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Preliminary Administrative
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(CA Option)

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Program Overview

Gain the specialized skills you need to advance in school administrative services by earning a Preliminary Administrative Service Credential (California Option). This program is designed for professionals who are committed to improving education and want to get to the next level in public school administration. Throughout the program, you’ll analyze the process for creating, stewarding, and communicating a shared vision that includes school-wide goals for improving teaching and learning. You’ll also explore ways that schools can engage communities to promote their shared vision.

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Program Requirements

  • 8 courses; 36 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteEDA 654

Supervised application of theoretical concepts in practical settings. Candidates complete a portfolio of administrative activities demonstrating competency as entry level administrators in areas identified in the California Performance Expectations as sanctioned by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for awarding of the preliminary administrative services credential. A triad consisting of the University Supervisor, the Site Mentor/Administrator, and the candidate, develops a plan at the onset of the class. The plan stresses day-to day administrative functions as well as policy analysis and implementation. Grading is S/U/IP only.

An examination of the importance of a shared vision to shape the culture and improve the climate of a school that serves a diverse population of students. Ethics and philosophy of leadership are used as lenses through which to better understand the interplay of the school’s internal and external stakeholders as it pertains creating and managing the vision.

An instructional leader’s perspective on instructional theory, curriculum development, and assessment. Analysis of student academic content and curriculum standards, research-based instructional and assessment practices. Application of data to inform continuous school improvement. Evaluate and support professional development framed around collaboration and the principles of adult learning.

School Improvement Leadership Identification and analysis of human, fiscal and material resources available and how these resources might be aligned to improve student achievement. Development of a collaborative, data-based school plan that addresses the needs of all learners. Analysis of an instructional leader’s role in using strategies that address culturally responsive teaching, social and mental health needs and improved student learning for all students, including English learners and students with special needs.

PrerequisiteEDA 653; EDA 655

This course provides a theoretical and practical framework for effective instructional leadership in the area of supervision and evaluation of instruction. It will examine the role of the instructional leader in the context of stewardship of all resources to promote effective instructional leadership practices. Methodologies are presented for engaging in the practice of supervision of instruction, pedagogical assessment, program quality, and standards-based instruction. The instructional leader will be encouraged to emphasize maintaining and increasing teaching effectiveness through providing research based and relevant professional development opportunities.

This course examines the theories, principles, and concepts related to leadership, administration, and management as well as student learning assessment models. Focus is directed toward understanding how to apply the leadership theories and assessment models in education settings involving faculty, staff, students, parents and the community. Emphasis is placed on professional and personal development and modeling of professional growth activities to faculty and staff in educational environments.

This course provides candidates an introduction to public school budget and finance practices, emphasizing site level finance. This course provides an exploration of federal, state and local laws, policies, and regulations regarding revenue sources, district and school budgeting, and financial management procedures. Candidates will be provided an introduction to public school budgeting and accounting procedures as well as investigate current issues in public school finance. Candidates will understand organizational and systems leadership as well as techniques and skills to address conflict-management, problem-solving, and dealing with unintended consequences of decisions. Candidates will learn the importance of using the school vision/mission and annual goals, based on student performance and other school-wide data, for setting budget priorities so resources allocated in appropriate and focused areas of the school need. Candidates will learn to understand the importance of school administrators practicing ethical behaviors related to decisions they make.

This is an introductory course in educational law and ethics which examines education law, codes, and regulations and their school level applications. The focus is on areas of school law most likely to be used by beginning school administrators. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings. Because this course is part of a sequence leading toward a recommendation for the preliminary administrative services credential, it is understood that an honor system prevails and that all class work will be completed solely by the student.

Internship Option Requirements

  • 2 courses; 4.5 quarter units

EDA 602A and EDA 602B are aligned to the Internship Credential. Additional support for EDA Internship credential candidates.

Course Name

PrerequisiteCandidate must provide documentation showing appointment to an educational administration position requiring the Administrative Services Internship credential.

There is a need to further support Educational Administrator Interns while they are working on completing their preliminary administrative services credential program. This course is designed to support administrator internship candidates by providing an instructor/coach for support with developing communication avenues and for providing daily practical experience support over and beyond the preliminary administrative services credential program courses. Grading is S or U only.

PrerequisiteCandidate must provide documentation showing appointment to an educational administration position requiring the Administrative Internship credential.; EDA 602A with a minimum grade of S. Students need to be successful in EDA 602A before moving into EDA 602B.

There is a need to further support Educational Administrator Interns while they are working on completing their preliminary administrative services credential program. This course is designed to support administrator internship candidates by providing an instructor/coach for support with developing communication avenues and for providing daily practical experience support over and beyond the preliminary administrative services credential program courses. This course, EDA 602B, is a continuation of EDA 602A. Grading is S or U only.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the role of the instructional leader in the context of the stewardship of effective instructional practices.
  • Examine the role of the instructional leader in the context of curriculum development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Analyze the collaborative, ongoing processes of data-based school growth plans.
  • Critique systems for the provision of professional growth opportunities for school teachers, staff, and administrators.
  • Examine the complex interaction of all of a school’s systems to promote teaching and learning.

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