Preconditions for Standards-based Clear
Administrative Services Credential Programs*

The General Preconditions established by the Commission (Preconditions 1–7) and the Preconditions established by state law (Preconditions 8-10) found in the section of this handbook for Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Programs also apply to the Clear Administrative Services Credential Programs and must be addressed in program proposals. In addition, the following preconditions specific to the Clear Credential must be addressed:

 Specific Preconditions Established by the Commission for the
Clear Administrative Services Credential

Initial Employment Requirement. An entity that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential shall determine, prior to admission to the credential program, that the candidate is employed in a position requiring an administrative credential. Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270 (b) and 44270.1 (a)(2).

The Educational Leadership and Administration Program requires all candidates for the clear credential to verify that they currently are in a position requiring the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential as a part the application process for the Clear Credential (See Appendix 12).

(2) Prerequisite Credential. An entity that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential shall determine, prior to admission to the credential program, that the candidate possesses a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270.1 (a)(1).

The Educational Leadership and Administration Program requires all candidates for the clear credential to submit a copy of their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential with the application for the Clear Credential (SeeAppendix 12).

(3) Individualized Induction Plan. An entity that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential shall provide for the development of a written individualized program of professional development activities (clear credential induction plan) for the advanced preparation program based upon individual needs. The plan shall be developed in consultations among the candidate, employer and university representative. Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270.1 (a)(3).

Candidates for the Clear Administrative Services Credential complete a self-assessment based on the Descriptions of Practice (WestEd, 2003). The district mentor than completes an assessment of the candidate and they meet to develop the clear credential induction plan. The plan is reviewed and approved by the university supervisor. Please see Appendix 13 for a copy of the assessment instrument and individualized induction plan.

(4) Non-university Activities Option. A college or university that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential may allow approved non-university activities to be included in the clear credential induction plan in consultations among the candidate, employer’s representative and university representative.   Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270.1 (a)(3).

Candidates may complete approved non-university activities at any time that such activities meet the course requirements and/or the specific needs of the induction plan. Approval of the district mentor and university supervisor are required. Please see Appendix 17 for the Clear Administrative Credential Program Completion Form which includes a place for alternative activities. Please note that the Clear Credential is currently offered through the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State (DPELFS), but will be offered independently again in the future.

(5) Administrative Experience Requirement. An entity that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential shall determine, prior to recommending a candidate for the credential, that the candidate has verified completion of a minimum of two years of successful experience in a full-time administrative position in a public school or private school of equivalent status while holding the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270.1 (a)(2).

The program coordinator of the Educational Leadership and Administration Program verifies that the candidate has completed a minimum of two years of successful experience in a full-time administrative position before signing the Program Completion Form (See Appendix 17).

(6) Inclusion of University Coursework. An entity that operates a program for the Clear Administrative Services Credential shall ensure that clear credential induction plan developed for each candidate includes university coursework among the required professional development activities. Statutory basis: Education Code Section 44270.1(a)(3).

The induction plan includes required coursework. However, if alternative non-university activities are available which may replace specific coursework, the district mentor and university supervisor will approve them. A candidate may also take alternative coursework through the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State (DPELFS). Please see the Program Completion Form for details (Appendix 17).