Graduate School of Education

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Program Overview

Schools today need 21st-century leaders who are knowledgeable, reflective, and have the ability to work with a diverse array of constituents. They need administrative leaders who can promote the success of their students and ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

This program prepares candidates whose future career goals include leadership within an educational organization — as principals, teachers and mentors, curriculum developers, and superintendents. Upon completion of the 9 month program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Highlights

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Course work completed in 9 months
  • 60% of face-to-face instruction and 40% online
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential completed in 21 units.
  • Weekend format (two weekends per month, Friday evening and Saturday during the day)
  • Credential programs offered in two locations: Thousand Oaks and the Santa Maria Center*
  • Expert faculty of full-time professors and highly regarded practicing educational leaders

Credential Cohort Classes

  • EDLD 502 Current Social, Cultural and Political Issues in Education
  • EDLD 504 Educational Leadership: School Law and Public Policy
  • EDLD 568 Educational Leadership: Organizational Leadership and Public Education
  • EDLD 570 Educational Leadership: Curriculum Leadership and Program Evaluation
  • EDLD 572 Educational Leadership: Managing Resources
  • EDLD 580 Educational Leadership: Organizational Transformation: Leading for Learning
  • EDLD 591 Fieldwork

 

Preliminary Course Descriptions

 

EDLD 502 Current Social, Cultural and Political Issues in Education: EDLD 502 is an in-depth systematic study of the social, cultural, and political issues and trends that affect educational leaders in today's American schools. This study is achieved through the completing of five student learning outcomes (SLOs).

EDLD 504 Educational Leadership: School Law and Public Policy

Implications and trends of court decisions at the federal, state, and local levels as they affect the role of counselor, teacher, and administrator; their impact on district policy and finance, and on district and local programs and activities.  Also studied is the importance of policy development and implementation and its impact on K-12 education.

EDLD 568 Educational Leadership: Organizational Leadership and Public Education

An overview of organizational and leadership theories and their impact on K-12 schools.    The organizational patterns of education at the federal, state, and local levels, with emphasis on the interrelationships in the educational professional bureaucracy as they relate to the framework of decision making and the functions at the local level in meeting individual student needs.

EDLD 570 Educational Leadership: Curriculum Leadership and Program Evaluation

An overview of curriculum; theory, development, organization, evaluation, improvement and implementation; historical background and comparative educational patterns; the social, psychological, and philosophical roots. Candidates learn how to evaluate curricular and instructional programs for their effective use and implementation.  Candidates learn to apply, model, and analyze both formative and summative assessment strategies and demonstrate an understanding of standards-based accountability systems.

EDLD 572 Educational Leadership: Managing Resources

People, Policy, and Practice: The processes of managing human and fiscal resources with a focus on student achievement, including the selection and hiring of employees, supervision and evaluation techniques, fiscal resources, and grant writing.

EDLD 580 Educational Leadership: Organizational Transformation: Leading for Learning

A focus on school culture and its implications for student achievement. Candidates learn formative approaches to supervision practices that increase student achievement as well as how to evaluate instruction for school improvement.  Current practices such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are studied.

EDLD 591 Fieldwork

This course provides opportunity for the candidate to work with a university supervisor on fieldwork activities specifically designed to enhance the candidate’s leadership ability.  All fieldwork assignments are tied to specific coursework each semester a candidate is enrolled in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.

Currently Accepting Applications for Summer 2015

Admission Requirements

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. $50 Application Fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts verifying bachelor's degree and any graduate work
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Recommendation Form
  7. Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores
  8. Copy of current teaching credential

Application Process

Apply Online

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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