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Education: Preliminary Administrative Services Credential - 26 units

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The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) program prepares educators to become leaders in public school settings. The PASC is often paired with the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program works closely with school districts to provide experiences grounded in the real issues facing public school leaders. The program develops each student’s understanding of basic school administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy. Graduates of the program often seek district level administrative positions.

Candidates are prepared to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Completion of this Level I administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in the California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Professional Standards for School Leaders.

Prior to recommendation for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential certification, the University faculty determine eligibility based on fully documented evidence that each student has demonstrated satisfactory performance on the full range of standards set forth by the CTC.


This program prepares candidates for leadership positions as school principals and a variety of school leadership positions for which the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is required. It prepares educational leaders who can develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs; evaluate and supervise certificated and classified personnel, facilitate and manage safe and secure school learning environments, manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services; and develop, coordinate and supervise student support services.

Admission to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program

1. Application - Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education. Applications to the School of Education are available online at: http://education.csuci.edu/credentials/apply-now.htm
2. One set of Official Transcripts - One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.
3. CBEST Examination - Copy of card indicating passage of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or verification that you have taken the test prior to admission to the program. Passage of CBEST is required for certification.
4. California Teaching Credential - Copy of a valid California teaching credential requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching; or a valid California Designated Subjects teaching credential provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree; or a valid California services credential in Pupil Personnel Services, Health Services, Library Media Teacher Services, or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a profession preparation program including field practice or the equivalent submitted to the School of Education.
5. Experience - Documentation of at least three years of full-time successful teaching experience (substitute or part-time service does not apply).
6. Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work at least one of whom is the candidate’s current school administrator.
7. Interview - Interview with School of Education Admissions Committee.
8. Writing Sample - A written statement of purpose (500- 600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to be a school administrator serving the children and families of the diverse communities of California. This essay will include reflection on personal professional goals and ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.

Required Courses for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential - 26 units

Program Maintenance Requirements: As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term as part of the Professional Development and Field Experience Courses (EDPL 631- EDPL 632)

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