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 preliminary administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences, students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE).
Prior to recommendation for the Certificate of Eligibility or the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, the appropriate University personnel 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
- Application - Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education. Applications are available at: https://www.calstate.edu/apply
- 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.
- Basic Skills Requirement - Provide evidence of having satisfied the basic skills requirement as outlined by CTC: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/basic-skills-requirement-(cl-667)
- Prerequisite Teaching Credential - For the Administrative Services Credential, effective July 1, 2013, a prerequisite credential is defined as:
- A valid California clear or life teaching credential requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching; or
- A valid California clear or life Designated Subjects Teaching Credential, provided the holder also possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university; or
- A valid clear or life California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Teacher Librarian Services Credential, Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential, or a School Nurse Services Credential, requiring a bachelor’s degree and a program of professional preparation, including field practice or the equivalent.
Holders of any of the other Health Services Credentials, such as the school physician, dentist, dental hygienist, optometrist, clinical psychologist, and psychiatric social worker, do not meet this requirement.
- Experience - Documentation of at least three years of full-time successful experience in schools (substitute or part-time service does not apply). Verification of experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience.
*Please note that to be recommended for the Certificate of Eligibility or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, documentation of at least five years of full-time successful experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status located in California or another state, or a combination of experience earned in California and another state. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, clinical or rehabilitative services, or a combination of teaching and school services equal to five years. Substitute or part-time service does not apply. Verification of experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience.
- 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 administrator.
- 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 must include reflection on personal professional goals and ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.
- Notification to School District Form- Application must include this form that indicates employing district has been made aware of the candidate’s intentions to enroll in the PASC program at CSU Channel Islands: https://education.csuci.edu/admissions/documents/notification-to-school-district.pdf.
- Interview - Upon review of your application materials, individuals may be invited for an interview with the Educational Leadership Admissions Committee.
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)