The program competencies of the preliminary credential are clustered into a series of five courses and five fieldwork experiences. The coursework scope and sequence are developed to provide an acceptable balance between theory and practice. The fieldwork interfaces with and relates directly to the cluster of concepts appropriate to a particular course.
The fieldwork projects will deal with actual, on-site problems of the administrator at a specific school.
One fieldwork must be performed at a school where at least 20 percent of the pupils are of an ethnic/racial group other than that of the candidate, and one must be performed at a school level other than that of the candidate’s current level of assignment. The first tier of this credential leads to a certificate of eligibility (24 units) or a preliminary administrative services credential (if the candidate is offered a position requiring an administrative services credential).