Credential in Administrative Services

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Online Administrative Services Credential Overview


Are you an experienced educator looking to take the next step into a management or leadership role? Our online California Administrative Credential program will take you from educator to an educational leader in no time.

Offered by the California School of Education (CSOE), our program helps transform the experienced teachers of today into the principals, superintendents, administrators, and educational leaders of tomorrow. 


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Faculty and Admissions

Get the information you need to start your Alliant International University experience and get one step closer to the administrative position you have been striving toward. Browse our diverse list of faculty members, or see the latest admission requirements for your desired credential program.


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Credential Highlights


CTC-Approved Online Course

Our Administrative Credential Program is fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and offered online with courses designed to effectively train you in vital aspects of educational administration — from School Law and Ethics and Finance to Human Resource Management. Our Online Administrative Credential Program gives you the flexibility to complete your credential on your own time.


1-Year Program

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


1-Class Masters

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


Fast Track to your Doctorate

Student’s earning their ASC at Alliant can transfer up to 12 units into Alliant’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management degree. The EdD is a 46-unit program for candidates already holding a Master’s degree. After maximum ASC credit transfer, the program is reduced to 34 units and can be completed in as little as 24 months.


Credential Information

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

The California Administrative Services Credential, with the optional MAE in Educational Administration, includes three courses of research and field experience that serve to 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 covers 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the career outlook for graduates of the program?

    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.

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    As you would expect, graduates of the 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.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    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 for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • When does the program start?

    The 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 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

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

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The Administrative Services Credential program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.


Degree Campus Locations

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


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership positions 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.



At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. Our Administrative Services Credential Program provides students with challenging coursework and hands-on experience that fully prepares them to enter the workforce with confidence and the skills to succeed following the completion of the program.


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