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 hours to be completed at your own school


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

What You Learn

The program integrates the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to become highly accomplished professionals and outstanding leaders of public and non-public educational institutions, including the ability to be proactive and decisive with a moral and ethical commitment to the organization’s mission, the cognitive and communication skills necessary to facilitate meaningful change and flexibility in using decision-making and motivational strategies for effective stewardship of time, resources, and personnel. 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 every eight weeks. Three 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 Saturday symposiums during the program that take place on campus in Irvine from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. A practicum meeting will follow at 12:15 p.m. with your supervisor. Also, your practicum courses will take place concurrently with your other courses in order to accelerate your completion time.

Online Option: This is an online cohort program. Each term, cohorts will complete one course every eight weeks. Classes will meet online for three courses with synchronous sessions during weeks 1, 3, 5 and 8. The other 3 courses will meet online asynchronously. Your practicum courses will take place concurrently with your other courses in order to accelerate your completion time. All online students must have access to a computer with internet connection, web camera, and 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


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 teaching credential or PPS credential. (3) Original CBEST or Verified copy of your CBEST.

Course List

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


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.