Program Overview

A passion for education. A call to leadership. A desire to build a brighter, better-educated tomorrow. These are the qualities that exemplify the worldview of candidates in our Administrative Services Credential program. In this program, offered by the California School of Education (CSOE), we will help transform the experienced teachers of today into the principals, superintendents, administrators, and educational leaders of tomorrow. If you are an experienced educator looking to take the next step into a management and leadership role, this is the program that will take you from educator to a leader of education’s future.

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Program Highlights

Online Courses

The program is offered entirely online with courses designed to effectively train you in vital aspects of educational administration—from School Law and Ethics, to Finance, to Human Resource Management.

1-Class Masters

You can get your Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Educational Administration with just one additional class—a capstone project to be completed after the standard credential courses.

1-Year Program

The Administrative Services Credential is a 30- or 33-unit program that can be completed in just one year.

Practitioner Oriented

This program takes an experienced teacher and provides them, through a CAL APA-approved curriculum, the day-to-day knowledge, skills, and abilities ensuring their success after graduation.


This program is fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), just like all of CSOE’s programs.

Experience-based Learning

In each course, faculty are encouraged to bring their real-world experiential knowledge to the table and enable student discussion that resembles an in-class format.

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Transform Your Experience Into Expertise, and Your Expertise Into Educational Leadership

The Administrative Services Credential, whether taken with the optional MAE in Educational Administration, includes three courses of research and field experience that serve to both meet CAL APA requirements and round out your education with practical training that best prepares you for a new career as an educational administrator. These courses are known as the Leadership Cycles and cover the following topics: Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity, Facilitating Communities of Practice, and Supporting Teacher Growth. Each of the three Leadership Cycle courses cover an aspect of professional practice in this field that cannot simply be taught via classroom instruction, and will ask each student to Investigate, Plan, Act, and Reflect as a way to help grow themselves into an exemplary administrator.

Frequently Asked Questions

The career outlook for graduates of this program is promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an expected 8% increase in educational administration positions over the next 7 years—or a volume of roughly 20,000 new jobs that will need to be filled in that time frame. Most of these positions will be as principals, vice principals, and administrators at elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Employment growth will be affected by student enrollment and the number of educational institutions, as there are a limited number of principal positions available per school. But, if student enrollment increases as projected, more schools will open, which will increase demand for graduates of this program.

As you would expect, graduates of the Administrative Services Credential program will often end up in administration roles at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels—positions such as principal, vice principal, provost, or dean.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at:

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

The Administrative Services Credential program is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The Administrative Services Credential program is either a 30- or 33-credit program and takes a minimum of 1 year to complete.

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Program Campus Locations

The Administrative Services Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.

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