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.

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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 Courses .
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 addresses the broader public policy environment in which educational policy functions. The course examines the larger governmental context in order to provide a holistic approach to understanding not just the policy process, but also the use of policy analysis. The course offers a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models, and explains the nature of policy analysis and its practice through evaluative criteria in key policy areas.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define public policy and examine the importance of understanding public policy.
  • Examine the process for analyzing public policy and assessing policy alternatives.
  • Discuss major areas, issues, and controversies in public policy.
  • Evaluate best practices for policy analysis, citizen participation, and policy change.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to public policy.

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: