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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The perceptions of college and university program directors and practicing administrators regarding the university field experience requirement for the Professional California Administrative Services Credential were investigated. The study included the perception of the needs, roles, responsibilities, and dilemmas of the professional administrative services program supervisors and the credential candidates. The results indicate that both groups perceive field experience at the professional level of the credential process to be beneficial. It was determined that collaboration between the university, the school district, and credential candidate was essential to an effective program and that the most beneficial field experiences are those which allow flexible direct "hands on" projects for the candidate. The most significant barriers to effective programs were the amount of time required to complete the field experience and the attitude of the credential candidate toward the two-tier California credentialing requirement. The findings support the continuation of a flexible, collaborative individually designed field experience requirement with the option of professional development activities to substitute for part of the field experience unit requirement.



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