Program Details

Distinctive Features

  • Course sequence that is intentionally designed to prepare leaders for the contemporary demands of school leadership;
  • Courses taught by four full-time faculty who are experienced K-12 practitioners and experts in the diverse fields of social justice pedagogy, instructional leadership, safe and equitable school climate, organizational systems, and education policy;
  • Cohort model that fosters community, collegiality, trust, and peer-to-peer learning;
  • Explicit teaching of effective tools that address persistent and pernicious equity and opportunity gaps;
  • Performance-based assessments and a capstone project that relate theory to practice and are aligned to the state-required California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA);
  • Supervised fieldwork that provides individualized opportunities for practice, reflection, and coaching;
  • Class time that meets the needs of working professionals: teaching weekend schedule during the academic year and heavier course loads in the summer.

As a graduate student in the Education Department at the University of San Francisco during these unprecedented times of a world pandemic, racial injustices, climate changes, and political unrest, I can attest that the impact of my learning is powerful. I am learning to make a difference with a social justice lens and acquiring strategies to break chains of marginalization in communities of color. As a Latina student, being exposed to professors and classmates that are fighting for a more just world in education gives me the hope that we can make a difference as we go back into our classrooms and communities [post-pandemic]."

Edith Arias '23

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Transformative School Leadership Program are principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, curriculum coaches, specialists, district directors, superintendents, and more.