Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Options

Program options:

Department of Educational Leadership: (626) 815-5374

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program options prepare candidates to serve as effective, innovative school administrators. Graduates emerge well-equipped with advanced skills and knowledge, including best practices to fill leadership roles in pre-K-12 schools such as principal, assistant principal, district level positions, teacher leader, curriculum leader, and department chair. The programs emphasize a strong Christian perspective and provide candidates the opportunity to combine coursework with practical application to create a relevant learning experience. All course and fieldwork are aligned with the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Standards 6-11, together with a focus on the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE).

The programs are offered at the following locations and online:

  • Azusa
  • High Desert
  • Inland Empire
  • Murrieta
  • Orange County
  • San Diego

Intern Credential Candidate Requirements

  1. Contract or letter verifying the offer of employment (on the management salary schedule as an administrator not part of the teachers’ bargaining unit) at a school or district site located within 50 miles of Azusa or an APU regional campus
  2. Terms and agreements signed by the superintendent or designee
  3. Valid Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes Administrative Intern language in place between the School of Education and the employing district

Computer Requirements

To maintain a consistent and current level of instruction, each student is required to use a computer equipped with Microsoft Word and Internet access, and maintain a Taskstream student account.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential includes nine courses and three field experience courses as listed below.

Course Requirements—M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
Credential24
LDRS 542Leading Across Cultures3
EDL 588Research and Leadership3
EDL 589Case Study3
Credential and Master’s degree33

Course Requirements—M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
Credential24
LDRS 542Leading Across Cultures3
EDL 588Research and Leadership3
EDL 589Case Study3
Internship Credential and Master’s degree33

Course Requirements—Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
PASC credential 24

Course Requirements—Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
PASC Internship24

Course Requirements—M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (online)

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
Credential 24
LDRS 542Leading Across Cultures3
EDL 588Research and Leadership3
EDL 589Case Study3
Credential and master’s degree33

Course Requirements—M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential (online)

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
Intern Credential 24
LDRS 542Leading Across Cultures3
EDL 588Research and Leadership3
EDL 589Case Study3
Internship Credential and master’s degree33
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Not required of candidates with a master’s degree in education from APU.

Course Requirements—Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (online)

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
PASC credential 24

Course Requirements—Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential (online)

EDL 570Visionary Leadership3
EDL 571Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 572School Improvement Leadership3
EDL 573Professional Learning and Growth Leadership3
EDL 574Organizational and Systems Leadership3
EDL 575Community Leadership 3
EDL 576Fieldwork Introduction1
EDL 577Fieldwork Practicum2
EDL 578Fieldwork Practicum and Assessment3
PASC Internship24

Program Features

Sequenced Course Design

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program provides candidates with the opportunity to take courses with professionals who share similar goals. The course design affords the convenience and collegiality of studying with peers. The courses and accompanying requirements are designed to be completed during eight terms in approximately 20 months. Courses may be taken completely online.

Standards-based Program

This program is built on the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Standards 6-11.

Program Standard 6: Visionary Leadership

The administrative services preparation program helps the candidate develop an actionable and sustainable vision of teaching and learning that is responsive to the changing context of a given school and local education agency, including the ability to lead others in collaboratively developing, implementing, and evaluating the vision.

Program Standard 7: Instructional Leadership

The administrative service preparation program addresses the candidate’s knowledge of California student academic content and curriculum standards, research-based instructional and assessment practices, and the candidate’s ability to assess classroom instruction and provide focused, constructive feedback to teachers. The program develops candidates’ knowledge of how to integrate creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills with the content standards.

Program Standard 8: School Improvement Leadership

The administrative services preparation program aids the candidate in selecting and using data to identify what is working, diagnosing needs, and identifying opportunities for growth and change. The program develops the candidate’s knowledge about how to strategically implement appropriate and effective school improvement theories and strategies. The program increases the candidate’s capacity to communicate and lead others in continuous improvement and monitoring of these efforts based on student and school outcomes.

Program Standard 9: Professional Learning and Growth Leadership

The administrative services preparation program addresses the candidate’s ability to model professional growth, framed around principles of adult learning, and identify and facilitate focused developmentally appropriate professional growth opportunities to build individual and collective capacity. These capacities include collaborating with others to help achieve the school’s vision through professional learning focused on improving teaching and learning.

Program Standard 10: Organizational and Systems Leadership

The administrative services preparation program addresses the candidate’s ability to understand, align, effectively manage, and integrate all the organizational structures, processes, and policies of a school system that impact the school’s ability to achieve its vision and goals. These skills include an understanding of the regulatory and legal contexts involved with the management of human, fiscal and material resources.

Program Standard 11: Community Leadership

The administrative services preparation program addresses the candidate’s ability to advocate for the school and to communicate through a variety of media its successes, needs, and challenges with a broad range of audiences, collaborating with parents, the community, and others in achieving the school’s vision and goals. 

Field Experience

Candidates will participate in practical field experiences that are aligned to the coursework and designed to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts in authentic settings. Each candidate will be introduced to the major duties and responsibilities authorized by the administrative services credential as articulated in the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE). The candidate assumes leadership responsibilities at a local school or district setting under the guidance of a site supervisor and university supervisor throughout the program. Field experiences include intensive activities both in the day-to-day functions of administrators and in longer-term policy design and implementation. Coursework and field experiences work together to expand the candidate’s leadership capacity. 

Case Study

Candidates who seek the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership complete a case study (EDL579) based on a current topic of interest specific to his or her local school or district. This is the capstone project for the Master of Arts degree.

Credential-only Candidates

Credential candidates who possess a master’s degree in education may elect to complete the twenty-four unit requirement for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Acquiring the Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility

Upon completion of the program, the candidate is encouraged to apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate is evidence that the candidate has successfully met all developmental objectives and program standards to merit recommendation for the certificate. This document qualifies the candidate to apply for an entry-level administrative position in California school districts. Upon being offered an administrative position, the candidate applies for and acquires the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The administrator has five years to complete requirements for the Clear Administrative Services Credential. Candidates who do not immediately secure an administrative position apply for the Certificate of Eligibility, as there is no expiration date on the certificate.

Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential meets the need of school districts by allowing them to employ candidates who have not yet completed all credential requirements. Upon receiving an offer of employment, candidates can acquire the Internship Credential. This two-year credential entitles them to assume the full responsibilities as a California school administrator while completing the university program. Candidates benefit from joint mentoring and supervision by the university and nominating districts.

Internship Program Requirements

Administrative interns participate in the administrative credential courses along with other candidates. The Internship Credential allows them two years to complete the program. Upon completion of the program, they apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Interns who continue employment on an administrative management contract must enroll in a Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC) program within 120 days of completing the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) program.