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

What is 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 Induction Plan (IIP), 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?
Any person who accepts an administrative position and has a certificate of eligibility can apply for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and join the ADMIN KEYS program. Program entry is required within one calendar year of your preliminary credential activation. Completion of a Clear Administrative Services Credential Program is required within the first five years of employment as an Administrator.​

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.
CASC-ADMIN KEYS Application​

What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program is $8,000 ($4,000 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 IIP can be revised if jobs or job contexts change.​