Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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).


    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.

    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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