Program: Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Program Description

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential consists of 24 units.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Five years of professional, full-time educational experience under an appropriate credential.
  2. Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Possession of a valid California credential.
  4. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a semester system) or possession of a previous master’s degree.
  5. Successful completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST or other options as described on the Credential Office website).
  6. Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators indicating potential for administrative leadership.

B. Special Requirements

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained throughout the program.
  2. California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA).
    The California Administrator Performance Assessment consists of three leadership performance tasks which are embedded into coursework. Candidates must pass these performance tasks to be recommended for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential/Certificate of Eligibility.

C. Course Requirements

1. Required Courses (24 units)

ELPS 650 Contemporary Administrative Leadership (3)
ELPS 663 Legal Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 664 The Business and Financial Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 682 Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
ELPS 672 Management of Human Resources (3)
ELPS 675 Decision Making Simulation (3)
ELPS 681 Organization and Administration of Elementary, Secondary and Special Education (3)
ELPS 688 Fieldwork in Educational Administration (3)

All courses are required for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential/Certificate of Eligibility.

Students interested in pursuing the M.A. degree in Educational Administration and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential may do so by completing additional courses.

Total Units Required for the Credential: 24

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Chair: Miguel Ceja
Education (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential will be able to:

  1. Facilitate the development, articulation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Advocate, nurture and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Ensure management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Model a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
  6. Understand, respond to and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.