toward the completion of a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.

 

Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership (HEAL)

Dr. Susana Hernandez, Facilitator - HEAL Pathway 
suhernandez@csufresno.edu
559.278.0320
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The Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership (HEAL) Pathway is a distinct degree pathway for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Education: option Educational Leadership and Administration in the Department of Educational Leadership.  The HEAL Pathway attracts individuals interested in careers in higher education as well as other educational settings and agencies.  During the course of a 31-semester unit program of study, HEAL students delve into curriculum that examines policies, practices, theories, and current issues related to the post-secondary education pipeline.  Students acquire valuable analytical and research skills while developing their leadership skills.  The learning experiences in the HEAL Pathway curriculum and the relationships with faculty offer students the essential knowledge and philosophy required for exemplary practice in institutions of higher education and other educational settings.

Master of Arts in Education: option Educational Leadership and Administration - HEAL Pathway (31 semester units)

Semester 1 (Fall)

EAD 261: Introduction to Educational Administration (3 Units)

EAD 278T: Student Affairs in Higher Education (3 Units)

ERE 153*: Educational Statistics (3 Units)

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

EAD 262: Educational Leadership (3 Units)

ERE 220*: Research Methods (3 Units)

EAD 273: Ethical and Professional Issues in Education (3 Units)

 

Semester 3 (Fall)

EAD 278T: Diversity in U.S. Higher Education (3 Units)

EAD 266: Seminar in Finance and Administration (2 Units)

EAD 280T (substitute for ERE 288): Assessment, Analysis, and Information System (3 Units)

 

Semester 4 (Spring)

EAD 269: Site Based Leadership (4 Units)

EAD 298/299: Project or Thesis (4 Units)

Note: ERE 153 or approved equivalent is a prerequisite for ERE 220.  ERE 153 is not a program course.

Department Chair and Staff

Kenneth Magdaleno
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Office: Education Building, Rm 350
Phone: 559.278.0350
Email: kmagdaleno@csufresno.edu

Tiffany Jennings
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, Rm 310
Phone: 559.278.0352
Email: tijennings@csufresno.edu

Department Faculty

Akhavan, Nancy: Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching Graduate Program

Nancy Akhavan
Office: Education Building, Rm443
Phone: 559.278.0345
E-mail: nakhavan@csufresno.edu

Boris, Virginia

Virginia Boris
Office: Education Building, Rm 350
Phone: 559.278.0292
Email: vboris@csufresno.edu

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley
Master of Arts, Fresno Pacific University
Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Areas of Expertise:
Pre-K - 12 Administration and Leadership
Pre-K - 12 Curriculum and Instruction
Pre-K - 12 Aligned Systems for Student Achievement
Executive Coaching
Developing Teacher Leaders
Pre-K - 12 Team Building:  Building Internal Coherence for Instructional Improvement

Franks, Mabel

Office: Education Building, Rm 471
Phone: 559.278.0265
E-mail: mafranks@csufresno.edu

Gonzalez, Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Office: Education Building, Rm371
Phone: 559.278.9001
Email: jcg@csufresno.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit) in Education; Visual Ethnography and Qualitative Research Methods; Educational Policy and History; Multicultural and Latino Educational Issues; Academic Socialization of Doctoral Students and Faculty

Hannigan, Jessica

Office: Education Building, Rm 397
Phone: 559.278.0456
E-mail: jhannigan@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hauser, Linda

Linda Hauser
Office: Education Building, Rm 459
Phone: 559.278.0362
Email: lhauser@csufresno.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Leadership Systems research; tranformational change; performance excellence; school leadership; organization development.

Hernandez, Ignacio

Ignacio Hernandez

Office: Education Building, Rm 369
Phone: 559.278.0166
Email: ihernandez@csufresno.edu

AA in Liberal Arts from Mount San Antonio College
BS in Mathematics from CSU Long Beach
MS in Counseling-Student Development in Higher Education from CSU Long Beach
PhD in Education from Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise:
Community college and university administration and leadership, student affairs, assessment in higher education, Hispanic-serving institutions

Hernandez, Susana: Facilitator, Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership

Susana Hernandez

Office: Education Building, Rm 365
Phone: 559.278.0320
Email: suhernandez@csufresno.edu

B.A. Political Science - University of California, Irvine
B.A. Sociology - University of California, Irvine
M.S. Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education - California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D. Education, Higher Education Administration - Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise:
Latino educational opportunity
Immigration and education
Hispanic Serving Institutions
Critical policy analysis

Luna, Christina

Christina Luna
Office: Education Building, Rm 459
Phone: 559.278.0362
E-mail: christinal@csufresno.edu

Magdaleno, Kenneth: Department Chair and Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Ken Magdaleno

Office: Education Building, Rm310
Phone: 559.278.0294
Email: kmagdaleno@csufresno.edu

Ed. D. Educational Leadership, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.S. Counseling and Guidance, California Lutheran University
B.A. Liberal Arts, California Lutheran University
A.A. Ventura Community College

Areas of Expertise:
Educational Leadership, Leadership Mentoring, Mentoring of Leaders of Color, Educational Equity, Critical Race Theory

Mendoza, Cecilia

Dr. Cecilia Mendoza
Office: Education Building, Rm 473
Phone: 559.278.0457
E-mail: ceciliamendoza@mail.fresnostate.edu

Walsh, Nichole

Nichole Walsh
Office: Education Building, Rm 467
Phone: 559.278.0532
Email: nwalsh@csufresno.edu

Watson, Jennifer: Coordinator, Educational Leadership and Administration Program

Jennifer Watson
Office: Education Building, Rm 461
Phone: 559.278.0354
E-mail: jmoradianwatson@csufresno.edu

Liberal Studies-BA
Multiple Subject Credential (Supplemental Add-On:  Social Science & ELA)
Administrative Preliminary/Clear Credential
Masters in Education
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Areas of Expertise:
Novice Teacher Retention
Alternative Discipline Structures in K-12

Wise, Donald

Donald Wise
Office: Education Building, Rm355
Phone: 559.278.0298
Email: dwise@csufresno.edu

Ph.D. Educational Leadership
M.A. Educational Administration
B.S.

Areas of Expertise:
Leadership
Leadership Coaching
Education Evaluation, Planning, and Change