Credential Programs

The Educational Leadership Department has two credential programs.* For more information about these programs, see below or contact us at or (657) 278-4023.


Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)

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The PASC can be completed as part of our MS in Educational Leadership and Administration (MSEDAD) program or as a standalone Credential.

  1. PASC with the MS in Educational Leadership and Administration (MSEDAD)

    • This path takes a total of five semesters. The PASC requirements will be fulfilled within the first four semesters of study. The MSEDAD will be fulfilled in the fifth term with successful completion of the final Master's project. To complete the PASC and MSEDAD together, be sure you search for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration program when applying onlineOpens in new window .

  2. PASC only

    • This path takes four semesters to complete. For PASC only, search for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential when applying onlineOpens in new window .

NOTE: It is highly recommended that those interested in the PASC should apply for the MS in Educational Leadership and Administration degree. Coursework for both the MS and the PASC is the same, except for one additional course (EDAD 567-Project) taken in a fifth semester for completion of the MS. Students enrolled in the combined program are able to drop the MS (opt out of Project) if they wish. Those enrolled in the PASC only program may be unable to add the MS later.


Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC)

California State University, Fullerton, has a fully accredited Clear Administrative Services Credential (formerly the Tier II credential) which is embedded within the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in PreK-12 Leadership ProgramOpens in new window . Students may begin the CASC coursework in their first fall semster of the Ed.D. program.

CASC Information


*Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within programs or departments.

Credential Commencement Ceremony Participation Policy

All program coursework, including all requirements for student teaching, must be satisfactorily met and the credential commencement fee must be paid in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. This includes all MSCP paperwork and evaluations. Candidates that complete program requirements after the ceremony date will be invited to participate in the ceremony the following year. Special circumstances may be presented to a designated faculty committee and permission to participate will be considered. Please note the credential commencement fee is a non-refundable fee, paid regardless of participation in the ceremony.