Student Outcomes

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Department of Leadership Studies

Alumni Outcomes

Graduates of the Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) at the University of San Diego join an alumni community of nearly 250 educational leaders working in over 100 schools and district offices across California. Upon completion of the LEAP program, candidates interested in pursuing further study may choose to apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program and/or the M.A. in Leadership Studies with a specialization in PK-12 Public/Private School Leadership. SOLES also offers a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a specialization in PK-12 Public/Private School Leadership for candidates who hold master's degrees.

Testimonials from graduates of ELDA Programs

"The Masters Degree I earned through the ELDA program provided me with the perfect balance of theory and practice through outstanding professors and excellent mentors who opened their own leadership practice to me and allowed me to grow through practical application."

Daniel Lang, ELDA ’11
Head of Middle School, Francis Parker School

"The sustaining support of an exemplary faculty provided innumerable opportunities for self reflection and critical evaluation skills. The ELDA program prepared me in the best possible way to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of educational leadership."

Elizabeth Joseph, ELDA '10
Vice Principal, St. Michael's School

"Through the ELDA program at the University of San Diego, I obtained the necessary management skills and educational leadership training to lead Our Lady's School with confidence and faith."

Noel Bishop, ELDA ’04
Principal, Our Lady’s School