The Online M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I includes seven courses. Field experience is embedded in three of the courses:
EDL 580Leadership Induction
EDL 581Research and Leadership*
EDL 582Cornerstones of Educational Leadership*
EDL 583Educational Leadership and Change
EDL 584Policy and Politics of Educational Leadership
EDL 585Leadership in a Legal Culture
EDL 586Leadership Performance Assessment
|Credential and master’s degree||36 units|
|Intership credential and master’s degree||36 units|
*EDL 581 and EDL 582 are not required for candidates with a master's degree in education.
Students are required to enroll in TaskStream, which includes an online portfolio assessment system to facilitate teacher candidate evaluation. Students create electronic portfolios to showcase and document their competencies and experiences with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs), share artifacts or the entire portfolio with instructors and advisors for feedback and review online, submit sections of their portfolio or the entire body of work for evaluation online, and track their progress toward certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need to be online for the online program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time or designated time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each nine-week course.
How many units do I take each term?
Students may take no more than 6 units per term.
How long is a term?
Each term is 9–10 weeks with five terms offered per year.
Will I have to complete any part of my Online M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your leadership degree and credential entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.
Is a California Teaching Credential (CTC) required?
Yes, a CTC is required if you are pursuing a Tier I credential.
How many units can I transfer?
Appropriate transfer work may be accepted toward a master's degree. Transfer units may not exceed 20 percent of the units required for the master's degree. Contact your program representative or the Office of Graduate Registrar for more information.
Are scholarships available?
Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.
How do I get started?
Online programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university's more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, please contact one of our recruitment counselors at (800) 825-5278 or at email@example.com.