Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC) (Previously the Tier II Credential)
New State regulations require that administrators begin their Clear Credential Program within 120 of being hired for an administrative position. The new credential program requires collaboration with a certified coach, professional learning outlined in an Individual Induction Plan (IIP), and demonstration of competence in all six of the California Professional Standard for Educational Leaders (CPSEL). California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (click here to view changes)
Clear Administrative Services Credential
Two (2) years administrative experience.
The major purpose of the CSUDH professional level program is to provide for support, mentoring and assistance designed to contribute to the success of the new administrator. The emphasis of the CSUDH professional level preparation is to move the administrator beyond the functional aspects of performing administrative service to reflective thinking about his or her role in providing an environment for effective and creative teaching, and student success in learning. Each candidate's professional development at the professional level is guided by an individualized induction plan, which is based on an assessment of the new administrator's needs. The plan includes a mentoring component, and may include both academic requirements and other requirements that could include non-university activities.
The design of the program is based on a sound rationale informed by the principles of various learning theories and research aligned with the curriculum content in CCTC’s Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Administrative Services Credential, January 2004. The program is designed to provide extensive opportunities for candidates to learn and apply those theories and includes both formative and summative assessments.
Course syllabi are developed using an agreed upon protocol including clearly defined learner outcomes, instructional strategies determined by the learner outcomes, formative and summative assessments, resources that support the learning theory, and meaningful practice and field experiences. The program is designed to prepare school leaders to confront issues of equity, achievement gaps, scarce resources, hard to staff schools, and under performing teachers and staff and to lead in ways that positively impact teaching and learning, school culture, and community involvement.
Candidates may choose to demonstrate competency in any of the six CPSELs whenever they judge their advance level of competency has been obtained. SLP 580: Professional Leadership Pre-Assessment, Induction
The program consists of three phases:
1) Initial Assessment and development of the candidate’s Individual Induction Plan (IIP) (SLP 580: Professional Leadership Pre-Assessment, Induction).
2) The IIP is used as a guide to the candidate as he/she becomes professionally competent as per the outcomes of each of the six thematic areas. (SLP 581: Principles of Professional Practice, Six CPSELs) – this is a repeatable course until all six CPSELs and competencies have been mastered). Generally candidates take two semesters of this course. Candidates participate in university and non-university sponsored learning activities as specified in their IIP. Assessment of competencies can occur at any point in the program.
3) Summative Assessment (SLP 582: Professional Leadership Post Assessment)
Collaboration with a Certified Coach
Candidates in the Clear Administrative Services Program will complete a minimum of 40 hours with a certified coach. This coaching will consist of site visits, on campus face-to-face meetings, and electronic conversation (telephone, Google hangout, etc.) Through the coaching process, candidates will develop an Individualized Induction Plan based on a series of preliminary assessments and consultation.
Components of the pie chart above
50% Online, "distance-learning"
A combination of chat room, discussion board, and research activities have been designed to support the candidate achieve professional competency in each of the six thematic areas identified in Standard 3. The CSUDH program is designed to be relevant and problem-based. Each candidate selects a relevant problem to research, study, analyze, and make recommendations for resolution. Each of the six CPSELs are researched, studied, and analyzed within the project prior to the candidate developing a summary, conclusions and recommendations. Collaboratively, the cohort coordinator, fieldwork mentor and candidate select assigned readings that provide a theoretical perspective regarding the problem/project being studied. The program is a seamless blend of traditional classroom learning, non-university sponsored staff development opportunities, on-line and field activities.
25% Traditional, "face-to-face"
The face-to-face format, is comprised of seminars, discussions, lecture, and selected panel discussions composed of experts currently working in the field. The topics of these learning opportunities are based on the curriculum content identified in Standard 3.
The field experience consists of a field-based leadership project that integrates with the course work, readings, mentoring, field experience, and on-line components of the CSUDH program.
Candidates may engage in non-university coursework, approved development opportunities, and fieldwork activities in which they learn and apply material that develops their advanced knowledge and skills with issues related to teaching, learning, and instructional leadership in California’s many diverse school settings. Candidates may propose selection of non-university development activities such as district or county seminars, workshops, or conferences to meet part of their coursework requirement and achieve professional competency in one or more CPSELs. Many candidates in our program participate in the Los Angeles Unified School District Administrative Academy which is aligned to the six thematic areas per Standard 3. The recommendations are reviewed by university faculty and fieldwork mentor; upon approval, they become part of the candidates Individual Induction Plan (IIP).
Required Courses (10 units):
SLP 580 Professional School Leadership, Pre-assesment induction (2 units)
SLP 581 Principles of Professional Administrative Practice: Six CPSELs (3 units; repeatable)
SLP 582 Professional School Leadership: Post-Assessment (2 units)