Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier I
The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Internship Credential (PASC), Tier 1 program is designed to prepare individuals for administrative responsibilities in a host of educational settings. Candidates who aim to become administrators will be instructed in principles of leadership practice and may gain a broader understanding of schooling at all levels.
The goal of this program is to produce graduates who are recognized as scholarly practitioners who can combine theoretical knowledge with practical and direct decision-making. These individuals should be able to think both independently and critically, as well as be dedicated to improving the practice of themselves and others. APU aims to produce graduates of strong ethical and moral character who are motivated to explore the deeper questions of human existence.
This program is designed to help students with a master's degree become administrators with the vision and skills necessary to effectively change educational systems for the better. Using the materials presented in this program, including exercises and field experiences, degree candidates may come to understand the leadership and management actions necessary to support student learning.
In order to complete this program and earn the Tier 1 PASC or Internship Credential, those enrolled must earn a total of 24 credits. The curriculum includes seven courses, with field experiences embedded in three of them. Courses are typically six credits in length and the final class is a five-credit Leadership Performance Assessment in which students review and assess their own strengths and limitations as administrators.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Candidates who already possess a master’s degree in education may complete the seven concentration courses in school administration and the supervised field experience to be eligible for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC), Tier I.
Accreditation & Licensing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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. They credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
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