Administrative Services Preliminary Credential

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


  • Experienced and supportive university faculty
  • Exposure to relevant, on-site challenges facing current administrators
  • Our grads are sought by top districts
  • Up to 6 units of credit may be transferred into program with approval
  • Series of five courses and five correlating, supervised fieldwork experiences

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.

Program directors

Douglas S. Bartsch
Douglas S. Bartsch

Associate Dean, Program Director of Administrative Services, Visalia Campus

John Mendiburu, Ed.D
John Mendiburu, Ed.D.

Program Director of Administrative Services, Bakersfield Campus

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director 
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree 
  • Approved basic credential
  • Official Verification of meeting the CBEST requirement
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within 12 months)
  • Request letter from LOA
  • Verification of teaching experience
  • Verification of employment as administrator

Course listing

Required Courses (24 Units)

ADM 740Building Shared Vision and Leadership Capacity2
ADM 741Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System4
ADM 741AFieldwork: Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System2
ADM 742Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning4
ADM 742AFieldwork: Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning2
ADM 743Meeting Diverse Needs of Family and Community2
ADM 744Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools4
ADM 744AFieldwork: Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools2
ADM 745Digital Leadership in Schools2

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