MA in Nonprofit Management

MA in Education, Leadership and Change

California is experiencing a shortage of teachers and to help fill that need we are still accepting applications the application deadline for the fall quarter has been extended for the education department.

For students interested in an interdisciplinary degree not connected to a credentialing program, we offer the stand-alone Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Change.

  • 5 or 6 quarters of half-time study (45 quarter units)
  • Two classes per week (generally Wednesday nights from 4pm to10pm)

Program Overview

The stand-alone Master of Arts in Education, Leadership and Change degree is designed to help you create the changes you want to see in the world. Our instructors are change agents themselves who practice what they teach. Our classes are small and discussion-based, and student work is evaluated through written narratives, not grades. Classes are offered one or two nights per week and occasionally on Saturdays. The program is designed with working adults in mind and is half time in nature, to be completed over 6 quarters of study.

Career Outcomes

Earning an MA in Education gives both educators and professionals the skills to take on leadership roles in educational settings, which often require an advanced degree. Our graduates have been accepted to top-tier doctoral programs in education and our master’s degrees provide a strong foundation for future academic study. Graduates of all of AULA’s Education Department programs have found success providing instruction, leadership, and guidance in positions that include:

  • Child advocates
  • Civic leaders
  • Classroom teachers and aides
  • Community organizers
  • Coordinators in educational nonprofits
  • Curriculum development leaders
  • Educational researchers
  • Faculty members in institutions of higher education
  • Leaders in schools and school districts



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Key Benefits:

AULA’s Education programs are at the forefront of developing the next wave of progressive teachers, leaders, and activists looking to bring about lasting, positive reform. Students say that our friendly, flexible, and student-centered atmosphere makes all the difference. The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses of Antioch University offer mission-consistent options that are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

  • Small class sizes for more personalized attention
  • A cohort model that encourages an engaging, collaborative environment
  • Narrative grades and learning assessments rather than letter grades
  • A curriculum that emphasizes liberation pedagogy, teaching the “ought” of what education can and should be versus the status quo
  • The ability to apply to the program with evidence that you are registered for the CBEST
  • A Capstone Project enabling students to integrate theory into their personal and professional practices
  • Personalized support when applying for a TEACH Grant or Financial Aid
  • The ability to fast track into the Teacher Credentialing program from the BA program


The curriculum consists of six half-time quarters where candidates develop a systems approach to social justice and sustainability-oriented educational leadership perspectives along with a variety of elective courses to best suit their area of interest and Department goals. The degree culminates with candidates sitting an oral Capstone experience that is based on research and learning they will have conducted within the program.

Candidates are assigned to a faculty advisor when they are accepted into the Program and work closely with their advisor to tailor the degree to meet their needs and allow them to pursue their individual interests.

Required Courses:

  • TEP 623 – Review of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • TEP 629A – Educational Research: Inquiry II (3 credits)
  • TEP 526 – Systems Thinking (3 credits)
  • TEP 638 – Leadership & Change (3 credits)

Elective Courses:

  • TEP 500B – Grassroots Organizing for Social Justice (3 credits)
  • TEP 531C – Enhancing English Language Development With Literature (3 credits)
  • TEP 603B – Graduate Seminar (1-6 credits)
  • TEP 603H – Graduate Seminar: History of Ideas (3 credits)
  • TEP 606 – Diversity in Schools (3-4 credits)
  • TEP 634 – Critical Media Literacy (3 credits)
  • TEP 637 – Global Perspectives in an Era of Change (3 credits)
  • TEP 639 – Global Perspectives in an Era of Change II (3 credits)
  • TEP 642 – Current Trends in Neuroscience (3-4 credits)
  • TEP 643 – Advanced Leadership (3-4 credits)
  • TEP 644 – Education-Community Contexts & Interactions (3-4 credits)
  • TEP 645 – An Intro to Ecoliteracy (3-4 credits)
  • TEP 647 – Grant Proposal Development (3 credits)
Total Quarter Units = 45

* This list represents potential course offerings. Not all courses will be available to all students.

View the Winter 2016 Course Schedule

Admissions Process

Three easy steps to apply:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Submit official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university to AULA Admissions.
3. Learn more about the specific application requirements for this program.

Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230.

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the following term(s):

QuarterInternational Application*Priority Application**Final Application***Classes Begin
Winter 2017October 24, 2016October 24, 2016ClosedJanuary 3, 2017
Spring 2017January 26, 2017January 26, 2017February 17, 2017April 3, 2017
Summer 2017April 24, 2017April 24, 2017May 19, 2017July 5, 2017
Fall 2017July 24, 2017July 24, 2017August 18, 2017October 2, 2017

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH)

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Contact the financial aid office for more information. More information on the TEACH Grant here.


Number of Units taken in a Quarter Cost per Quarter
24+ units $7,000 (plus $700 per each unit over 23 units)
13-23 units $7,000
5-12 $4,200
1-4 units $700 per unit
Please note: Additional fees for all Antioch University Los Angeles programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks. For a complete list of applicable fees, please visit the AULA Catalog.

For further information, contact Student Accounts at (310) 578-1080 ext. 405, or 413.


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Antioch University Los Angeles is located on three floors of an unassuming office building at 400 Corporate Pointe in Culver City. But don’t let our address or building fool you.

Our intimate campus crackles with life, as students explore eye-opening, sometimes radical new ways to look at the world. Inside our comfortable classrooms, they engage in heady dialogue with each other and with their instructors, who encourage out-of-the box thinking and novel approaches to longstanding problems. The lively conversations spill over into our courtyard, where you can find students collaborating on projects, socializing over a meal at the café, or enjoying some solitude in the California sunshine.

It may not look like a traditional university campus, but then, there’s nothing traditional about AULA. We have no sprawling green quads, no Ultimate Frisbee games, no music pumped out of dorm room windows. What we offer instead is a place that nurtures and develops your academic interests and professional goals, providing unique, customizable degree programs and unparalleled faculty support.

If you want to be part of a passionate community of learners, to take part in eye-opening conversations on issues that matter and experience the occasional mind-blowing revelation, we invite you to visit us. We think you’ll like what you see.


Why Antioch University Los Angeles?


As a student...
  • Study with like-minded adult students in a cohort model to encourage a collaborative, supportive environment.
  • Balance work, personal life, and your studies with our flexible schedule designed for working adults.
  • Study with our internationally-recognized faculty members who bring their unmatched knowledge, passion, and commitment into every course.
 As a graduate...
  • Advance your career by applying your new skills in a position of leadership.
  • Continue your education – our graduates have been accepted to top-tier doctoral programs.
  • Stay connected through our growing Alumni Community.

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