About the Program

The M.A. in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC) offers a dynamic leadership program designed to help school administrators develop the vision and skills needed to transform educational environments. Graduates complete this program with an undeniable advantage, holding both their master's degree and credential, allowing them to meet state standards and work in public or private schools.

Program Format

At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.

Classes are scheduled just one night a week, with each class session lasting approximately four hours. Courses are specially designed to maximize your interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community.

Field Experience

Highlighted within the Field Experience Handbook, which is distributed within the first course, EDL 576 Fieldwork Introduction, coursework and field experiences are immediately applicable as resources for curriculum planning, assessment of student achievement, decision-making, and program improvement.

The candidate assumes leadership responsibilities at a local school or district setting under the guidance of a site supervisor and university mentor throughout the program. Field experiences include intensive activities both in the day-to-day functions of administrators and in longer-term policy design and implementation. These experiences are closely related to the job performance requirements of administrators. Coursework and field experiences work together to expand the candidate’s leadership capacity.

Case Study

Candidates who seek the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership complete a case study, EDL 589, based on a current topic of interest specific to their local school or district. This is the capstone project for the Master of Arts degree.

Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Internship Credential (PASC) meets the need of school districts by allowing them to employ candidates who have not yet completed all credential requirements. Upon receiving an offer of employment, candidates can immediately acquire the internship credential. This 15-month credential entitles them to assume the full responsibilities as a California school administrator while completing the university program. Candidates benefit from joint mentoring and supervision by the university and nominating districts and by attending monthly seminars with other first-year administrators.

Internship Program Requirements

Administrative interns participate in the administrative credential courses along with other candidates. The internship credential allows them two years to complete the program. Upon completion of the program, they apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential that allows them five years to complete requirements for the Clear Administrative Services Credential.

Upon or after admission to the PASC or MA program, students may contact the program to apply for their internship credential. Requirements include:

  1. Contract or letter verifying the offer of employment as an administrator (not part of the teachers bargaining unit)
  2. Terms and Agreements signed by the superintendent or designee
  3. Letter from the employing district superintendent or designee expressing willingness to collaborate with the university in the mentoring process

Acquiring the Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility

Upon completion of the program, the candidate is encouraged to apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate is evidence that the candidate has successfully met all developmental objectives and program standards to merit recommendation for the certificate. This document qualifies the candidate to apply for an entry-level administrative position in California school districts. Upon being offered an administrative position, the candidate applies for and acquires the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The administrator has five years to complete requirements for the Clear Administrative Services Credential. Candidates who do not immediately secure an administrative position apply for the Certificate of Eligibility, as there is no expiration date on the certificate.

Standards-based Program

This program is built on the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs), related to the California Administrative Services Credential Program Standards 6-11.

Program Goals

Faculty members strive to challenge students to develop visionary leadership, scholarly practice, and exemplary character and engage in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching to prepare students who are:

  • Identified as being competent, innovative, visionary leaders able to create educational environments within their organizations wholly conducive to educational programs that help connect students with schooling and their professional careers.
  • Recognized as scholarly practitioners who integrate theoretical knowledge with practical decision making, who are grounded in relevant technologies and substantive professional content, trained in skills of inquiry, capable of independent and critical thought, and who are dedicated to improving their own professional practice, as well as that of other educators.
  • Respected as individuals of high moral and ethical character who probe the deeper questions regarding the meaning of human existence and who dedicate themselves to a perpetual quest for truth as they face the contradictions inherent in the world.
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.