Course Sequence

Learn about the course sequences for upcoming semesters in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program.

Semester 1

This course introduces concepts, attributes, and characteristics of leadership associated with the challenging contexts of various educational environments. Students are introduced to the importance of vision and the process for developing, sustaining and communicating that vision to achieve higher student achievement by actively and meaningfully including stakeholders.


This course address the essential role of the principal as an instructional leader. Data-Driven decision making, professional learning communities, curriculum and instructional issues, and leading diverse schools in efforts to improve student achievement and closing the achievement gap are emphasized.


Semester 2

This course provides an opportunity for aspiring administrators to learn how to work effectively with families and community members; recognize the goals and aspirations of diverse families; respond to diverse community interests and needs; and mobilize community resources in the service of student achievement.


Model professional growth development. Principles of adult learning; identify and facilitate appropriate professional growth opportunities for staff. Collaboration with others to achieve mission of improving teaching and learning.


This course serves as an orientation to the program and an introduction to field experience. Students will access their own school data to make instructional and curriculum decisions for improving student achievement.

Work begun in the Fall semester of EDL 660 will continue, and candidates will participate in a second 3-day shadowing experience.

Semester 3

This course focuses on various management issues relative to school leadership, including an understanding of legal and financial principles important to the functions of school and district administrators.
This capstone course synthesizes concepts and field experiences from previous courses and emphasizes how school leaders develop school cultures conducive to collaboration and a collective sense of responsibility for student learning.  Specific strategies in communication, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict management relative to the visionary leader as a systems thinker are explored.
This course introduces aspiring administrators to various models of supervision and evaluation in elementary and secondary schools.  Emphasis is placed on a blending of practical application and well-grounded conceptual understanding.  The concepts of supervision and coaching as processes for leading and directing change and school improvement are emphasized.
Work begun in the Fall semester of EDL 660 will continue, and candidates will participate in a second 3-day shadowing experience.

Course Sequence Disclosure

While these dates represent faculty intentions on the date they are published, and are intended to assist students in being present for scheduled meetings, please understand that circumstances may require modifications. We provide these dates far in advance for planning purposes, but students should recognize needs may necessitate changes. The faculty are committed to minimizing such changes.