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 11-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.

Candidates are required to take the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) and will be required to complete and submit all three cycles of the CalAPA before being recommended for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

The authorizing agency for the credential is Sacramento County Office of Education.


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 10-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.

Candidates are required to take the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) and will be required to complete and submit all three cycles of the CalAPA before being recommended for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. These candidates will be required to meet the passing standard for the assessment to be recommended for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The authorizing agency for the credential is Sacramento County Office of Education.

Program begins in San Bernardino County August 2020.

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. Michael Roe (Executive Director of Leadership, Innovation, and Outreach - Riverside County of Education ), 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 and 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 and More Information

The Fall 2020 cohort Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program application window is now closed.

To learn more about our program, download our cohort flyer.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Roe.

Clear Administrative Credential Program

Clear Administrative Credential Program

Website Enrollment

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 highly trained and experienced 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. Our program outcomes are described here.

New administrators must enroll in a Clear Administrative Credential Program to obtain a Clear Administrative Services Credential within the first year of obtaining an administrative position. ACSA has served 985 new administrators throughout ACSA’s 19 regions as we partner with local programs throughout the state. Local program coordinators provide advisement, coaching assignments and specific information unique to each local program.

"Having virtually visited the program and interacted with numerous stakeholders, it is apparent that ACSA's Clear Administrative Services Credential Program is highly valued by all of its stakeholders.... Candidates and completers reported that they experienced a powerful job embedded program facilitated and supported by incredible coaches."

~California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Team Lead

Clear Administrative Credential Candidates benefit from 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 Coach
  • Cohort-based collaboration with new administrators throughout California
  • Collaborative and supportive system for developing an induction plan and action steps

Program Enrollment Dates for Winter Cohort: November 1st through January 29th

How to Apply for the Clear Administrative Credentialing Program:



Eligibility Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid preliminary administrative services credential or certificate of eligibility from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Due to COVID-19 Variable Term Waivers may also meet eligibility requirements.
  • Verification of an offer of employment in an employing agency as defined in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations section 800 (g) (1).

Application Process:

Step One: Local Program Coordinator Advisement

Interested candidates contact one of our local program coordinators for an advisement meeting to discuss coach match, professional development, credential pathway, program outcomes and local program coaching fees.

Local Program Coordinator List :Contact one of our Local Program Coordinators.

Step Two: Complete the Online Application and Upload Two Required Documents

Document 1: Verification of Administrative Employment

This form needs to be downloaded and signed by a candidate's employer verifying employment in a position that requires an administrative services credential.

Check to make sure your Verification of Administrative Employment form is signed by your employer.

Document 2: Credential Verification

Provide a copy of your Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Certificate of Eligibility or Variable Term Waiver Document from CCTC. Watch the instructional video from CCTC to see how to access the document: Video

Upload a copy of your credential to the application link.

Online ACSA CACP Application Link

ACSA's Next Steps

1) Verification and Program Acceptance

ACSA verifies a candidate's eligibility and confirms local program acceptance. The ACSA credential staff will notify the candidate of program acceptance from the program director, Dr. Tracy Robinson, via email.

2) Registration and Payment of Program Fees:

Registration: All accepted candidates will receive an invitation to register in CVENT to make program fee payments.

Program Fees: ACSA program fees are $1,000.00 per year for each of the two years of the program for a total of $2,000.00. Program fees may be paid by a candidate or an employer and are paid to ACSA. The program fee payment schedule is found here: [coming soon]

Local Program Coaching Fees are in addition to program fees and vary between local programs. They range from $3,750.00 to $4,500.00 per year. Contact a local program coordinator for details.

3) Assignment of Leadership Coach to Candidate: Candidates are matched with an experienced, highly skilled and trained leadership coach to participate in 40 hours of individualized coaching per year.

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.

We will accept candidates to the ACSA Clear Administrative Credential Program starting June 1.

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