Become a Transformative Leader!

Preparing bold, transformative education leaders.

In the Department of Educational Leadership, we teach and study what education could be. Our education leadership graduates work to identify and dismantle systems of oppression within K-12 and higher education to build a more just and equitable future. 

Educational Leadership’s graduate degree programs are delivered using a hybrid model that maximizes collaboration while prioritizing flexibility. As leading practitioners and scholars, our faculty are committed to offering hands-on support and mentorship to the next generation of emancipatory education leaders and academics.

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Educational Leadership Announcements

New MA Programs

MA in Emancipatory K12 School Leadership

Calling All Emancipatory Educators and School Leaders!

  • Summer 2023 Admissions Cycle Opens: Fall 2022
    • Admission Cycle: November 2022 - April 2023
  • New Information Sessions Scheduled, click below to register 

MA in Higher Education Leadership

Become a Transformative Higher Education Leader!

  • Summer 2023 Admissions Cycle Opens: Fall 2022
    • Admission Cycle: November 2022 - April 2023
  • New Information Sessions Scheduled, click below to register

NEW! Higher Ed Teaching Certificate

Become a Culturally-Sustaining Postsecondary Instructor!

  • Summer 2023 Admissions Cycle Opens: Fall 2022
    • Admission Cycle: November 2022 - April 2023
  • View a previously recorded information session, click below 

Department News

  • In the Fall of 2020, the Emancipatory School Leadership Program was selected as an Innovative Program by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Read more on page 10 of the UCEA Review publication [pdf].

Lurie College and SJSU Announcements

  • 2020-2021 Impact Report - As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead. Read about the impact of our students, faculty, programs, and more from the past year.
  • 2022 U.S. News and World Report Rankings - Lurie College moved up 33 spots in this year's rankings of Best Education Schools and is #2 among universities in the Cal State system, #4 among universities in the Bay Area, and #14 among universities in California.
  • SJSU Lurie College of Education Blog - Our college-wide blog contains more announcements, opportunities, and news for and about Educational Leadership students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Financial Aid Opportunities - Visit this page to learn about the numerous scholarship and grant opportunities available through the college. The application process for scholarships takes place each spring semester.

Student and Faculty Spotlights

Recent graduate Abby Almerido presented "Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time" as part of the SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy.

Maria Ledesma

Dr. Maria Ledesma was quoted in the article “Manufactured Boogeyman: Latino Critical Race Theory Pioneers, Advocates Push Back” by NBC News.

“To María Ledesma, associate professor at San Jose State University, critical race theory is about truth-telling, a way of looking at history in a comprehensive way.

Ledesma is not surprised by the theory’s current controversy. “It is a manufactured boogeyman on behalf of conservative politicians and pundits to distract attention from the global racial reckoning movement. By making critical race theory the boogeyman, we hear less about Black Lives Matter, less about police brutality, and less about the real actions needed to change our society.”

The biggest misconception about the theory is that it somehow teaches students of color to hate white people, Ledesma said. “Not true at all; critical race theory does not villainize one group over another.”

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