Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- May 18, 2005
Cal Poly College of Education to Offer 'Fast Track'
Master's Degree, Administrative Credential In Educational Leadership
Beginning fall 2005, Cal Poly's College of Education will offer a "fast-track"
master's degree in educational leadership and administration (ELAP) and a
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential as a low-residency, 11-month
program that can be completed on weekends and in the summer.
The program, which targets adult students across the state, combines on-campus
seminars and online coursework.
According to a study by College of Education faculty members Jim Gentilucci and
George Petersen, California's population is "graying," particularly in coastal
counties like San Luis Obispo. As a result, declining enrollment is becoming a
serious problem in almost all school districts in San Luis Obispo County. At the
same time, K-12 enrollment is increasing in southern Monterey County, the Central
Valley, and northern Santa Barbara County.
To meet the needs of highly qualified school leaders in these growing school
districts, Petersen and Gentilucci developed an instructional model that replaces
the College of Education's traditional weeknight course offerings.
The fast-track program will enable students from outside the San Luis Obispo area
to earn a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership and the Administrative
Services Credential from Cal Poly by attending 15 weekend seminars (Friday evenings
and Saturdays) and one intensive summer session on campus in an 11-month period
from August through June. Program coursework will be conducted online between the
"The curriculum for the fast-track program will be organized and integrated around
significant themes of leadership and administration, with field experience based
on each quarter's course content and student expertise," Gentilucci said.
"Instructors will include Cal Poly's nationally recognized faculty as well as
outstanding practitioners, including area superintendents and principals."
For more information, contact Jim Gentilucci at (805) 756-5373 or email