Credentialing

Overview

Leadership Institute Preliminary Administrative Credential Program

(Includes a master’s degree option.) ACSA partners with the Sacramento County Office of Education’s Leadership Institute to offer aspiring teacher leaders the opportunity to earn a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. This program is designed to empower and build the capacity of leaders to improve teaching and learning for all students.

Candidates will engage in six courses over the 12-month program, offering both face-to-face instruction, as well as online learning, guided fieldwork and an end-of-program project. The institute courses are taught by seasoned local and regional school administrators who have first-hand experience and expertise in both the content and region. By completing four additional classes the following year, candidates may apply the work from the Leadership Institute credential courses to obtain a master's degree.


Clear Administrative Credential Program

ACSA’s innovative induction program and services for administrators seeking to clear their ASC are considered the gold standard throughout the state. The induction program design and implementation provides support and guidance grounded in the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) in the three designated areas, chronicled in the Individual Induction Plan: coaching, professional development and assessment.

The program provides individualized, one-on-one, job-embedded coaching over the course of the two-year program. Candidates enroll within one year of starting an initial administrative position, with coaching services starting within 30 days of program enrollment.

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Preliminary Administrative Credential Program

Leadership Institute Preliminary Administrative Credential Program

with Master's degree option

ACSA, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education’s Leadership Institute, offers aspiring teacher leaders the opportunity to earn a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. This program is designed to empower and build the capacity of leaders to improve teaching and learning for all students.

Candidates will engage in six courses over the 12-month program which offers both face-to-face instruction as well as online learning, guided fieldwork and an end-of-program project. Institute courses are taught by local and regional school administrators who are experienced and have first hand experience and expertise in both the content and region. By completing four additional classes the following year, candidates may apply the work from the Leadership Institute credential courses to obtain a Master's Degree.

Upon program completion, a recommendation will be made to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a Certificate of Eligibility or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (if candidate has already accepted an offer of administrative employment at end of program).

Program begins in San Bernardino County August 2019.


Program Details

In 2017, ACSA proudly opened enrollment of a new credentialing offering: the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. The credential is earned over the course of a year via the Leadership Institute. ACSA’s offering of the Leadership Institute is made possible by partnerships with Sacramento County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. With the first cohort of 42 students now well into the fourth course, “Family and Community Engagement,” it is safe to say the Leadership Institute has been very well-received by students. What students say sets this credentialing experience aside from others they have had are program director, Dr. Michael Roe’s unconventionally direct leadership style, and the opportunity to receive outstanding instruction in a close setting from an all-star faculty. The Leadership Institute courses are taught by Terrence Davis (Supt – Beaumont USD), Dr. Perry Wiseman (Asst. Supt, HR – San Bernardino USD), Dr. Suzette Lovely (Ret. Supt – Carlsbad USD), Darren Daniel (Asst. Supt , HR – Murrieta USD), Dr. LaFaye Platter (Ret. Asst. Supt, HR – Hemet USD), and Kenn Young (Ret. Supt – Riverside COE). ACSA is extremely pleased that all six instructors will be moving forward with us until our second San Bernardino cohort of the program, with the addition of Dr. Martinrex Kedziora (Supt – Moreno Valley USD), who will be co-instructing with Dr. Lovely.

In order to be eligible for the Leadership Institute, applicants must have:

  • an earned teaching credential or service credential,
  • five years of full-time teaching experience,
  • and a passing score on:
  • the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST),
  • or the California Subject Examination for Teacher (CSET).

The program curriculum is based on the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) and is comprised of 154 hours of in-class instruction and 77 hours of online chats, which take place over the course of the year. This time is organized into six courses, each with an end-of-course paper. In-person meetings of the entire cohort are held every other Saturday (excepting holiday schedules) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in San Bernardino County, (site to be announced this spring). Faculty members also invite “mini-session experts,” individuals with exceptional knowledge in a specific area related to the course, to share their expertise with participants. Online chats take place in small groups which are rotated between each course, and are mediated by online principal-coaches. These chats facilitate online learning and guided fieldwork for each course. Additionally, each student creates an end-of-year project intended to put concepts and standards from the coursework into action. The project centers around a need of the participant’s school or district which assists with continued development and implementation, and each project proposal is developed collaboratively with the program director and faculty, as well as with the participant’s district coach and peers. Participants present their projects to panels at the end-of-program symposium.

By completing four additional classes the following year (2-year program total), candidates may apply the work from Leadership Institute courses to earn their master’s degree in Applied School Leadership – an option made possible through ACSA’s collaboration with National University.

Participants have a support system and wealth of resources available to them throughout the program, beginning with the State of Education orientation meeting prior to the first course. Key concepts, requirements, and program expectations are provided at this meeting, so that participants are inspired and set up to succeed from the beginning. Human resources include the Leadership Institute team, a faculty mentor, district coach, and online principal- coaches, and the participant handbook provides details about coursework, fieldwork, online instruction, and policies and procedures. Additionally, Leadership Institute reading materials are provided on Kindle Fires, distributed to each cohort member shortly after the first registration payment is made.

Upon successful completion of the coursework for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, participants’ names will be submitted to the program office at CTC for either the Certificate of Eligibility or the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (if the participant has received an offer of administrative employment by a district).

“Every minute this morning was challenging and inspiring, and I am beyond excited about this growth opportunity for me as an educator, a leader, and as a person... I cannot believe what a blessing it is to be in the company of these amazing educators that you have brought for us to learn from.”

Program Application

The Fall 2019 cohort Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program application is now available.

Download the flier.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Roe and Jeannette Carpenter.

Clear Administrative Credential Program

Clear Administrative Credential Program

ACSA’s Clear Administrative Credential Program (CACP) is the largest provider of coaching, professional development and assessment for attaining the Clear Administrative Services Credential. Our program is grounded in the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) and a trained leadership coach supports and guides candidates with individualized, one-on-one, job embedded coaching to support the work of a new administrator over the course of the two-year program.

New administrators must enroll in a Clear Administrative Credential Program to obtain a Clear Administrative Services Credential. ACSA has served 985 new administrators throughout ACSA’s 19 regions as we partner with 21 local programs throughout the state. Local program coordinators provide advisement; enrollment forms an online application and specific information unique to each local program.

Clear Administrative Credential Candidates benefit from the following program components:

Program Requirements Program Benefits
  • 40 hours individualized, on-site leadership coaching
  • 20 hours of individualized Professional Development
  • Actively employed in an administrative services position
  • Highly trained, skilled, and successful Certified Leadership
  • Cohort-based collaboration with new administrators throughout California
  • Collaborative and supportive system for developing an induction plan and action

Program Application and Enrollment Dates:

  • Fall Cohort: April through September
  • Winter Cohort: November through January

How to Apply for the Clear Administrative Credentialing Program:

1) Advisement: Contact one of our 21 Local Programs.

2) Complete Documentation: Complete and submit two essential forms to the Local Program Coordinator in your selected area:

  1. Verification of Administrative Employment
  2. Candidate Commitment Form

Next Steps After Document Submission to Local Program Coordinator:

3) Verification and Program Acceptance: ACSA verifies the eligibility of the candidate's administrative position. ACSA credential office will notify the candidate of program acceptance via email.

4) Payment of Program Fees and Registration:

Payment of Program Fees: The overall program cost is in two parts. Part one is the ACSA Program Fees and part two is the Local Program Coaching Fees.

  1. ACSA Program Fees are $1,000 each year of the two-year program. A total of $2,000 per candidate is the established ACSA Program Fee. These fees are paid directly to ACSA.
  2. Local Program Coaching Fees are determined by each local program and range from $2,500 to $4,800 for each year of the two-year program. These fees are paid to the local program office.

Registration: ACSA will provide accepted program candidates with access to ACSA's online learning management system which supports both the leadership coaching staff and committed candidates throughout their professional development in the two-year program.

5) Assignment of Leadership Coach to Candidate: Candidates are matched with a trained leadership coach who has a thorough professional and educational tenure which aligns with the administrative position of the candidate.

Nondiscrimination: No candidate will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familiar status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition in its employment practices. This policy of affording equal candidate access to all persons is in keeping with provisions of state and federal laws and regulations.

Learn More

Download the CACP flier, find your Local Program Coordinator, or contact Tracy Robinson in ACSA's Educational Services Department for more information.


Credentialing