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

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
  • Employment in a position with ongoing access to a California school to complete educational leadership administrative activities and a site-based supervisor to participate in EDUC X397A and EDUC X397B Supervised Administrative Field Work (please note that X397A is taken prior to X397B, not concurrently) along with completing the California Administrative Performance Assessment (CalAPA), including data collection, instructional coaching, consulting with stakeholders, conducting and recording meetings with school personnel, and classroom videotaping

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 online application consists of:

  1. $75 non-refundable and non-transferable application fee
  2. Copy of current valid life or clear California teaching or service credential or credentials
  3. Copy of basic skills requirement
  4. Official verification of most recent and current five years of full-time employment on a valid California teaching or services credential
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. References
  7. Unofficial transcript from the accredited institution you earned your teaching or services credential

For detailed information on the documents included in the application packet, visit the program’s Student Handbook. Please DO NOT include your full social security number in the application documents and submit the required documents in PDF format.

Credential programs may have different application deadlines. Please visit the application website to view the application dates and deadlines.

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.

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
  • 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.

California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA)

In addition to the 10 required coursework, candidates are expected to complete the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA). The CalAPA is a performance-based assessment completed by the candidate concurrently with the required content courses and fieldwork. The assessment on average includes 25 hours of additional work, which are hours outside the completion of the courses.

Successful completion of the CalAPA demonstrates achieving competence as expected for entry-level administration. Students must meet the CTC established passing score on the CalAPA. Students upload cycles to CTC’s exam site. Successful completion of the CalAPA Cycles along with successful completion of all the program requirements are required for all PASC candidates in order to be recommended for their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

To learn more about the performance assessment, please visit CalAPA Performance Assessment Overview on the CTC’s website.


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Approximate Cost $5,860
Format Hybrid
Duration 12-24 months
Total Credits 36
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Course Schedule

You must apply and be officially admitted to the Preliminary ASC program prior to enrolling in any of the required credential courses. Candidates must complete EDUC X393.71 Focus on Student Achievement prior or concurrently with EDUC X393.9 Curriculum Design and Management. It is recommended candidates enroll concurrently in a section of supervised administrative field work with EDUC X393.1 and EDUC X393.5 in order to work on the CalAPA as a part of their field work activities. In addition, candidates must complete supervised administrative fieldwork, EDUC X397A prior to enrolling in supervised administrative fieldwork, EDUC X397B. Course schedules are subject to change.

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