At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

15 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.

Administrative Services Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I program prepares candidates for administrative responsibilities in a variety of educational settings and contexts. Prospective administrators gain a strong conceptual knowledge of how students learn and the leadership and management actions necessary to support student learning through examining best leadership practices and school policies. Embedded field experiences allow candidates to engage in hands-on learning, applying the knowledge and skills from their courses to their school environment.

Most students complete the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I with the M.A. in Educational Leadership in a combined program also offered at APU in an on-campus or online format.

For students interested in earning their credential online, APU offers the Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I.

Program Highlights

  • If you have your master's degree, serve as an administrator while completing your credential through the internship credential program.
  • Progressing through the program with the same group of peers allows you to collaborate with others actively working in school administration.
  • Learn from expert faculty with years of experience, many actively working in school administration.
  • Benefit from a program grounded in a Christian worldview that emphasizes an ethical approach and cultural sensitivity.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

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.