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The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) Program is for education professionals seeking a career as a public school administrator.

Is Educational Leadership In Your Future?

Would you like to serve as a public school administrator? CSU, Chico's School of Education offers a post baccalaureate Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) for education professionals seeking a career as a public school administrator.

Image of PASC Program FlyerThe PASC Program provides the foundations of educational leadership necessary to qualify for a Clear California Administrative Services Credential granted through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). With the preliminary administrative credential you can serve as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor, coordinator, or other equivalent level administrator in California public schools.

This credential authorizes the holder to provide administrative services for grades K-12, including:

  • The development and assessment of instructional programs
  • The management of school site, district, or county fiscal services; hiring, assigning, supervising, and evaluating certificated and classified personnel
  • Providing discipline to students and employees
  • Development of student support services

About the CSU, Chico PASC Program

  • Each cohort begins in the summer for the 1-year program consisting of 4 six-unit courses / 24 semester units. 12 of these units can be applied to an MA in Education
  • Convenient hybrid model of online and on-campus instruction features Tuesday & Thursday meetings during the month of July and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. We are excited to now offer a fully-virtual option, as well!
  • Learning as a cohort builds community, fosters creativity, enhances leadership skills, and encourages greater progress
  • Per unit fee is $350*
  • Updated curriculum meets new California standards


The program's four, six-unit courses have been designed to form a developmental sequence of learning. They are offered only in the order indicated below. In each course candidates engage with each of the six California Educational Leadership Domains that lead to the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE). The PASC Program Coordinator is responsible for the courses. However, K-12 administrators and university faculty work together to teach class sessions.

EDAD 631 Educational Leadership: The Literature (Summer)

This course focuses on the theory and foundations of transformational educational leadership and administration. Role expectations of the school administrator as a change agent are explored including promotion of democratic education, development of professional relationships, instructional leadership, and assessment of student learning for continuous improvement.

EDAD 632 Educational Leadership: Current Conditions (Fall)

In this second course in Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program candidates learn and apply analytical processes across the six California Educational Leadership domains to identify current school conditions and needed changes. On-site administrative field experiences are incorporated.

EDAD 633 Educational Leadership: What Schools Can Be (Spring)

Continuous improvement requires school leaders to be agents of change. Candidates in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program learn to design, analyze, prioritize, and support school change for the improvement of student learning across the six California Educational Leadership domains. On-site administrative field experiences are incorporated.

EDAD 634 Educational Leadership: The First 100 Days (Summer)

Effective school leaders integrate knowledge, interpersonal, and technical skills. This course focuses on planning the processes and steps for the first 100 days of educational leadership to maximize long-term positive impact, especially on improved student learning.

Apply to the PASC Program

Applications for the 2021 Cohort 6 are now closed. If you are interested in joining us for Cohort 7, please complete the "Learn More" form on this page and we'll notify you when information about the 2022 program and application period is available.

Supplemental Application Documents

If you have already submitted your graduate school application and need one of the supplemental application documents, return the following documents to

PASC Program Application 
Recommendation from Administrator
5 Year Requirements Form

• If you are interested in being an Administrative Intern and want more information please email

PASC Course Schedule & Registration

• Spring class registration begins November 1 • Summer class registration begins April 1 • Fall class registration begins July 1

Cohort 6

Summer 2021

EDAD 631: Educational Leadership: The Literature
[ Closed ]
Live-Online Class Meetings: July 6–27, T & Th, 9am–noon
Additional self-paced hours required.

Fall 2021

EDAD 632: Educational Leadership: Current Conditions
[ Closed ]
Live-online Class Meetings: Aug. 28–Dec. 11, Saturdays, 9am-noon,  (8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11). Additional self-paced hours required.

Spring 2022

 EDAD 633: Educational Leadership: What Schools Can Be
[ Registration opens November 1]
Live-Online Class Meetings: TBA
Additional self-paced hours required.

Summer 2022

EDAD 634: Educational Leadership: The First 100 Days
[ Registration opens April 1 ]
Live-Online Class Meetings: TBA
Additional self-paced hours required.

CSU, Chico COVID-19 vaccination status policy

Students should submit their vaccination status (or request an exemption) via the Student Center by clicking “Covid 19 Vaccination” in the Student Records menu.

Using the form, you will indicate whether:
•you have been vaccinated and upload a picture of your vaccine record
•you qualify for a medical or religious exemption
•you do not plan to access any campus facilities or participate in any in-person activities

Students should complete the form as soon as they are fully vaccinated (or know they plan to pursue an exemption) so we can begin verification. View detailed instructions on how to submit your vaccination status.

Student Resources

* Federal loans or financial aid are not available for this program. Other options, such as loans, may be available.