Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I program at Azusa Pacific University is a combined program designed to meet the needs of students that wish to gain qualifications in order to become effective leaders in organizational roles. The MAEL and PASC program are offered separately for students that only need preparation from one.

APU is a Christian-based university, and this program is presented through a Christian worldview that culminates in incorporating four major themes into all coursework: collaborative leadership and decision making for effective culturally diverse schools, instructional system design/management, care and enhancement of individuals, and moral/ethical development of students and staff.

The PASC aspect of this program meets the needs of school districts by allowing them to employ individuals that still have credentials to earn. This two-year credential allows these candidates to become a California school administrator while earning this degree. Using a cohort approach, students move forward through five nine-week terms with the same group of peers. It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that are capable of critical and independent thought while maintaining a moral and ethical grounding. These graduates should be able to improve the practice of themselves and those around them.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 36 credits. Of this total, one credit comes from an introductory Leadership Induction course, while the remaining come from five six-credit classes and a final five-credit Leadership Performance Assessment. Three of the six-credit courses include some embedded field experience.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    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, the credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).


    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA. A CTC is required if you are pursuing a Tier 1 credential.


    PASC credentials for CA only

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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