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The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential prepares entry-level school administrators to establish and sustain a vital learning community that supports powerful teaching and learning. This program provides 24 semester units foundational to the Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in educational leadership. An additional 12 semester units are required for the master's degree.

This program is ideal for:

  • Public and private school educators who seek to lead at school sites or at the district level.
  • Educators who seek cutting-edge graduate study focused on learning results and supportive relationships.
  • People who seek leadership positions in public or private organizations.
Expected Completion Time

12 months

Program FormatHybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
LocationBakersfield
Mission Valley
Needed Units to Graduate

24

Program Start Date

Fall 2016:
Quad 2 - October 24, 2016

Spring 2017:
Quad 1 - January 9, 2017
Quad 2 - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

Cost

$610 (per unit) in San Diego & $595 (per unit) in Bakersfield for the 2016 - 2017 academic year

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The Center for Student Success and Career Development provides financial, academic, and career support for students, giving them the tools they need to be successful at PLNU and beyond.

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Important Dates

Program Start Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Application Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - November 29, 2016
Quad II - February 7, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - April 3, 2017
Quad II - May 29, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - July 17, 2017
Quad II - September 11, 2017

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

The Selection Process

The educational context at Point Loma Nazarene University will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, PLNU integrates Christian values and principles into the educational experience.

We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0 or higher, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission-under-exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

Completed entirely online except for transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  • Submit online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee). Fee waived if applicant is one of the following: PLNU alum, current or former military and their dependents, or PLNU employee.
  • Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. *If you have higher degree work, transcripts may be submitted but only the baccalaureate transcripts are required.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to: 
      Point Loma Nazarene University 
      Office of Graduate Admissions 
      3900 Lomaland Dr. 
      San Diego, CA 92106
    • Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to: gradprocessing@pointloma.edu

*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

  • Submit personal essay: The essay should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced.
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years.
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals.
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools.
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  • Provide two professional recommendations—you will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  • Basic Skills Exam (CBEST or equivalent):
    This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam.
    OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination.
    OR passage of the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination.
    OR proof of a valid California teaching credential.

Financial Aid

The Center for Student Success and Career Development is committed to assist you throughout your educational journey. Your Student Success Advisor will walk you through your payment options, which may include federal student loans, grants, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, and the Tuition Installment Plan. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Success Advisor to learn about the financial opportunities available to you.

Types of Aid

Types of aid available for master’s degree students:

Potential sources of aid may include:

  • Federal student loans
  • Grants
  • Employer tuition reimbursement process
  • Military and veterans benefits
  • Tuition installment plan

Visit Graduate Student Financial Services for more information.

Still have questions? Our enrollment counselors are here to help.

List of Courses

GEL 603 - Instructional Leadership (3)

This course addresses a candidate’s knowledge of California’s student academic content standards; appropriate and effective curriculum, instructional, and assessment practices; and the candidate’s ability to analyze classroom instruction and provide focused, constructive feedback to teachers to improve teaching and learning for all students.

GEL 603F - Fieldwork and Practicum for Instructional Leadership (1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership. Graded Credit/No Credit. Concurrent seminar may be required.

GEL 604 - Equitable and Socially Just School Communities (3)

This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn how to work effectively as a leader with the entire school community. Candidates will understand and address the diverse expectations, needs, aspirations, and goals of family and community groups and learn how to mobilize community resources in planning and decision-making for student achievement. The program offers the candidate an opportunity to examine and evaluate their attitudes toward people of different races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds as well as examine their attitudes towards sexual orientation and individuals with disabilities so they will be effective leaders in a diverse setting and value individuals from different family structures, religions, races, cultures, socio-economic statuses, and ethnic backgrounds, and treat them with fairness and respect. Candidates will learn theories, practices, and application of restorative justice and social justice models.

GEL 604F - Fieldwork and Practicum for Equitable and Socially Just Communities (1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership. Graded Credit/No Credit. Concurrent seminar may be required.

GEL 605 - Organizational and Systems Leadership (3)

This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn how to implement California school laws, guidelines, and other relevant federal, state, and local requirements and regulations; develop and implement the school’s budget; and understand and manage the complex interaction of all of the school’s systems to promote teaching and learning.

GEL 605F - Fieldwork and Practicum for Organizational and Systems Leadership (1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership. Graded Credit/No Credit. Concurrent: Concurrent seminar may be required.

GEL 606 - School Improvement Leadership (3)

This course provides multiple opportunities for the candidate to learn, practice, and reflect on school improvement and enhanced student achievement for all. This course addresses the candidate’s knowledge and strategic implementation of appropriate and effective school improvement, theories and strategies, his/her ability to build capacity, as well as his/her ability to communicate and lead others in continuous improvement and monitoring of these efforts based on school outcomes. There is an opportunity for collaborating with others to identify student and school needs, developing a data-based school growth plan, and identifying and using available human, fiscal, and material resources to implement the school growth plan, using change strategies based on current, relevant theories and best practices in school improvement.

GEL 606F - Fieldwork and Practicum for School Improvement Leadership (1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership. Graded Credit/No Credit. Concurrent seminar may be required.

GEL 607 - Professional Learning and Growth Leadership (3)

Candidates will learn to model professional growth, framed around principles of adult learning, and identify and facilitate focused, developmentally appropriate professional growth opportunities to build individual and collective capacity. These capacities include collaborating with others to help achieve the school’s vision through professional learning focused on improving teaching and learning. The program provides multiple opportunities for each candidate to learn, practice, and reflect on professional growth leadership.

GEL 607F - Fieldwork and Practicum for Professional Learning and Growth Leadership(1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership. Graded Credit/No Credit. Concurrent seminar may be required.

GEL 608 - Ethical and Visionary Leadership (3)

This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn and develop and implement a school vision based in ethical, just, and moral practices to enhance learning for faculty, staff, and students. Leadership theories, problem and decision-making models and socially just practices will be explored through case studies and simulations. The candidate has multiple opportunities to model personal and professional ethics, integrity, justice, and fairness and receive feedback from faculty and peers; reflect on personal leadership beliefs and practices; develop mechanisms for sustaining personal motivation, commitment, energy and health and learn to balance professional and personal responsibilities.

GEL 608F - Fieldwork and Practicum for Ethical and Visionary Leadership (1)

Application of coursework to directed experiences in school leadership.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Contact

San Diego 
Serina Scott
Enrollment Counselor
SerinaScott@pointloma.edu
(619) 563-2863

Bakersfield Regional Center 
Stephanie Meier
stephaniemeier@pointloma.edu
(661) 377-4721
(866) 861-4723