Online Administrative Services Credential Overview
Are you an experienced teacher looking to step into a management or leadership role? The online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (ASC) program will take you from being an educator to an educational leader in no time. If you have five years of teaching experience, this credential program will prepare you to guide and mentor other teachers with skill and confidence.
This CalAPA-approved program is designed to transform experienced teachers like you into the principals, superintendents, administrators, and educational leaders of tomorrow. Learn to step back as a teacher in order to lead others on the path to a great education.
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Credential Program Highlights
Passage of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) is a mandatory requirement of the Preliminary ASC program. The ASC program is CalAPA-aligned, so you’ll be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in fulfilling the California Administrators Performance Expectations (CAPE) upon graduation.
CTC-Approved Online Course
The program is fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and offered online with courses designed to train you in the vital aspects of educational administration. The online Administrative Credential program gives you a quality education with the flexibility to complete your credential on your own time.
Focused and Versatile
The online Administrative Services Credential is a 30-unit program that can be completed in just one year; with one additional class, a capstone project, you can also earn your Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. You can also transfer up to 12 units from the ASC program into an EdD in Educational Leadership and Management degree.
California Administrative 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.
Courses known as the Leadership Cycles in the program are CalAPA-aligned. Topics include:
- Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity
- Facilitating Communities of Practice
- Supporting Teacher Growth
Each of the courses covers an aspect of professional practice in the field that cannot simply be taught via classroom instruction, and will ask you to investigate, plan, act, and reflect as a way to help you grow into an exemplary administrator and leader.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the Administrative Credential 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 credential program. Get one step closer to the administrative position you have been striving toward by applying today.
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— and leadership positions such as principal, superintendent, administrator, 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, and Alliant International University offers 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?
There are two enrollment periods for the program which begin in August (T2) and January (T4).
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is either a 30- or 33-credit program and takes a minimum of a year to complete.
What is the modality of this Administrative Credential program?
The admin credential program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, 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.
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.