If you’re a teacher who has begun to look beyond the classroom for a greater challenge, salary, or personal enrichment, an M.A. in Educational Leadership with an embedded Preliminary Administrative Services Credential option will help you meet your goals.

If you’ve already risen to the position of K-12 administrator, earning your doctorate can determine your next level of career advancement: specifically, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (K-12).

But it can be daunting to think about going back to school to pursue your passion—while working (and living) full time.

For Joy Kasper, a special education teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School, finding a flexible program was paramount.

Kasper stands tall as a modern-day Wonder Woman—mother of three, soon with two master’s degrees, and a special education teacher at the number one public high school in California for 2014 (Business Insider). Humble and gracious, Kasper wouldn’t admit to her super powers. She simply admits to wanting to become a school administrator one day, which is why she enrolled at California Lutheran University.

She’s about to earn her Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, with the option to complete her Masters in Educational Leadership concurrently under Cal Lutheran’s fast-track program, which she finishes in May 2015.

Joy says of her Cal Lutheran experience, “I highly recommend Cal Lutheran’s program; it’s totally worth it. With a busy family and career, I needed flexibility and wanted rigorous training. The year-long program combined online training with personal meetings approximately every third Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. My advisor is absolutely awesome, approachable and truly cares about our success. He never missed a meeting, he was always available by phone, email.”

Another major concern for many future school leaders is cost. As Dr. Therese Eyermann, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, explains, “It’s important that applicants not be deterred by the misconception that graduate education in private universities is more expensive than public institutions. Cal Lutheran offers extraordinary value for the investment. In a globalized world, we offer seasoned scholars with real world experience. You learn faster and deeper in smaller class sizes. You benefit from professors who serve as mentors, coaches, and advisors, open to you throughout your career. Plus our programs blend the value of classroom interaction and hands-on application with the time saving and convenience of online learning. It’s the best of all worlds.”

No matter where you are in your teaching career, if you are drawn to leadership, it’s the ideal time to connect to California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Education, where the next generation of leaders is being trained to transform the future of education. To learn more about the outstanding programs within the Graduate School of Education, visit CalLutheran.edu/gsoe or call (805) 493-3325.