Coursework

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Department of Leadership Studies

Please note that this program is currently not enrolling students at this time. For information on the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, please click here.  If you are interested in applying to this program for future years, please email solesadmissions@sandiego.edu to be added to the interest list.

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 some of their coursework toward the 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 552 Legal Framework for School Leadership
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
2
LEAD 588 Diversity and Community of School Leaders
2
LEAD 590 Curriculum Development:  Access, Assessment, and School Improvement I
2
LEAD 591 Curriculum Development:  Access, Assessment, and School Improvement II
2
LEAD 598P Practicum in School Administration I
2
LEAD 598P Practicum in School Administration II
3

To add MA in Leadership Studies (15 additional units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
LEAD 545 Survey of Leadership Theory
3
LEAD 549 Research Design and Methodology for Leaders
3
LEAD 550 Integral Leadership and Practice
3
LEAD 551 Human Relations for Leaders
3
LEAD 555 Leadership & Ethics
3

 

Combining with the PhD in Leadership Studies (42 additional units)

Applicants interested in combining the PhD in Leadership Studies with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential must apply to both programs separately, and must apply to the PhD program by the December 1st deadline in order to be considered for admission. Any common application components may be used toward both applications. If admitted to both programs, a student may apply twelve units of completed USD administrative credential coursework toward the PhD program. These twelve units would be applied to the twenty units of specialization coursework required for the PhD program leaving nine units of specialization available. The nine remaining elective units may then be drawn from courses 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 combine with the MA in Leadership Studies typically lengthens the program to 3 years total. To combine with 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 39 total. To add the PhD in Leadership Studies increases the number of units to 66 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.