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Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

School of Education

With this preliminary administrative services credential, the focus is on the needs of the school-site administrator, emphasizing the establishment of a close relationship with teachers, school districts and the community. You will gain hands-on experience with supervised fieldwork

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To enter the administrative services internship program, you must register for a 1-unit course each semester on top of the Administrative Services Preliminary Credential course-load.

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Program Highlights

  • Experienced and supportive university faculty
  • Exposure to relevant, on-site challenges facing current administrators
  • Coursework designed to prepare students for Cal APA
  • Live interactive classes via Zoom

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The program competencies of the preliminary credential are clustered into a series of five courses and three fieldwork experiences. The coursework scope and sequence are developed to provide a balance between theory and practice. The fieldwork interfaces with the California Administrator Assessment (CalAPA) and relates directly to the cluster of concepts appropriate to a particular course. The fieldwork projects deal with actual, on-site work of school administrators. 

This 24 unit program leads to a certificate of eligibility (24 units) or a preliminary administrative services credential (if the candidate is offered a position requiring an administrative services credential).

Required Courses (24 Units)

  • ADM 740 - Building Shared Vision and Leadership Capacity Credits 2
  • ADM 741 - Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System Credits 4
  • ADM 741A - Fieldwork: Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System Credits 2
  • ADM 742 - Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning Credits 4
  • ADM 742A - Fieldwork: Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning Credits 2
  • ADM 743 - Meeting Diverse Needs of Family and Community Credits 2
  • ADM 744 - Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools Credits 4
  • ADM 744A - Fieldwork: Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools Credits 2
  • ADM 745 - Digital Leadership in Schools Credits 2


Meets necessary California requirements for an entry-level administrative position in grades K-12.

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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit one reference form.
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Mail your sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s office or email to
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 |

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Program Requirements

  • Administrative Services Preconditions
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Approved basic credential
  • Official Verification of meeting the basic skills requirement
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within 12 months)
  • Summary of certificated work experience
  • Educator Experience Summary Form
  • Orientation Interview with Program Director

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition per UnitAmount
700 Level$750
Teacher Education$750
MSN and LEAD$775
Other CostsAmount
Student services fee (per semester)$70
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters)$1,500


Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $730
Teacher Education $730
MBA $785
MSN and LEAD $750
KIN $590
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Please refer to the Catalog for additional fees. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

This credential is designed specifically for educators entering into school administration. It meets all requirements for an entry-level administrative position in grades K-12 in the state of California.

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The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

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