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Program Courses and Curriculum

​​​​The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) Program is a 17-month program that requires the completion of 21 units of coursework. 

PASC Program​ students complete seven rigorous courses that develop the necessary leadership competencies in vision and culture, instructional leadership, school improvement, community relationships, professional learning, organizational and systems leadership, and program evaluation.  

Coursework includes relevant application of learning through fieldwork experiences that provide practical opportunities to understand the real-life experiences of effective instructional leaders. Students may also elect to earn a Master of Arts in Education, Administration and Supervision through our partnership with the University of Phoenix, by taking an additional 13 credits upon completion of the PASC Program.

SDCOE's District and School Improvement unit has developed a unique, integrated curriculum that clearly defines a systems thinking instructional leader. The Systems Leadership Framework is woven together throughout the PASC Program curriculum and anchors student learning to ensure a deep understanding of how systems leaders build healthy, equity-centered organizations. 

Systems Leadership Framework

To lead others, first lead yourself.

  • Advance the Vision, Mission, and Values
  • Create a Learning-Centered Culture
  • Ensure High-Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Cultivate Learning and Leadership
  • Resource Strategically
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pasc program information

The San Diego County Office of Education is pleased to announce the application window for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. Completed applications will be reviewed by our admissions committee on an ongoing basis.

PASC Program​ students complete seven rigorous courses that develop the necessary leadership competencies in vision and culture, instructional leadership, school improvement, community relationships, professional learning, organizational and systems leadership, and program evaluation.

Our innovative, competency-based program combines high-quality instruction and leading-edge research with contextualized fieldwork experiences that prepare you to be an effective educational leader.​