Educational Administration
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Educational Administration emphasizes the provision of opportunities for students to develop the skills and competencies that are necessary for successful educational leadership.

The program is appropriate for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of educational administration but are not currently pursuing a master’s degree. The program covers leadership and organizational behavior, public policy, and community relations as it relates to schools.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters, or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
    We also offer a 10% discount for Corporate Partner employees. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner, see our Corporate Partnership Information Page.
    *Employment verification is required. Offer good for students who enrolled after April 2018 and were offered discount at time of enrollment. Offer is not retroactive for students already enrolled. Discount and/or prices subject to change and/or cancellation at any time without notice. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount(s).
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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4 Core .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
EDU 520 Leadership and Organizational Behavior  3

Leadership and Organizational Behavior examines major leadership behavior patterns and strategies that promote effectiveness in organizations. Focus will be placed on the principles of school leadership, as well as specific theories behind organizational behavior. Students will be challenged to become more self-aware of their personal leadership style and will be able to develop their abilities to influence others.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate theories that form the foundation upon which leadership for the 21st century is built.
  • Examine contemporary leadership theories and practices as they relate to school leadership and evaluate the relationship between contemporary leadership theories and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
  • Assess how models of leadership can help future and current leaders become more effective.
  • Evaluate the purpose of educator evaluation systems for the organization and the individual.
  • Explain how collaborative leadership persuades followers to go over and above routine policies, procedures, and directives, replacing compliance and conformity with commitment.
EDU 529 Educational Personnel Management  3

Educational Personnel Management utilizes a management approach that examines the processes and procedures necessary for implementing effective human resources administration in an educational setting. In particular, this course will cover the essential dimensions of the human resources function from planning to performance evaluation and compensation.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the structural framework of public education as it relates to the human resources administration function.
  • Evaluate the varying methods of recruitment.
  • Analyze the ethical dimensions of human resources.
  • Assess the various approaches to delivering staff development for teachers, principals, and classified personnel.
EDU 532 School-Community Relations  3

School-Community Relations explores how various social and political forces impact effective interactions between schools and the communities they serve. With an emphasis on diversity, methods of implementing educational change with community support and cultural pluralism, and its effects on school-community dynamics are also explored.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the importance of public relations.
  • Evaluate effective school-community relations.
  • Assess the importance of internal communications with administrators, teachers, students and staff.
  • Consider the importance of a crisis plan and a crisis management team.
  • Judge the process of change and community acceptance of new ideas.
EDU 546 Public Policy  3

Public Policy reviews educational policy from a micro and macro perspective. In addition, it reviews the general concepts of public policy and looks at the socioeconomic context of the school as it relates to economics, demographics, politics, culture and values. It also analyzes the policy process, the key players, and the typical issues involved, as well as a historical perspective to aid in understanding the current education reform climate.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the dimensions of educational policy in the United States.
  • Analyze the politics of policy as it plays out at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Evaluate the progress of educational conditions and issues as they become translated into policy proposals, enacted, implemented and evaluated.
  • Explore the evolution of educational policy through the major periods of American educational history.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. A Bachelor’s Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook(s). The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific textbooks, available through local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding text.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, a listing of important keywords (with definitions), self-tests (with answers) on key points, and critical thinking activities.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, four writing assignments per unit, and the final multiple choice examination.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a certificate program:

    • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
    • Certificate students may receive transfer credit for up to 6 semester units of previously completed coursework. Students may transfer up to 9 semester units of credit completed at California Coast University.
    • To be eligible for graduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course. The following factors are considered:

    • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
    • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
    • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.
    • The maximum amount of Challenge Examinations allowed for each program level are: Associate 4; Bachelor's 10; Master's 2; Doctorate 0; and Certificates 1.