At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

15–24 months

Cost per unit


Base cost





*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.


APU’s Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I offers a combined program that qualifies educators to serve as effective instructional leaders in administrative roles. The program emphasizes a strong Christian approach and incorporates four integrative themes into all coursework: collaborative leadership and decision making for effective culturally diverse schools, instructional system design/management, care and enhancement of individuals, and moral/ethical development of students and staff.

Some students need only a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I, also offered separately at APU in a flexible online or on-campus format.

Students interested in earning their master’s degree and credential on campus can choose to complete APU’s M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I program.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Gain the professional advantage and added marketability of holding both a master’s degree and credential.
  • Benefit from online coursework aligned with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL).
  • Learn from faculty with years of experience, many actively practicing school administration.
  • Integrate rigorous scholarly work with the distinct tenets of the Christian faith.
  • Complete your degree and credential in a dynamic online environment without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student interaction.
  • Study at a top-ranked, accredited university known for quality in academics and successful graduates.

This online degree is offered by APU’s School of Education. View additional graduate education programs.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.