Effective educational leaders strive for educational opportunities that are driven by equity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. The Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is designed for individuals who aspire to be quality-driven school leaders, responsible for empowering engaged, inspired, and successful learners. This program will provide you with educational leadership skills and knowledge through a variety of online coursework and field experiences that are tied to the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs) and lead to licensure in the State of California. Coursework and field experience collectively prepare you for the California Administrator Performance Assessment.
California Administrator Performance Assessments (Cal APA) Preparation
In addition to required coursework and field work, candidates are required to pass three cycles of the California Administrator Performance Assessments (CalAPA) to be recommended for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Program curriculum, including field experiences, are designed to prepare aspiring administrators for successful completion of the California Administrator Performance Assessments requirement. A total of three CalAPA cycles are completed during the program. Additional support systems are available for students with areas of improvement. Remediation plans include one on one faculty support tailored to the students' area(s) of need.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, experienced leaders in the education industry, have been deeply involved with the development of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. Professor Fisher is the Department Chair of Educational Leadership and oversees the Administrative Services program. Nancy Frey will be co-teaching several courses in the program, including EDL 650, Professional Growth Leadership. Both professors have won Faculty Monty Awards at SDSU and serve the community by teaching and leading at Health Sciences High in City Heights. Fisher and Frey designed the entire learning experience and will be personally involved in the field placement experiences to ensure students get the most out of the Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.
Online Administrative Credential Program
Fall 2020 Start Date: August 24. Cal State Application Deadline: July 1.
Program Application Deadline: July 1.
Submitting Your Transcripts
Note: If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU. We have access to this information.
Official transcripts must be submitted by July 1 from the granting institution. They can be sent via email or mail.
- To check the status of your transcripts and test scores, see SDSU WebPortal.
Transcripts must be sent by the institution
Have your official test scores and transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:
When requesting an electronic transcript, you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them emailed to: TranscriptsForSDSU@sdsu.edu.
- SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.
- SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.
Have mailed transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:
SDSU - Enrollment Services
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
Information on submitting transcripts can also be found at: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/apply/step3.html
What to Expect from the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program
Student cohorts begin the program in spring or fall semesters. Each cohort includes approximately 25–35 students, all of whom are working professionals in public or private schools or other educational settings. Coursework is completed in 1 year, over 3 semesters (e.g., spring, summer, and fall). Your cohort is your learning community — it also serves as a support system providing encouragement as needed.
Classes are online and self-directed. Expect to spend 10 hours per week on the learning platform and completing coursework. In addition, you will complete job-embedded tasks that allow you to practice leadership. Field experiences are required and are supervised by university instructors along with a local site mentor.
Four years of teaching experience, Clear CA credential, and recommendation from site supervisor to be submitted through department application.
Fall 2020 Online PASC Cohort Sequence
Class Meeting Dates (7 week courses w/ some overlapping in the summer and fall semesters)
|Fall 2020||EDL 650 Professional Growth Leadership|
|Fall 2020||EDL 652 Instructional Improvement Leadership|
|Fall 2020||EDL 655 Communication, Problem-Solving and Decision Making in PK-12 Systems|
|Fall 2020||EDL 640 Community Leadership|
|Spring 2021||EDL 630 School Improvement Leadership|
|Spring 2021||EDL 610 Visionary Leadership|
|Spring 2021||EDL 660 Field Experience|
|Spring 2021||EDL 680 Seminar: Evidence-Based Leadership|
|Summer 2021||EDL 600 Organizational and System Leadership|
|Summer 2021||EDL 660 Field Experience|
|Additional Courses for MA|
|Summer 2021||ED 690|
|Fall 2021||ED 795A|
|Fall 2021||ED 795B|
Curriculum developed by SDSU College of Education faculty, some of who sit on the design team of the new California Administrator Performance Assessment.
Interested in an MA in Educational Leadership?
After completing the Online Administrative Services Credential, only three additional courses are required for the master's program. If you are interested in the master's program, please submit an application through Cal State Apply before April 10, 2020.
MA in PK-12 Educational Leadership + Online Administrative Credential
Cal State Application Deadline: April 10.
Program Application Deadline: May 10.
GRE and TOEFL scores DUE at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
All students should apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible.
Only students admitted to this program may register.