Preliminary Educational Leadership ASC

The Preliminary Credential program (ASC) focuses on entry-level skills for effective administration with particular emphasis on the responsibilities of school site leaders. The program is 27 semester units and can be completed by taking classes in the Fall, Spring and then Summer semesters. The program is conducted in a cohort format in either late afternoons and evenings or on Friday evening and Saturdays meeting six or seven times a semester. A portion of some courses are also completed in an on-line format with students completing assignments and communicating on-line during the semester. In addition, each candidate enrolls in three units of fieldwork each semester. Fieldwork provides candidates the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the program at their own worksite or other sites in the community in order to gain practical experience in leadership and link theory and practice.

The Administrative Services Credential programs were designed collaboratively with school administrators to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in K-12 educational settings. Both the ASC Preliminary credentials authorize the holder to serve as a vice principal, principal, coordinator, program director, superintendent, or in other district or county level positions. The Intern Credential authorizes individuals to serve in administrative positions while completing the approved program of ASC Preliminary study. Areas of competence addressed in each program expand upon prior learning and experiences included in each level of preparation. Throughout all courses, participants progress from concrete applications of what is being studied, to more advanced applications of theory into practice that call for the critique and redefinition of one’s knowledge-base. Multiple learning opportunities are provided to adult learners, which emphasize the acquisition of personal awareness and personal reflection. The curriculum focuses on building a knowledge-base to enhance understanding of complex educational issues, the development of process skills that emphasize problem solving and decision making, and on demonstrable procedures that relate directly to the CTC approved Administrative Standards adopted in 2016.