Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
Department of Leadership Studies
Program of Study
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).
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (24 units)
To add MA in Leadership Studies (15 additional units)
|COURSE NUMBER||COURSE TITLE||GRADUATE UNITS|
|LEAD 545||Survey of Leadership Theory||
|LEAD 549||Research Design and Methodology for Leaders||
|LEAD 550||Integral Leadership and Practice||
|LEAD 551||Human Relations for Leaders||
|LEAD 555||Leadership & Ethics||
To add PhD in Leadership Studies (51 additional units)
Twelve (12) of the total Eighteen (18) units of specialization coursework required for the PhD 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
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.