Educational Leadership Application Pathway

Degree Options

This Application Pathway allows applicants to apply for one of the following options:

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a Clear Administrative Services Credential
  • Clear Administrative Services Credential (this option is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid)

Information regarding these options may be reviewed by visiting the Graduate School of Education program website

Application Process

All applications to the Touro University California Graduate School of Education are submitted through the Centralized Application Service for Graduate Programs (GradCAS).  Please read through all of the material on this page prior to accessing the GradCAS application to assure you have assembled all required information and materials.

To access and complete the application, you may:

  • Visit the GradCAS website (http://gradcas.liaisoncas.org/apply/)
    • Select the term for which you will be applying 
    • Click on Apply
  • Create an account or log in to your existing account 
  • After creating an account/logging in
    • Click on Add Program
    • Search for Touro University California
    • Select Educational Leadership
  • Click on the My Application tab, then work through the four sections of the application
    • Personal Information
    • Academic History
    • Supporting Information
    • Program Materials 
  • Click on the Submit Application tab and follow the instructions to submit your application

Application Deadlines

Applicants may begin these programs in the Spring, Summer, or Fall terms and application deadlines vary by program and term.  To verify that the application is open for your desired starting term, please contact Ms. Jessica Reed (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, jessica.reed2@tu.edu; 707.638.5264) or Dr. Louise Santiago (Clear Administrative Services Credential, louise.santiago@tu.edu; 707.638.5433).    

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Requirements

Prior to matriculating, candidates applying to the Graduate School of Education must earn a documented Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Graduates from institutions outside of the United States may also be considered (refer to the Graduates of Foreign Institutions section below).

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better is required.  On a case by case basis, however, applicants may be considered with cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.  Applicants accepted into the Graduate School of Education with a cumulative GPA below 2.50 will be accepted conditionally pending completion of their first semester.

State of California Licensure

The Graduate School of Education offers academic programs leading to credentials approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Academic programs do not lead to credentials outside of the State of California.


Individuals who have met all application requirements and permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, are permitted to apply and matriculate at Touro University California.  Currently, TUC does not accept international students.

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. Candidates applying without US Citizenship or Permanent Residency are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before proceeding with the application process.  Additional information may be viewed by visiting the Eligibility Requirements section of the Financial Aid website

Required Transcripts

As part of the application process through GradCAS, applicants will be required to list all schools attended within the academic history section of the application and official transcripts will be required from each school.  Applicants should follow the directions within the application to request official transcripts to be sent directly to GradCAS.  

Transcripts must be sent directly to GradCAS.  Please do not send transcripts to Touro University California.  

Transfer Credit

The Graduate School of Education may consider limited transfer credit for options within the Educational Leadership Application Pathway.  To request transfer credit, you must complete the Request for Transfer Credit form and upload it within the Supporting Materials section of the application.  A program representative will review your request and then determine the number of transfer credits that will be awarded.  Questions regarding transfer credit should be directed to the Graduate School of Education

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are not required for the Educational Leadership Application Pathway.

California Basic Skills Fulfillment

Proof of Completion of Basic Skills Requirement: Applicants must provide evidence of one of the following CTC approved options for meeting Basic Skills Requirement: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl667.pdf?sfvrsn=91a6cf60_24. Note that applicants who have not yet met the Basic Skills Requirement can be considered for conditional admission with proof of registration for CBEST. You will need to obtain a PDF copy of your test result or Basic Skills fulfillment and upload that document within the GradCAS application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required to meet subject matter competency prior to applying. This includes CSET for Multiple Subject candidates and Education Specialist candidates/CSET or a Subject Matter Competency waiver from an accredited subject matter preparation program for Single Subject candidates. Candidates who are admitted and enroll must provide proof of registration for subject matter competency by the second semester and must demonstrate successful completion of subject matter competency before the end of the second semester. A failure to do so will delay progress in the program. 

Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions

Graduates and students of foreign institutions are invited to apply provided they satisfy the eligibility requirements provided above. Degrees and coursework completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service.  Details regarding Touro University California requirements for Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions may be found on our Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions page.

GradCAS maintains a direct integration with the three evaluation agencies approved for use by Touro University California (World Education Services, Inc., International Education Research Foundation, Inc., and Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.) which enables electronic transmission of your evaluation directly to GradCAS.  Directions for requesting/submitting your evaluation to GradCAS may be found under the Foreign and French-Canadian Transcripts section of the GradCAS help center (accessing the help center may require an applicant account).    

Application Review

Representatives of the Admissions Committee review the applications of all candidates who submit all required materials prior to the posted deadline to determine whether or not they should be accepted into the program.  Selection criteria include, but are not limited to academic performance, professional experience, and fit-to-mission.  Final decisions are released to each applicant through the Office of Admissions.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other status characteristic protected by applicable laws in employment, or in admission, treatment or access to educational programs or activities.

To the extent provided by law, the university will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities which meet the legal standards for documentation, whenever the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position and meet the academic program technical standards.

This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Clery Act of 1998.  For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.  Please note that contact information listed here is for discrimination inquiries only.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for admissions related inquiries.

Kathy Lowe
Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5806

Dr. Steven Jacobson
Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5226

Dr. James Binkerd
Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5883





Brief Application Checklist

  • List of all schools you have attended, including dates of attendance and any degrees you may have earned
  • Completed Request for Transfer Credit Form (if you will be requesting transfer credit)
  • Copy of CBEST test results
  • Time to complete short answer/essay questions (accessible within the application)