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Course Requirements

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 580
Leadership Induction
EDL 581
Research and Leadership
EDL 582
Cornerstones of Educational Leadership*
EDL 583
Educational Leadership and Change
EDL 584
Policy and Politics of Educational Leadership
EDL 585
Leadership in a Legal Culture
EDL 586
Leadership Performance Assessment
Credential and master’s degree36 units
Intership credential and master’s degree36 units

*EDL 582 is not required for candidates with a master's degree in education.


All School of Education degree, credential, and non-degree candidates must register for and establish an electronic portfolio account through TaskStream for the duration of their studies. The candidate’s electronic portfolio will be contributed to throughout the program of study and will include the course signature assignments and other key assessments as required by the candidate’s degree or credential program. The signature assignments are critical to program improvement efforts and to the School of Education’s continuing accreditation. A candidate’s final course grade for courses with a signature assignment cannot be submitted until all necessary assessments have been uploaded to TaskStream. Successful evaluation of the electronic portfolio is required for degree completion and/or recommendation for a credential to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

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 the 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

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.