Preliminary Administrative Services Credential - PASC


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Is Educational Leadership In Your Future?

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

The 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 Chico State PASC Program

  • The 1-year program begins in the summer and consists of four, six-unit courses.
  • Courses are fully-online, with live-online class meetings and self-paced work.
  • Classes meet online, Tuesdays & Thursdays in July, and Saturdays during the fall and spring terms.
  • Learning as a cohort builds community, fosters creativity, enhances leadership skills, and encourages greater progress.
  • 12 units can be applied to an MA in Education.
  • Per unit fee is $350*
  • Updated curriculum meets new California standards


The program's four, six-unit online 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.

Course dates and the days & times of live-online class meetings are listed on the Schedule & Registration page

Course 1: 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. 

  • 6 Units | Online | Live-online class meetings on Tuesdays & Thursdays in July

Course 2: 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.

  • 6 Units | Online | Live-online classes on Saturdays during the fall

Course 3: 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.

  • 6 Units | Online | Live-online classes on Saturdays during the spring

Course 4: 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.

  • 6 Units | Online | Live-online class meetings on Tuesdays & Thursdays in June-July

Apply to the Program

Applications for our 2023-2024 cohort will open in late fall.

Apply to the Graduate School for Fall 2023

For additional instruction on completing the application, visit the Chico State Graduate Studies website and review the Grad Application Quick Run-Through video.

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 (pdf)
Recommendation from Administrator
5 Year Requirements Form

If you are interested in participating as an Administrative Intern, please email for information.

Chico State COVID-19 vaccination status policy

Admitted 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.