California authorizes administrative services, such as those performed by a school site principal, via the Administrative Services Credential.

To qualify for this credential based on out-of-state preparation, you must submit the following minimum requirements:
  1. Application Form ( 41-4) and processing fee.
    See the application instructions to be sure the form is properly filled out.
  2. Official transcripts verifying your Bachelor's degree (and any additional higher degrees).
    The transcripts must be the original college issued documents, not photocopies, but they do not have to be sealed in the original envelope.
  3. Evidence of fingerprint processing.
    See Credential Leaflet CL-271 regarding fingerprint requirements.
  4. A copy of an out-of-state examination that meets the requirements for the California Basic Skills Examination.
    See Credential Leaflet CL-667 for additional information, including examples of out-of-state examinations that meet this requirement.
  5. Supporting documentation for the appropriate route by which you qualify.
    See Credential Leaflet CL-574 for detailed information on the requirements for each route.
California has a two-tier credential structure. A preliminary credential is the first document issued after an individual meets basic credential requirements. The preliminary credential is issued for a maximum of five years. A clear credential is issued when all credential requirements have been completed. If requirements for the clear credential are not completed before the expiration of the preliminary, the holder will be unable to serve as an administrator in California's public schools with that credential until those requirements are met and the document is renewed.   
Updated August 18, 2023