Course Description

Designed to provide a background and basis for all work in the PASC program. The course emphasizes the political, social, and economic background of education, and the historical and philosophical forces giving rise to the instructional practices that limit student academic and social success. Major theories in educational leadership are introduced in this course as well as the relationship between theory and practice in the context of contemporary issues in California. The course focuses on the relationships between federal, state, and local policies and introduces accountability systems for students, staff, and systems.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the school and community context, including the instructional implications of cultural/linguistic, socioeconomic, and political factors
  • Implement change strategies based on current relevant theories and best practices in school improvement




The program is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Office of Education. You must be a full-time employee of the district to be eligible.
Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.