Educational Leadership

Become a School Administrator

Humboldt State University offers a Preliminary Administrative Services credential. The credential program is designed for educational professionals currently working in schools full time. Educational Leadership Program (EDL) courses are offered on weekends and all coursework for each level is designed to be completed in one academic year.

Apply to the Educational Leadership Program at HSU here.

Select the Administrative Services Credential.


Our Mission

The overriding mission of the Educational Leadership Program (EDL) is to prepare professional educators to serve in California schools and to work directly with youth of diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. The program endeavors to create an environment where learning is the highest priority. Our major goal is to provide candidates with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to prepare them for successful leadership in today’s and tomorrow’s schools. Candidates are expected to become instructional leaders and decision-makers in the pursuit of excellence, classroom managers and creators of equitable educational opportunities for a diverse student population, and confident scholars who are facilitators for a lifetime of learning.

Administration is a complex process requiring both a theoretical knowledge and a broad collection of skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Theory provides the conceptual framework and vocabulary along with the various strategies and techniques for examining and responding to many of the experiences which candidates will encounter. The program provides a sturdy bridge connecting educational theory with practice, pre-service with in-service education, and the University with the school community. The program is designed to empower all participants, who, in turn, are encouraged to collaborate with one another with energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and mutual respect.

The EDL Program at Humboldt State University is defined primarily by the qualities of the candidates it produces. Specifically, the program is defined by the extent to which candidates demonstrate and/or exhibit the following:

  • High moral and ethical values and humane and enthusiastic service to others
  • Knowledge and skill in working with students, staff and community members who have linguistically, racially, culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Learning and motivation theories and techniques
  • Ability to utilize interpersonal skills, including facilitation skills (empathy, respect, warmth) and asserting skills (expressing opinions and making requests) to create nurturing, high performing school environments
  • Employ appropriate discipline strategies so that a school can be maintained that balances freedom and control and promotes development of the full potential and self-worth of all students and staff
  • Understand teaching strategies, assessment tools and evaluation procedures as they apply to curriculum and curriculum standards
  • Know and understand the state curriculum frameworks and state curriculum content and performance standards
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of the ever-changing instructional and information technologies which are available including multimedia, and understand the importance of integrating these technologies into the learning environment.