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​​Included below are questions we typically receive about the Clear Administrative Services Program ADMIN KEYS.  

What is the ADMIN KEYS (Administr​ator Development Mentoring Inspiring Network Knowledge and Education for Your Success)?

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has two levels of Administrative Services Credentials: The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential. Upon  completion of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, individuals who are not yet employed in an administrative position can apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate authorizes them for employment in administration.

MCOE’s CASC-ADMIN KEYS Program is a job-embedded, site-based, individualized coaching program and is an approved pathway by CCTC. This is a two year program that includes one-on-one coaching with a skilled administrator, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), professional and personalized learning opportunities, and a culminating portfolio representing two years of leadership development based upon the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL)​.

Who is eligible to apply for the "CASC-ADMIN KEYS" Clear Credential?
Upon initial employment in an administrative position, the certificate holder will be eligible to apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential which is valid for five years. The completion of a Clear Administrative Services Credential Program is required within the first five years of employment as an Administrator.

Candidates may be accepted with only one full year of experience if they will be employed full time for a year during the program. Candidates must have two full years of experience by the completion of the program in order to apply for the credential.

 What are the CASC-ADMIN KEYS requirements for program application at MCOE?

  1. Possession of a valid California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
  2. Verification of a full-time administrative position in a public school, non public school, or private school of equivalent status.  School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience.

How do I apply for the CASC-ADMIN KEYS?
Administrators need to complete an online application.


What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program is $7,000 ($3,500 for each of the two years) if MCOE provides the coach. Otherwise, districts may contract with MCOE to pay for part of the training for a discounted rate to the administrator. Contact the program coordinator for specific cost information.

What are the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders?
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students. The standards are intended to serve as a basis for measuring competence throughout the career of today's site principals, district administrators and county level managers. Inherent in these standards is a strong commitment to cultural diversity and the use of technology as a powerful tool. More information can be found at​​

How is my coach selected?
Qualified coaches are matched to administrators by experience and if possible, geographical proximity. Additional coaches with specific expertise may be contacted for additional support.

What if I change jobs in the middle of the two years?
An administrator's ILP can be revised if jobs or job contexts change.​