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"In all my years of college, a Master’s program, and professional development, this course is undeniably the best! The amount I learned through the course, the readings, the video snippets, presentations, and Moodle....WOW. Dr. Winlock's delivery style was engaging, entertaining, and made giving up my Saturdays definitely worth-while. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"
- Cheryl C.

"I thought the resource fair was incredibly effective and showed how the community wants to be involved in the schools! I liked the parent interviews and loved working with the cultural iceberg. That exercise reminds me that sometimes you need to dig through the layers to get to the foundation of the issue. Jan Mayer was super informative. At the school level, we never get this depth of information. And Dr. W always brings the energy that feeds us on Saturdays!!"
- Laurie B.

"Dr. Winlock, you have an incredible energy and enthusiasm for leadership. I agree with your colleagues when they say you have a magical way of making things happen, or learning in this case. Thank you for sharing your magic to help me grow."
- Margaret C.



This level provides leadership development and training for those interested in becoming an administrator in education. Focus supports both credentialing and the development of leadership skills.

Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I)

Eligibility Criteria

  • A California teaching credential or service credential
  • Five years of full-time teaching experience
  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) Verification
  • First priority is given to qualified applicants who work in a Sacramento County school or district
  • Recruitment Timeline (pdf)
  • Application Process

  • We are no longer accepting applications for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. The application for the 2018-19 cohort will be posted in January 2018.
  • Program Requirements

  • Course curriculum is based on the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs).
  • Program is divided into six courses (End-of-course paper required for each course)
    (Download course descriptions)
  • Commitment to one year of in-class instruction (154 hours), Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    (Download 2017-18 course schedule)
  • Commitment to scheduled online chats for required online learning and guided fieldwork (77 hours)
  • End-of-Year Project presentation
  • Class Schedule

  • SCOE Cohort classes are held on Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at the SCOE Conference Center
    3661 Whitehead Street, Suite 100
    Mather, CA 95655
  • End-of-Year Project

  • Purpose of the End-of-Year Project is to put into action concepts and standards from the coursework (theory into practice).
  • Projects center around a need for the participant's school or district that assists with continued development and implementation.
  • The Project Proposal is developed collaboratively with the participant, Executive Director, Faculty Mentor, District Coach, and peers.
  • The End-of-Year Project is presented to a panel at the conclusion of the program.
  • Advice and Assistance

  • Orientation session prior to the first course explains key concepts, requirements, and expectations of the program
  • Participant Handbook provides details about coursework, fieldwork, online instruction, and policies and procedures
  • Leadership Team, Faculty Mentor, District Coach, and Online Principal-Coaches are available to assist Leadership participants.
  • Credential Completion

  • Upon successful completion of the coursework for the Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I), participants' names will be submitted to the Administrative Services office at CCTC for either the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (if the participant has received an offer of administrative employment by a district).
  • Master's Degree in Applied School Leadership

  • Participants have the option of obtaining a Master's Degree in Applied School Leadership through the Leadership Institute in partnership with National University. This option requires an additional year of coursework (2-year program).
  • Units earned in the SCOE Leadership Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I) are credited toward the degree, which requires an additional year of coursework.
  • The MA program takes place in both face-to-face and online settings.
  • Participants must decide to enroll in the MA program prior to the start of the Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I).
  • Cost

    Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I)
  • $7,000 (Cost includes textbooks, program materials, tuition, and Kindle)

    Five payment options:

    • Option 1—Pay the full amount of $7,000 by check; payment due July 1, 2016
    • Option 2—Pay the full amount of $7,000 by credit card via PayPal (plus an additional $175 convenience fee); payment due by July 1, 2016
    • Option 3—Pay in two installments by check; first payment of $3,500 due July 1, 2016; second payment of $3,500 due February 1, 2017
    • Option 4—A loan through Schools Financial Credit Union (Download flyer)
    • Option 5—If enrolling in the Master's Program, participants may apply for federal financial aid to pay for both the Preliminary Administrative Services Program (Tier I) and the Master's Degree program
  • Master's Degree Program*
  • $425 x 6 courses = $2,550 (Cost of 18 semester units earned for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program)
  • $1,404 x 4 courses = $5,616 (Cost of 12 semester units for Year 2 of the Master's in Applied School Leadership Program). Payment(s) are made directly to National University.
  • * Costs for the Master's Program are subject to increase.

    For more information, contact us at (916) 228-2538 or