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Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Offered jointly by the UCI School of Education and UCI Division of Continuing Education.


This credential authorizes the holder to provide administrative services for grades K-12 including:

  • The development and assessment of instructional programs
  • The management of school site, district, or county fiscal services; hiring, assigning, supervising, and evaluating certificated and classified personnel
  • Providing discipline to students and employees
  • Development of student support services

Who Should Enroll

Before enrolling in a preparation program for the Preliminary ASC, you should:

  • Possess a valid life or clear California teaching credential or services credential along with a baccalaureate degree and (if applicable) English learner authorization
  • Meet the basic skills requirement
  • Complete a minimum of five years of full-time service in public schools or private schools. (If you do not have the five years, please contact Education Programs at or (949) 824-7945. It may be possible to be admitted to the program and complete the five years of full-time service at the time of recommendation for the Preliminary ASC.)
  • Access to educational leadership administrative activities and site-based supervisor to participate in EDUC X397A and EDUC X397B Supervised Administrative Field Work (please note that X397A is taken prior to X398B, not concurrently)

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How to Apply

You must apply to the program prior to beginning coursework. Enrollment does not constitute admission to the program. Your completion requirements are based upon when you are admitted to the program, not when you began taking coursework.

The application packet includes the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of valid life or clear California teaching or service credential or credentials
  • Copy of basic skills requirement
  • Official verification of at least five years of full-time employment on a valid California teaching or services credential
  • Statement of Purpose
  • References

For detailed information on the documents included in the application packet, visit the program's Student Handbook.

Click here to complete the application form and to submit the required documents stated above. Please DO NOT include your full social security number in the application documents and submit the required documents in PDF format.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EDUC X393.1
Educational Leadership (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.1
EDUC X393.4
Governance, Organization, & Administration of Public Schools (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.4
EDUC X393.3
Cultural and Socioeconomic Diversity (2.00 Units)
EDUC X393.3
EDUC X393.7
Technology for Administrators (2.00 Units)
EDUC X393.7
to be scheduled      
EDUC X393.61
School Law and Fiscal Management (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.61
EDUC X393.5
Leadership in a Community Culture (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.5
EDUC X393.21
Management of Human and Material Resources (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.21
  to be scheduled    
EDUC X393.9
Curriculum Design and Management (4.00 Units)
EDUC X393.9
  to be scheduled    
Supervised Administrative Field Work (4.00 Units)
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
Supervised Administrative Field Work (4.00 Units)
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Course Requirements

Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Preliminary ASC program consists of 10 classes totaling 36 units. All coursework must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

EDUC X397A must be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC X397B.

Important: It is extremely important that you apply for either your credential or the Certificate of Eligibility immediately after completing the required coursework and performance assessment. We will not make a credential recommendation if the coursework and performance assessment have not been completed within the last 5 years.


  • How much does the program cost?
  • Fees range from $450 – $620 per course, making the total cost of tuition $5,860. There are two application fees, which you pay after you complete your coursework and when you are applying for the credential (a $127.50 application fee to UCI and a $102.50 application fee to the CTC).
  • What is a hybrid course?
  • A hybrid (also known as “blended”) course consist of instruction that is a combination of some on campus (face-to-face) and online learning.
  • What is the program/course structure? Is this program entirely online?
  • The program consists of 10 courses that are online, hybrid, or on campus. This program cannot be completed entirely online. Six of those courses are held on the UCI campus as face to face lecture courses, while two are completely online and the other remaining two are independent study with an online course site. The on campus courses are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting as early as 6:30 p.m. and going as late as 9:20 p.m.
  • Following the completion of the courses and performance assessment, what next steps are involved?
  • Submit an application packet to the Credential Analyst at the UCI School of Education. You will need to submit the following documents and materials to process your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Certificate of Eligibility:
    • One official sealed transcript reflecting grades for all required courses
    • Completed credential application (download from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website)
    • Official verification for 5 years of full-time employment on a valid California teaching or service credential if not submitted at the time of admissions
    • Verification of employment as an administrator or complete a certificate of eligibility
    • A valid credit or debit card will be necessary to make payment directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing via CTC website (You will receive email directions after your application has been submitted by the credential analyst.)
    • A $127.50 application fee to UC Regents. UCI charges $127.50 for processing the Preliminary ASC credential recommendation. This fee is in addition to the $102.50 fee paid to the CTC.
  • How do I prove to my school district that I will be receiving the credential?
  • Once all required documents are submitted and the credential analyst has processed your credential recommendation with the CTC, you will receive an email requesting payment from the CTC. For more detailed directions on how to pay for your credential after UCI has recommended you, go to CTC's Quick tips-How to Complete Your Online Recommendation. After payment is received and the CTC completes your application process, you will receive a second email confirming the payment for your credential. You can use this email as verification for your district that your credential is being processed. Recommendations completed online are normally processed within 10 working days and posted to the CTC website. Employers and education agencies seeking proof that a document has been granted by the Commission may use the “Search for an Educator” button on the CTC website and key in the SS# and DOB of the person whom they wish to verify to view the electronically displayed information for the official record.
  • What if I have completed the coursework and performance assessment, but I do not yet have a job as an administrator?
  • It is still very important to submit all of the documents required above EXCEPT for the verification of employment as an administrator to the credential analyst. The credential analyst will apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, which has no expiration date. You will indicate on your downloaded CTC application you are applying for your Certificate of Eligibility under Term. Once you obtain an administrative position, you and your school district will need to file for your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential with the CTC.
  • What will I do to renew the Preliminary Administrative Credential?
  • In order to clear the credential you must complete a Clear Administrative Services Credential program and be recommended for the clear credential. See the UCI Division of Continuing Education website for more information on the Clear Administrative Services Credential program. Note: To be admitted to UCI Division of Continuing Education's Clear Credential, you must enroll in the program within 120 days of your initial hire as an administrator.

Supervised Administrative Fieldwork

Candidates for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential conduct Supervised Administrative Fieldwork under the guidance of a Site Mentor selected by the candidate. The required 80-hours of Fieldwork may include activities such as:

  • serving as a grade-level or department leader,
  • leading a committee or working with a parent advisory group,
  • serving on a planning team, or
  • planning and implementing a large event at the site, district, or organization level.

Evidence of completion of activities aligned to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSEL) are maintained and submitted at specific points during the experience.

Performance Assessment

The Preliminary ASC program requires the successful completion of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing performance based assessment (CalAPA). The CalAPA is a performance based assessment completed by the candidate concurrently with the required content courses and fieldwork. Successful completion of the CalAPA demonstrates achieving competence as expected for entry-level administration. The CalAPA for students enrolling after June 1, 2018 will be locally scored. Students enrolling after June 1, 2019 must meet the CTC established passing score on the CalAPA.

Advisory Committee

  • Susan Belenardo, Superintendent (retired), La Habra City USD
  • Liane Brouillette, Associate Professor, UCI School of Education
  • Monica Colunga, Principal, Irvine Unified School District
  • Catherine D’Aoust, Coordinator, Instructional Services (retired), Saddleback Valley USD
  • David Lim, Credential Analyst and Counselor, UCI School of Education
  • Virginia Panish, Director of Teacher Education, UCI School of Education
  • Tim Reece, Principal, Capistrano USD
  • Robert Taylor, Superintendent, Walnut Valley USD
  • Matthew Witmer, Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources, Walnut Valley USD

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.