The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing offers the Administrative Services Credential to prospective administrators and principals.
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Additionally, you must complete a Commission-approved administrator preparation program. You may be exempt from this requirement if you fulfill certain experience and/or examination requirements (see below).The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is valid for five years and must then be converted to a Clear Administrative Services Credential. Educational requirements for the Clear Credential include completing one of the following:
To be eligible for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, you may take The California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE), in lieu of the Commission approved administrator preparation program or the one-year administrative internship. If you have not already done so, you must also satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement by passing one of the approved exams.
To receive the Clear Administrative Services Credential, you may opt to take a Commission-approved performance assessment or meet the Mastery of Fieldwork Performance Standards and pass an assessment in lieu of the educational preparation program.
If you are pursuing the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, you may complete a one-year, Commission-approved supervised internship in administrative services in lieu of the educational program. You must also have three years of full-time experience in teaching, pupil personnel work, health services, librarianship, or clinical or rehabilitative services (substitute or part-time experience does not count).
Before receiving the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, you must be able to verify employment in an administrative position. If you have not yet been hired, you may apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, which may be converted to a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential once you secure an administrative position.
When you seek the Clear Administrative Services Credential, you must verify completion of two years of full-time administrative experience while holding the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
The Clear Administrative Services Credential must be applied for and renewed online only.
As part of your application for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, you must complete a criminal history background check, which includes fingerprinting, and apply for a Certificate of Clearance. To begin the process, print three copies of the Request for LiveScan Service. Submit these copies to the LiveScan operator who takes your fingerprints (locations may be found here). If you complete the credentialing application online, you will be given instructions on how to verify the fingerprinting process has begun. If you submit the application via postal mail, you must attach a copy of the Request for LiveScan Service to verify that your fingerprints were taken.
The fingerprint and character identification process will take one to three days to complete. When you have met the requirements for the Certificate of Clearance, you will receive an email from the Commission notifying you of this.
For more information about Commission-approved administrator preparation programs, contact the colleges and universities offering them.
For more information about Administrative Services Credentialing, contact the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing at (888) 921-2682 or visit their website.