Masters in Education Leadership with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration, with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

School administrators are vital to the success of our educational systems and the communities they serve. As the demand for qualified educational professionals continues to grow, job diversity within the field offers new opportunities for development. Many educators desire to become elementary, middle, and high school principals who are responsible for managing daily school activities, coordinate curricula, and oversee staff.

The job outlook for Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals in America is best for candidates with a master's degree and teaching experience according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[1]. Other opportunities for graduates with master’s degrees in leadership and administration include becoming instructional coordinators, academic officers, school deans and university chancellors.  

Why Educational Leadership and Administration at Brandman?

Brandman University's MA in Educational Leadership and Administration with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential degree will give you the theory and practice you need to assume the multiple roles required for effectively managing schools and districts not only today, but well into the future. Designed specifically for the lifestyles of working professionals, the program combines the efficiency and convenience of online learning with the rich experience of face-to-face cohort learning.  Fieldwork is included in every course to apply learning and to help build a portfolio of experience throughout the entire program. 

Program Benefits

  • Advanced Curriculum:  Based on industry best practices, curriculum focuses on an array of topics to help you advance your school system and propel your career with 21st century skills.
  • High Standards:  Courses are fully aligned with the new state leadership standards and includes requirements for a Preliminary Services Certificate of Eligibility or Credential.
  • Comprehensive Support:  In addition to expert faculty, who are leadership practitioners, each cohort has a leadership coach to help you thrive academically and professionally.

Get started on your degree with Brandman University, an NCATE accredited institution providing excellence in teacher preparation. Contact us today at (800) 746-0082.

Clear Administrative Services Credential

Do you need a Clear Administrative Services Credential?  The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership students have the opportunity to add the Administrative Services Credential Clear Induction Program (ASC CIP) to their course of study. This option allows Ed.D. students to pursue their credential in conjunction with their doctoral degree for an additional fee.

Brandman’s ASC CIP benefits include:

  • Professional learning and assessment of skills 
  • Personal coaching and mentoring
  • 40 hours of induction coaching per year, embedded into the two years of coursework
  • Ed.D. courses meet the requirements for CSPEL professional learning hours
  • Credential credits are offered at a reduced rate via our school of Extended Education

Ed.D credential students must:

  • Be admitted and concurrently enrolled in Brandman University’s, Education Doctorate in Organizational Leadership program
  • Possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential**
  • Be employed in a position requiring an Administrative Services Credential***
  • Take three coaching strands per year for a total of six credits in two years.
  • Complete all induction program E-Portfolio components and requirements demonstrating competency in each of the six of CPSELs
  • Provide verification of successful experience in a full-time administrative position at the time of filing for the clear administrative services credential

Questions about program requirements and scheduling? Please contact the School of Education at (866) 685-8793

* This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

**Eligibility questions please contact Teacher Accreditation Department at (949) 341-9899.

***Students must provide Verification of Employment Form completed by employer.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section).
  • Valid California clear prerequisite credential
  • Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests or a valid California Credential that required passage of basic skills to receive the credential
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • If the candidate is not currently employed in a position requiring a “basic” CTC credential, he/she must submit a letter identifying the school and principal under whom field work assignments will be completed. The supervising principal must hold a clear Professional Administrative Services Credential.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:


Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
calculated in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses:

EDAD 601 Introduction to Vision, Leadership and Change 3
EDAD 602 Applied Educational Research & Data Analysis 3
EDAD 604 Community Perspectives, Collaboration & School Culture 3
EDAD 606 Change & Continuous Improvement 3
EDAD 608 School Law, School wide Discipline & Safety 3
EDAD 610 Innovations in Instructional Leadership 3
EDAD 612 Working with Diverse Populations 3
EDAD 614 Aligning Resources & Systems for School Improvement 3
EDAD 616 Professional Growth and Learning 3
EDAD 695 Educational Leadership Seminar I 1
EDAD 696 Educational Leadership Seminar II 1
EDAD 697 Educational Leadership Seminar III 1
EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar* 1
EDAD 620 Educational Leadership & Administration Capstone 3


*EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Seminar is only required for those candidates serving under an Internship Credential.


Total Credits Required: 33-34
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