Dec 09, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

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Contact Information

Program Director: Manuel Ponce, Jr.

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


This program is for any educators who are interested in furthering their understanding of educational leadership to acquire the skills and dispositions needed to lead schools effectively. LMU’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I) program is specifically designed to prepare candidates for administration positions in public, private, charter, and Catholic schools. The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is a requirement in many districts as well as for many higher-level district positions. All LMU School of Education credential programs meet the California State requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The institution has not made a determination as to whether the credential program meets the requirements of states outside of California.


The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is a completely online program.

Program Outcomes

Through the study of relevant leadership theory and participation in residency/fieldwork experiences designed to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts in practical settings, candidates will:

  • Acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to serve as an Education Leader in California
  • Demonstrate the ability to be moral and ethical leaders for social justice who respect differences, value reflective practice, understand change facilitation, build learning communities, and work effectively in diverse settings
  • Identify, develop, and articulate a clear and purposeful vision for leadership that enables an environment that inspires a shared vision and enlists the active participation of all stakeholders
  • Develop an understanding and a theory of action regarding the political, financial, legal, and operational aspects of school leadership through investigation of leadership theory
  • Develop a vision for instructional leadership and a theory of action that includes a strong emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, special education, the successful development of English Learners, and the parent-school relationship

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
    • One from applicant’s school principal
  • Verification of prior teaching experience
  • Verification of employment
  • Resume
  • 2 sealed official transcripts from each college/university attended
  • CBEST passing scores (or equivalent)
  • Copy of valid teaching and/or service credential
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Statement of Intent addressing:
    • Applicant’s understanding of diversity, social justice, and student achievement. Discuss its implications for leadership and how it intersects with your personal leadership in your current school setting, as well as future administrative leadership roles.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Program Requirements

Credential Requirements

Program Requirements/Credential Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of experience working under a valid California base credential (such as teaching, Pupil Personnel Services) in addition to satisfactorily completing all program requirements is required to apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
  • A clear California Base credential is needed before applying. For this reason, it is recommended that eligible applicants have at least three years of experience at the time of applying.
  • Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements in addition to their program of study in order to be eligible for credential recommendation:
    • Possess a valid prerequisite credential.
    • Complete a Commission-approved program of specialized and professional preparation in administrative services resulting in the formal recommendation of the program sponsor (LMU’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program)
    • Satisfy the California basic skills requirement.
    • Complete five years of full-time experience.
    • Verify employment in an administrative position.
    • Satisfy the requirements of the California Administrative Performance Assessment
      • A passing score on each of the three cycles of the assessment

Total: 18 semester hours

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