Department of Administration & Leadership
North American Division SDA Administrator's Credential
There are three administrative credential programs that have been designed for staff serving in leadership roles in the education system of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These are known as endorsement programs and involve a range of requirements as outlined below. The programs are as follows;
- Principal Endorsement
- Supervisor of Instruction Endorsement
- Superintendant of Schools Endorsement
Prerequisites and Required Courses
____ 1. Holds an SDA Professional Teaching Certificate.
____ 2. Has a master’s degree.
____ 3. Has completed 27 quarter units of graduate courses in the areas of curriculum, school administration, supervision, school law, school finance, school facilities planning, personnel administration, field experience, school public relations, and religious education.
____ 4. Provide evidence of having successfully completed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
Supervision of Instruction
Legal Aspects of (Private) Education
School Administration, K-12
Personal and Philosophical Aspects of Leadership
The Human Resources Function in Education
Educational Organization and Leadership
Supervised Field Experience at the School Level
All the above (required and recommended) plus a minimum of three additional courses (9 credits) one from each of the following:
School Administrative Elective
Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel
Superintendent of Schools
All the courses listed above plus:
School Business and Facilities Management
Three consecutive years of successful school administration or supervision of instruction
39 Graduate Units
* Not required, but recommended
> Choose one of two courses to fulfill requirement
La Sierra University's SDA credential program is approved by the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Combining your Credential program with a Degree program in Administration and Leadership
Individuals pursuing administrative credentials may incorporate credential requirements as a part of a degree program. All of the courses for the Preliminary Administrative Credential program will also apply to degree programs at La Sierra
Admissions to the School of Education for graduate studies is determined by the Admissions Committee of the School based on the following factors:
Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Portfolio to include:
- GRE general score
- Letters of recommendation
- Satisfactory Interview with advisor from the department
Academic record with GPA of 3.0 or higher for a Bachelor's degree.
Demonstration of satisfactory English language proficiency (for non-English language applicants)