Educational Leadership Credential and Masters Degree Programs
The School of Education at Sonoma State University offers a graduate program in Educational Leadership. Coursework in this program leads to a
- Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (ASC)
- the Preliminary Administrative Services Intern Credential or the
- Professional Administrative Services Credential (PASC II).
The credential programs are embedded in the
- Masters of Arts degree program with a concentration in Educational Leadership.
Students admitted to the program have the option of completing their M.A. degree, in addition to the completion of requirements for their administrative credential. All credential programs have been formally approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
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 and the PASC II 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 2003.