Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

This credential program is designed for individuals seeking a career in school administration and educational leadership. Graduates may be eligible to be recommended for a certificate of eligibility or preliminary administrative services credential needed to serve as a school site/district administrator.

Program Overview

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential requires candidates to complete nine courses in Educational Leadership and Administration and three, 1-credit leadership seminar courses. The program features a cohort model and the courses are sequential and must be taken in order.   

As a student, you will:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate an actionable and sustainable vision of teaching and learning that is responsive to the changing context of a given school and local education agency.
  • Strategically design continuous improvement plans based on analysis of program assessment data.
  • Advocate for the school and communicate its successes, needs and challenges with a broad range of audiences through a variety of media to achieve the school’s vision and goals. 
  • Evaluate classroom instruction using research-based instructional and assessment practices to provide focused, constructive coaching and feedback. 
  • Integrate organizational values, structures, processes, and policies in solving problems and making decisions that productively impact the school’s ability to achieve its vision and goals. 
  • Create, implement and evaluate a professional growth plan to build individual and collective capacity for leadership.

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.

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


Total Credits Required: 30-31

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

Time Limitations

All coursework must be completed within a consecutive SEVEN year period immediately prior to the awarding of the degree.

Recommendation for Credential

Upon successfully completing and passing all coursework and meeting the five years of experience on a pre-requisite credential, the candidate may apply to be recommended to the CTC for the Preliminary Administrative Services credential.  To apply for the credential, candidates complete the on-line Recommendation Form on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.  Once the recommendation is made by the Teacher Accreditation Department, candidates can submit the credential fee to the CTC for the credential.  

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