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Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Offered jointly by the UCI School of Education and UC Irvine Extension Education.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Current students must complete all the current coursework requirements by Summer 2015. New program standards for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential have been adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Fall 2015 is the anticipated timeframe in which new program standards will be adopted and required for all Preliminary Administrative Services Credential candidates. Different coursework will be required in the new Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.

Because of pending program standard updates described above, new students must postpone enrollment in the program until Fall 2015. If you have any questions, please contact us at (949) 824-7945 or

This credential authorizes the holder to provide administrative services for grades K-12 including:

  • The development and assessment of instructional programs
  • The management of school site, district, or county fiscal services; hiring, assigning, supervising, and evaluating certificated and classified personnel
  • Providing discipline to students and employees
  • Development of student support services.

Who Should Enroll?

Before enrolling in a preparation program for the Preliminary ASC, you should:

  • Possess a valid life or clear California teaching credential or services credential
  • Complete a minimum of five years of full-time service in public schools or private schools. (If you do not have the five years, please contact Education Programs at or (949) 824-7945. It may be possible to be admitted to the program and complete the five years of full-time service at the time of recommendation for the Preliminary ASC.)
  • Access to educational leadership administrative activities and site-based supervisor to participate in EDUC X397A and EDUC X397B Supervised Administrative Field Work (please note that X397A is taken prior to X398B, not concurrently)

How do I apply to UC Irvine Extension’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program?

It is recommended that you apply to the program prior to beginning coursework. Enrollment does not constitute admission to the program. Your completion requirements are based upon when you are admitted to the program, not when you began taking coursework.

The application packet includes the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of valid life or clear California teaching or service credential or credentials
  • Official verification of at least five years of full-time employment on a valid California teaching or services credential
  • Statement of Purpose
  • References

Click here to complete the application form and to submit the required documents stated above. Please submit the required documents in pdf format.

What courses are required for the program?

Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Preliminary ASC program consists of 11 classes totaling 36 units. All coursework must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

Is there a required sequence of courses?

Although there is not a required sequence of courses, it is recommended completing at least one quarter's worth of coursework in the program prior to enrolling in EDUC X397A and EDUC X397B Supervised Administrative Field Work. EDUC X397A must be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC XI397B.

Supervised Administrative Fieldwork

Candidates for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential conduct Supervised Administrative Fieldwork under the guidance of a Site Mentor selected by the candidate. The required 80-hours of Fieldwork may include activities such as:

  • serving as a grade-level or department leader,
  • leading a committee or working with a parent advisory group,
  • serving on a planning team, or
  • planning and implementing a large event at the site, district, or organization level.

Evidence of completion of activities aligned to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSEL) are maintained and submitted at specific points during the experience.

Comprehensive Exam

The Preliminary ASC program culminates with a comprehensive examination based on the major issues covered in the curriculum of the program. This is a take-home, open-book, open-note examination that is taken after all coursework has been completed. Each instructor provides one or two essay questions from each course. This is a pass/fail exam administered and evaluated by the program director, Susan Belenardo. There are no additional fees for this exam.


Stay Informed About
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

  • Following the completion of the courses and comprehensive exam, what next steps are involved?
  • How do I prove to my school district that I will be receiving the credential?
  • What if I have completed the coursework and comprehensive exam, but I do not yet have a job as an administrator?
  • What will I do to renew the Preliminary Administrative Credential?

IMPORTANT: It is extremely important that you apply for either your credential or the Certificate of Eligibility immediately after completing the required coursework and comprehensive exam. We will not make a credential recommendation if the coursework and comprehensive exam have not been completed within the last 5 years.

Advisory Committee

  • Susan Belenardo, Superintendent, La Habra City USD
  • Monica Colunga, Principal, Irvine Unified School District
  • Catherine D’Aoust, Coordinator, Instructional Services (retired), Saddleback Valley USD
  • Darlene Le Fort, Superintendent, Coastline Regional Occupational Program
  • Christina Giguiere, Principal, Redondo Beach USD
  • Thomas Jacobson, Assistant Superintendent (retired), Newport-Mesa USD
  • Kathleen Ossenmacher, Teacher, Newport Mesa USD
  • Tim Reece, Principal, Capistrano USD
  • Jeanne Sesky, Teacher, Oxford Academy
  • Sarah Singh, Credential Analyst and Counselor, UCI School of Education
  • Robert Taylor, Superintendent, Walnut Valley USD
  • Ronald Wenkart, General Counsel, OC Department of Education
  • Matthew Witmer, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Walnut Valley USD