At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

15 months

Cost per unit


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*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.

Online Administrative Credential

The Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I prepares candidates for administrative responsibilities in a variety of educational settings and contexts. Prospective administrators receive grounding in the principles of leadership practice and a broader understanding of schooling—all in a dynamic online format that allows them to complete their degree when and where they want.

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

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

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Program Highlights

  • If you have your master’s degree, serve as an administrator while completing your credential coursework.
  • Earn your credential in a flexible online environment without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student interaction.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from coursework grounded in a Christian worldview that emphasizes an ethical approach and cultural sensitivity.
  • 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.