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Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Credential Programs

Administrative Services Credentials

Certification of school administrators is established through a two-tiered credentialing process.

Upon completion of all Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program coursework and requirements (Tier 1), candidates apply to the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate has no expiration date and authorizes the holder to seek an administrative position. The Certificate informs the future employing school district/agency of eligibility to serve. Once the candidate accepts employment as an administrator, the candidate applies to the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential authorizing the candidate to serve as an administrator in the state of California. Once issued, the Preliminary Credential is valid for five (5) years and it is not renewable.

The Professional Administrative Services Credential (Tier 2) cannot be pursued until the candidate is employed in a position requiring an administrative credential. Once issued, it is valid for five years and is renewable subject to fulfillment of professional development requirements (see complete description of the Professional Administrative Services Credential program below).

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (code 501)


The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. 15 upper-division units in education, including EDP 400 or equivalent.
  • 3. Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 4. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • 5. An entity that operates a program for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential shall determine, prior to recommending a candidate for the credential, that the candidate possesses a baccalaureate degree and a valid teaching credential; or a services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services, library services, health services, or clinical rehabilitative services; or a designated subjects credential and a baccalaureate degree.


An application and directions can be downloaded at Preference will be given to individuals with 3 or more years of classroom teaching and/or related educational experiences.


Prerequisite: Enrollment in courses is contingent upon acceptance in the Educational Administration program and the University. Candidates who have not been accepted in the program may not enroll in Educational Administration courses.

1. Take all of the following:

  • EDAD 541 Leadership, Organizational Management, and Ethics (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.
  • EDAD 544 Legal Aspects of Education: Implications and Applications for School Leadership (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541.
  • EDAD 647A Fiscal Resources in Educational Admin (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541.
  • EDAD 647B Human Resources in Educational Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541.
  • EDAD 649 Urban Schools and Communities: Academic, Social, Political, and Cultural Issues (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541.
  • EDAD 677A Curriculum/Program Development and Evaluation (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541. Corequisites: EDAD 677B.
  • EDAD 677B Instructional Leadership & Assessment (3)
    Prerequisites: EDAD 541. Corequisites: EDAD 677A.
  • EDAD 680 Field Experience in Educational Admin (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to program, EDAD 541, completion of at least three additional courses in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program, consent of instructor.

2. The CBEST must be passed prior to entrance into EDAD 680. The CBEST must be taken no later than the second available test administration date following enrollment in the program.

Exit Requirements

  • 1. Verification of three years of successful experience in a position requiring one of the credentials in Item #2 of the "Clear Admission Requirements" (see above);
  • 2. Verification of completion of the State requirement of a mainstreaming course or approved equivalent coursework;
  • 3. Presentation of a professional Exit Portfolio to program faculty with program artifacts of course and field related experiences documenting the candidate's competence and readiness to serve as a school administrator.
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