Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential at Brandman University is designed to produce highly effective 21st century school leaders. Specifically, this program is designed for individuals seeking a career in school administration and educational leadership.  In this credential-only option, candidates complete nine courses in educational leadership and administration and three, one-credit leadership seminar courses.  The program utilizes a cohort model and the course of study is sequential, therefore courses must be taken in a prescribed order.

In addition to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Program Standards, which include Content Knowledge Expectations and Performance Expectations, the program has been aligned to the highest national standards in leadership, including the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards. This CTC approved credential program includes the California requirements for an Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility or the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates who complete all program requirements may be eligible to be recommended for a Certificate of Eligibility or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential needed to serve as a school site/district administrator. While enrolled, students who are offered an opportunity for employment as a site or district administrator may qualify for an Internship credential.  

This program is a standalone administrative services credential that is not eligible for financial aid.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Visionary Leadership: Collaboratively develop, implement and evaluate an actionable and sustainable vision of teaching and learning that is responsive to the changing context of a given school and local education agency.
  • School Improvement Leadership: Strategically design continuous improvement plans based on analysis of program assessment data.
  • Community Leadership: Advocate for the school and communicate its successes, needs, and challenges with a broad range of audiences through a variety of media to achieve the school’s vision and goals.
  • Instructional Leadership: Evaluate classroom instruction using research-based instructional and assessment practices to provide focused, constructive coaching and feedback.
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Integrate organizational values, structures, processes, and policies in solving problems and making decisions that productively impact the school’s ability to achieve its vision and goals.
  •  Professional Learning and Growth Leadership: Create, implement, and evaluate a professional growth plan to build individual and collective capacity for leadership.

Program Start Dates

The Administrative Services Credential Program starts three times per year in Fall 1, Spring 1, or Summer 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) and possess a valid California clear prerequisite credential.
  2. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs or a valid California credential that required passage of basic skills to receive the credential.
  3. Candidates must submit a resume and a letter of intent.
  4. Two letters of recommendation are required.  These letters must be on official letterhead; must be written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic or professional setting and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses. The letters must address the candidate’s fit for the program, and cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  5. If the candidate is not currently employed in a position requiring a “prerequisite” CTC credential, he/she must submit a letter identifying the school and principal under whom field work assignments will be completed.
  6. A minimum of three years of verified full time employment under a prerequisite CTC credential at the time of admission.

Credential and Program Requirements  

  1. A minimum of five years of verified full time employment under a prerequisite CTC credential at the time of University recommendation for the credential.
  2. Earn a passing score on the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA). Candidates complete Cycle 1 in EDAD 695 Educational Leadership Seminar I, Cycle 2 in EDAD 696 Educational Leadership Seminar II and Cycle 3 in EDAD 697 Educational Leadership Seminar IIICycles are submitted through Pearson and candidates pay a fee to submit each cycle. Candidates who fail a cycle must retake the cycle and pay the associated fee. All three cycles must be passed in order to be recommended for the credential.

Internship Eligibility

Students who wish to pursue an Internship must meet all of the admission requirements of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option and:

  1. Provide verification that they have five years of full time experience under a valid prerequisite credential.
  2. Provide written evidence that they have been offered an administrative position by submitting the Brandman University Verification of Employment for Internship Credential Form to the Campus Clinical Coordinator at their campus. These forms can be obtained on MyBrandman, School of Education Services page or from the campus clinical coordinator.  These forms must be completed by the candidate.
  3. Submit the online internship recommendation credential application form found on MyBrandman, School of Education Services page prior to the start of the internship.  These forms must be completed by the candidate.
  4. Enroll in EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar within one term of assuming administrative employment. If candidate is already scheduled to be enrolled in EDAD 695 Educational Leadership Seminar I, EDAD 696 Educational Leadership Seminar II or EDAD 697 Educational Leadership Seminar III , upon approval of the administrative internship, the candidate will enroll in EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar the following term. EDAD 698 Educational Leadership Internship Seminar will assist the candidate in making the successful transition in their role as an educational leader and administrator with support from their Leadership Coach.
Required Courses
EDAD 601Introduction to Vision, Leadership, and Change3
EDAD 602Applied Educational Research and Data Analysis3
EDAD 604Community Perspective, Collaboration and School Culture3
EDAD 606Change and Continuous Improvement3
EDAD 608School Law, School wide Discipline and Safety3
EDAD 610Innovations in Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 612Working with Diverse Populations3
EDAD 614Aligning Resources and Systems for School Improvement3
EDAD 616Professional Growth and Learning3
EDAD 695Educational Leadership Seminar I1
EDAD 696Educational Leadership Seminar II1
EDAD 697Educational Leadership Seminar III1
EDAD 698Educational Leadership Internship Seminar *0-1
Total Credits30-31

Transfer of Coursework

No transfer credits or waivers will be accepted.

Time Limitations

All coursework must be completed within a consecutive SEVEN year period immediately prior to the awarding of the degree.

Recommendation for Credential

Upon successfully completing and passing all coursework and meeting the five years of experience on an active prerequisite credential, the candidate may apply to be recommended to the CTC for the Preliminary Administrative Services credential.  To apply for the credential, candidates complete the online Recommendation Form on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.  Once the recommendation is made by the Teacher Accreditation Department, candidates can submit the credential fee.