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Department of Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership

Clear Administrative Services Credential
Department of Educational Leadership
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On this page: Learn about options available in the EDL department to obtain a Clear Administrative Services Credential.

Program Overview

California has a 2-tier credential structure. A 5-year preliminary credential is the first credential issued after an individual meets basic credential requirements. A clear credential is issued when all credential requirements have been completed.

The SDSU Department of Educational Leadership, in conjunction with its National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST), offers the clear administrative services credential program.

This program, fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, offers novice administrators professional development grounded in the real work for the schools and districts they serve and informed by the leadership systems and practices found in America’s highest performing schools.

Program Highlights

  • One-on-one guidance provided by an experienced administrator coach
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  • Rich opportunities to learn directly from administrators leading high-performing urban schools through attendance at the NCUST Symposium and guided visits to NCUST’s award-winning schools
  • Job-embedded professional development as novice administrators identify a real problem of practice in their schools/ districts, articulate measurable goals for its resolution, and create and implement a plan of action
  • Participation in a network of other novice administrators designed to support leadership growth and development as participants learn from, support, and challenge one another

Course Sequence

Admission Requirements

  • Complete program application (see below)
  • Possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
  • Employment in a full-time administrative position in a California public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status

How to Apply

There are 2 separate applications for the Clear Administrative Services Credential Program:

  • District General Application (If you are employed by a district listed here, you will complete this application. Please note that admissions approval from your district office is required before submitting the application.)
    • Chula Vista Unified School District 
    • Grossmont Unified School District
    • Mount Diablo Unified School District
    • National School District 
    • San Diego Unified School District
    • SouthbayUnion School District
    • Sweetwater Union High School District 

  • NCUST General Application
    • If your district is not mentioned under the district application above, you will complete the general application.
    • For NCUST application, visit their website here

For additional assistance, contact Program Administrative Assistant Rachael Stewart, 619-594-1338 or

Program Contact Information

Department Contact

Rachael Stewart

Rachael Stewart
Administrative Assistant

Educational Leadership Department
NE 166A
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

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