Coursework

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Department of Leadership Studies

Program of Study

Overview

The Aspiring Leaders Program (Preliminary Administrative Services Credential) is a two year, 24-unit program combining university coursework, district mentoring and professional development, and personalized apprenticeship to an exemplary principal. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in the state of California and may apply coursework toward a MA or PhD in Leadership Studies (if they apply and are admitted to the MA or PhD program).

Curriculum

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (24 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 551 Human Relations for Leaders
3
LEAD 552 School Law for Aspiring Leaders
3
LEAD 553 Instructional Leadership and Supervision I
2
LEAD 554 Instructional Leadership and Supervision II
2
LEAD 558 Leadership and the Dynamics of School Organization
3
LEAD 583 Special Topics: The Principalship I
1
LEAD 584 Special Topics: The Principalship II
1
LEAD 588 Diversity and the Preparation of School Leaders
2
LEAD 597P Practicum in Administration I
3
LEAD 598P Practicum in Administration II
3
EDUC 560 Technology for School Leaders I
1

To add MA in Leadership Studies (12 additional units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 550 Leadership 3
LEAD 555 Leadership & Ethics 3
LEAD 549 Research Design and Methodology for Leaders 3
LEAD XXX Leadership Elective 3

 

To add PhD in Leadership Studies (51 additional units)

Leadership Core (18 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 600 Leadership Theory
3
LEAD 601 Organizational Theory and Change
3
LEAD 602 Leadership, Inquiry and Research I
3
LEAD 603 Ethics and Leadership
3
LEAD 604 The Policy-Making Process
3
LEAD 605 Adult Development
3


Research and Evaluation (15 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 606 Leadership, Inquiry and Research II
3
LEAD 607 Applied Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods
3
LEAD 608 Qualitative Research Methods
3


The above 3 courses are required, plus each student must select 2 of the courses below to complete the Research and Evaluation Requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 582 Survey Research Methods
3
LEAD 612 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
3
LEAD 613 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
3
LEAD 579 Action Research Methods
3
LEAD 579 Grounded Theory and Ethnography
3


Area of Specialization (6 units)

Twelve of the total 18 units of specialization coursework required for the Ph.D. transfer from the credential coursework, leaving 6 units of specialization. These 6 units may be drawn from electives in the following specializations:

  • Teaching, Learning and Leadership
  • Nonprofit/Philanthropic Leadership and Management
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership and Management

Dissertation (12 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 610 Dissertation Seminar
3
LEAD 695 Dissertation
9

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Credential students complete their program in 2 years, typically while working full-time. To add the MA in Leadership Studies typically lengthens the program to 3 years total. To add the PhD in Leadership Studies lengthens the program to 4-6 years total.

How many units are included?

The credential program consists of 24 Graduate Units. To add the MA in Leadership Studies increases the number of units to 36 total. To add the PhD in Leadership Studies increases the number of units to 75 total.

When are classes scheduled?

Each class typically meets once per week in the late afternoon or evening for 2 hours and 50 minutes. Credential classes are cohort-based, so each incoming cohort completes the curriculum at the same pace. First-year students attend an orientation in mid-August.

Can I work while completing this program?

Yes. Most of our students work full-time while completing this program. The program is designed to accommodate the schedule of a full-time working teacher.

Is this program offered online? Are there any distance learning options?

This program is currently only offered on campus at the University of San Diego.