Administrator Preparation in California

California has a two-tiered credentialing system for administrators. During the first-tier preliminary program, candidates prepare for a future administrative position with a focus on the skills needed by a school site administrator. Preliminary preparation includes successful completion of required coursework, fieldwork, and passage of the CalAPA, a performance demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The clear induction program, the second tier of preparation is a two-year job-embedded individualized program, based upon the candidate’s employment position. This preparation involves extensive support for, and mentoring of, new administrators in their first and second year of service.

  • Administrative Services Credential Program Standards Handbook. Guidance for program sponsors in both designing and implementing a preliminary or clear/induction Administrative Services Credential program are captured in one location in this booklet.  Containing the programs’ preconditions, content expectations, performance expectations, the 2017 preliminary program standards, the 2014 clear induction standards and glossaries for both programs, the booklet also offers contextual information and graphic aids to help understand program requirements.

Preliminary Administrative Services Credentials

  • 2017 Content and Performance Expectations, are used in the preliminary tier of preparation, supporting future education administrators and beginning practitioners, define the content of courses and the performance levels expected of a beginning administrator. Both sets of expectations are aligned to the more complex California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL) used to measure current administrators’ practice. The performance expectations are assessed through a combination of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) and coursework/fieldwork assignments.
  • Passage of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) is now a mandatory requirement of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. Focusing on school site leadership, candidates demonstrate their knowledge and skills of the California Administrators Performance Expectations (CAPE) in preparation to serve as a school leader. Assessment Materials for Year 2 are available to program faculty through a password-protected link on the Faculty Resources page of this site.
  • Partnership Letter to District and County Offices Candidate fieldwork locations are important factors in preparing candidates for mastery of program the CalAPA. CTC’s Executive Director Mary Sandy has authored a letter to aid schools, district, and county office personnel understand their role in preliminary preparation, through initial partnerships and ongoing relationships with initial preparation programs.  This letter is being provided here for programs to download and distribute to all district and county offices with whom their candidates work during their preliminary program enrollment as they continue to partner together for candidate success.
  • Sample Submissions for each of the CAlAPA cycles (Cycles 1, 2, and 3) can be found at CalAPA Faculty Policies and Resources in the Faculty Resouces section.
  • CalAPA Support Structures
    • Weekly Office Hours for PASC faculty: Thursdays, from 11:00 to 11:30 or until all questions are addressed.  Call in with any questions, concerns or just to listen to others’ questions!
    • Virtual Think Tanks: Usually held on the last Friday of each month, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, these are webinar discussions pertinent to the CalAPA and  co-facilitated by CTC, Evaluation Systems, and experts from the field.
    • 2021 Induction Conference: Save the Date! December 6-8th in Anaheim, CA.

Clear/Induction Administrative Services Credentials

  • Moving Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition. Enhancing the usefulness of the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL), this booklet illustrates what individual elements within each of the six CPSEL look like across a continuum of practice, including developing credentialing criteria and assessments, planning leadership preparation, induction, professional learning or coaching, and clarifying performance expectations. Programs and districts across the state use this booklet in evaluating the performance of administrators and candidates.
  • Program Design aids can be found in the Support and Guidance for the Development and Submission of Clear Induction Programs proposals The CTC, in collaboration with the California Comprehensive Center @ WestEd and the California Department of Education, has created programs resources to help institutions who are developing clear induction programs. Organized by the six CPSEL categories, this website offers resources, implementation tips, training ideas, and development guidance.

  • Recordings from the 2020 CA Induction Conference, held December 7th through technology, are now available.  Presenter materials may also be accessed, via the link shown on page one. The opening session featured welcome messages, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy, Executive Director of the Commission and a panel of program directors/coaches discussing their efforts in providing services for induction candidates with preliminary requirements to complete.  Breakout sessions provided foundational information on performance assessments, current best practices on candidate support, collaboration and communication, online teaching, and many other pertinent induction topics.
  • Administrative Services Resources Related to COVID-19 can be found under both general Information for Commission Stakeholders page and the webpage dedicated specifically to Information for Preparation Programs.  Both pages offer multiple resources pertinent to administrative services programs and candidates.
  • To better understand the requirements of each CalAPA Cycle, listen to the following recorded webinars where each cycle is presented step by step

CalAPA Deep Dives

Cycle 1Zoom Link
Cycle 2Zoom Link Part 1
Zoom Link Part 2
Cycle 3Zoom Link
  • CalAPA personnel are on hand weekly to answer your questions about submitting the CalAPA Cycles.  Tune in weekly out  Expanded Office Hours to Support CASC Candidates with PASC Requirements to Complete

CalAPA AudienceDayTimeZoom Link
CASC Program Faculty , StaffThursdays8:00-8:50 AMZoom Link
Preliminary Program Faculty StaffThursdays11:00-11:30 AMZoom Link
PS-VTW & EO CandidatesThursdays5:00-5:45 PMZoom Link

Contacting Commission Approved Programs      

Foundational Commission Resources for Clear Administrative Services Induction Program        

Updated March 14, 2022