Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)

Blended or Online 24 units * 14 months
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Program Highlights & Benefits

14 month program, including summer and holiday breaks

Meets all CTC and WASC standards and credential requirements

Eligible to solely earn credential

Flexible practicum schedule allows for most hours to be completed at your own school

For

Experienced educators who aspire to become the next generation of school leaders embodying the values of 21st century learning.

What You Learn

The program equips aspiring administrators to make strategic decisions, effectively lead, nurture, and sustain school cultures conducive to student learning. MAED coursework integrates applicable research and initiatives enabling teachers to become leaders in elementary and secondary education, and develop collaborative action research skills. Students will learn how to collaborate, communicate, think critically, and creatively lead the schools of tomorrow.

How You Learn

Blended Option: This is a blended cohort program offered on the Irvine campus. Each term, cohorts will complete one course and a practicum every eight weeks. Three of the six content courses will meet face-to-face from 4:30-8:30 p.m. during weeks 1, 3, 5 and 8. The other three courses will meet online asynchronously during which candidates actively engage with each other through reflective thought, shared experiences, and peer collaboration. There are three mandatory Saturday symposiums during the program that take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on campus in Irvine (for local residents) and virtually (for students outside of a 70-mile radius to campus). Your practicum courses will take place concurrently with your other courses in order to accelerate your completion time. All students must have access to a computer with high quality internet connection and Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word and PowerPoint).

Online Option: This is an online cohort program. Each term, cohorts will complete one course and a practicum every eight weeks. Classes will meet online synchronously for three of the six content courses with live virtual sessions during weeks 1, 3, 5 and 8. The additional 3 content courses will meet online asynchronously. Your practicum courses will take place concurrently with your other courses in order to accelerate your completion time. There are three mandatory Saturday symposiums during the program that take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on campus in Irvine (for local residents) and virtually (for students outside of a 70-mile radius to campus). All online students must have access to a computer with high quality internet connection and Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word and PowerPoint). Online synchronous students must have a web camera and a microphone.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for the California Administrator Performance Assessment through content and experiences embedded in the Administrative program. Possible career opportunities include:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • District Administrator

Prerequisites

In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, the following are prerequisites for admission to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) program. (1) Documentation of at least two years of successful teaching or counseling experience. (2) A valid CA clear teaching credential or PPS credential. (3) Original CBEST or Verified copy of your CBEST.

Course List

CourseTitleHours
EDUA 556Legal and Political Aspects in Education3
EDUA 557Human Resources3
EDUA 558Financial Resources3
EDUA 561Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement & Promote Equity3
EDUA 562Facilitating Communities of Practice3
EDUA 563Supporting Teacher Growth3
 Total Core Curriculum Semester Hours:18 Units

Fieldwork Experience

EDUA 590Administrative Practicum3
EDUA 591Advanced Administrative Practicum3
 Total Fieldwork Semester Hours:6 Units


Note: Each practicum has a three term duration (EDUA 590A, 590B, 590C and EDUA 591A, 591B, 591C). The units and the final grade are only posted to the third term. There is a fee for each practicum.

Credential Total: 24 Semester Hours

CalAPA: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has implemented the California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA) requirement to obtain a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC). Concordia University Irvine has responded to this condition by embedding the required assessment content into the PASC program. The PASC program offers three leadership courses that prepares candidates for the three CalAPA cycles. Students are well equipped to pass the CalAPA as they complete the cycles throughout their program.

ACSA: Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is honored to be recognized as the only university in the state of California to have an exclusive partnership with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Each new student enrolled in the Educational Administration program is automatically enrolled in the CUI ACSA Student Chapter, unless otherwise voiced. CUI graciously pays the membership fee to ensure every Educational Administration candidate has the unparalleled benefits of being an ACSA member. ACSA is the leading professional organization in the state which provides unique opportunities for student members; including an invitation to attend local and regional ACSA network events, professional conferences, professional development, as well as subscriptions to the EdCal weekly newsletter, and Leadership magazine. The most unique opportunity for Educational Administration students is the ability to network with regional superintendents, district administrators, and local school principals on a regular basis.

 

Note:

All courses are listed in numerical order. They are not listed in the order in which they will be offered. All courses subject to change.