BA, Educational and Community Leadership

Create Change and Tackle Inequality ✊🏽

We've developed this pathway for individuals who have accrued some college credits with a flexible and engaging opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is entirely online and brings together a variety of academic disciplines including education and the social sciences with a focus on leadership skills and promoting social justice to support career advancement.

Watch the video above or use the links below to learn more about what this means for a few of our students, Doris, Jeff, Mona Lisa, and Ruby!

Current social movements in California and across the United States have highlighted the need for reform in our community institutions to establish equity, access, and social justice. To have effective reforms, our local communities need a diverse corps of highly skilled educators and social servants. In addition to the core courses in leadership and social justice, our new BA in Interdisciplinary Studies offers course pathways in:

  • Early childhood education - supporting the development of children age 0 to 5 and their families
  • Inclusive education - educational approaches to serve k-12 students of diverse backgrounds, languages, and abilities in both formal and informal learning environments

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Program Overview

  • Official title: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Educational and Community Leadership
  • Format: Part-time, 100% online, year-round
  • Units: 60
  • Start dates: Summer, fall, or spring
  • Program length: 2 years
  • Program cost: $425/unit
  • Application deadlines:
    • April 15 for Summer 2022 start
    • July 1 for Fall 2022 start
    • November 30 for Spring 2023 start

We will work with applicants to apply for Federal Pell Grants. If you work for a Local Education Agency (LEA) such as a school district, there may be grants to support your educational costs.

Each spring semester, current students can also apply for SJSU Lurie College of Education scholarships for the following academic year.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

As a result of completing this program, students will learn how to:

  1. Create interdisciplinary strategies to manage challenges within one’s professional field.
  2. Take leadership opportunities (planning, coordination, technology, and managing) that promote change for the betterment of all individuals within a community system. Use an assets-based approach when supporting child, youth, adult, and community development.
  3. Advocate an anti-racist approach to establish social justice with diverse communities.
  4. Communicate ethically and responsibly in oral and written form across settings, purposes, and audiences.
  5. Analyze an issue or problem, integrating at least two disciplinary perspectives.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all four CSU-approved General Education requirements with a C- or higher.
    • (A1) Oral Communication/Speech
    • (A2) Written English Composition
    • (A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
    • (B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)
  • GPA of 2.0 or better
  • In choosing the Early Childhood Education specialization pathway, students must have or find access for field placement in a suitable early childhood setting.

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Program Coursework | 60 Units

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Steps to Apply

  • Contact us so we can check your eligibility to apply - completing 60 units of lower-division general education (GE) requirements - and assit you with:
  • Locating transcripts from your previous schools to review courses
  • Guiding you through the steps to applying on CalState Apply
  • Our Summer 2022 Admission Application Deadline is April 15, 2021 and our Fall 2022 Admission Application Deadline is July 1, 2022.
  • Please contact us before submitting your application so we can ensure you have the requirements needed to apply and provide you any assistance you need.

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