Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier 1)

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You are eligible for the Credential if you ...

  • Hold a California teaching, pupil personnel, health, librarian or clinical rehabilitative services credential,
  • Have three years of experience in a position requiring one of those credentials,
  • Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), and
  • Complete a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.

Core Courses (45 units)

The first tier program requires that you earn 45 semester units of credit over four semesters through core courses and fieldwork. All students participate in our credential program in cohort groups, thereby developing close faculty/student relationships.

Core Courses
Course Description Units
EdAd 200 School Administrator: The Manager 3
EdAd 201 School Administrator: The Leader 3
EdAd 202 School Administrator: The Educator 3
EdAd 203 School Administrator: Human Resources Administrator 3
EdAd 204 School Administrator: Fiscal and Legal Leadership 3
EdAd 205 School Administrator: Leader in the Community 3
EdAd 206 School Administrator: The Advocate for All Students 3
EdAd 242 Field Work in School Administration for teachers. 24

24 units of Field Work taken over four semesters is required.

Administrative Field Work

During your second year in the program, you apply your administrative skills in real world settings through EdAd 242, Administrative Field Work. You will earn 24 units of credit over 2 semesters.


In your final semester, you will present a portfolio to your work supervisor and university advisor as representation of your knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors in educational administration.

For additional information, please call us at 408.924.3616.