Administrative Services
Clear Credential Program

Professional development grounded in the real work of the schools and districts you serve and informed by the leadership practices found in America’s best schools.


San Diego State University, in conjunction with the National Center for Urban School Transformation, is pleased to offer a California Administrative Services Clear Credential program. This exciting program, fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, offers novice administrators professional development grounded in the real work of the schools and districts they serve and informed by the leadership, structures, and practices found in America’s highest performing schools.

Our two-year induction program is designed to provide novice administrators with individualized, job-embedded support and guidance through a blended model of one-on-one expert coaching, monthly principals’ network meetings, and rich professional learning opportunities. This combination of supports will offer new leaders both confidential growth opportunities addressing specific learning goals and needs with an experienced leader, as well as opportunities to engage in non-competitive collective learning with peers who are facing similar work situations.


  • One-on-one guidance provided by an experienced administrator coach
Clear your credential at one of the nation’s top universities
  • 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

How to Apply

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


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.

  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Grossmont Unified School District
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District
  • Chula Vista Unified School District 
  • Sweetwater Union High School District


If your district is not mentioned under the district application above, you will complete the NCUST Cohort Application.


****Applications for this program are now being accepted for the Spring 2024 Cohort *****

  • Fall Semester Application Cycle :
    • August 1 – September 3
  • Spring Semester Application Cycle: 
    • November 15th – January 30


  • Application (see above) including a copy of CA Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and proof of employment in a full-time administrative position in a California public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status on district/agency letterhead signed by designated HR rep.

  • Payment of deposit is due within 30 days of receiving the program acceptance notice. The invoice will come from the billing office.


This course serves as an orientation to the program and an introduction to field experience. Students will access their own school data to make instructional and curriculum decisions for improving student achievement.

Participate in and observe leadership practices in local schools and educational settings.



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