Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

CTC Approved Program

RCOE is proud to offer a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program, approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The vision of our program is:  To empower and equip administrators who both understand and embrace the challenges of educational leadership.

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The RCOE PASC Program is grounded in the California Administrator Performance Expectations which describes what new administrators must know and be able to do as they become principals for the first time. It also features the integration of a world-class leadership model, Kouzes’ and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, throughout the course work. The Five Practices help educational leaders build credibility through Modeling the Way, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, and Encouraging the Heart. Though leadership will be studied from many perspectives, Kouzes’ and Posner’s model will provide a common language for understanding leadership development across the county.

Our program has a strong emphasis on ethics and equity, embedding the Model Code of Ethics for Educators into each course, and focusing on equity in every aspect of the administrator’s role. New to our program this year, the program will also feature the Leading Edge Certification for Administrators, which means you leave the program with an extra certification that will serve you well in an increasingly technological work environment.

Another feature of the program is that it will be delivered using a hybrid model, blending face-to-face instruction with online learning. Candidates will meet one Saturday a month for 16 months, and then engage in online learning and assignments during the months between classes. The bulk of the fieldwork for the program is the completion of the newly required California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA). The CalAPA is composed of three Leadership Cycles that provide candidates experience in analyzing data to inform school improvement and promote equity, facilitating communities of practice, and supporting teacher growth.

Program staff members have served on the CalAPA Design Team and scored CalAPA submissions during the pilot and field test phases of the rollout. The program participated in the field test during 2017-2018 as well, meaning the instructors have already begun the process of refining their support for candidates in completing the assessment. We are well prepared to help candidates pass the assessment to earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

The CalAPA administration for RCOE cohorts starting in 2018-2019 school year is non-consequential, meaning candidates are required to complete the CalAPA, but are not required to pass it to earn the credential. For RCOE cohorts starting in 2019-2020, candidates must complete the CalAPA and pass it to earn the credential.

One feature that our candidates have always highlighted is the quality of our instructors, who serve as principals, directors, assistant superintendents, and county office personnel in Riverside County. This program is practical, hands-on, with great opportunities for networking with veteran and aspiring administrators across the county.

Program Information

  • 16-month program, including a one-month summer hiatus in July.
  • Cohorts begin in September and January of each year.
  • Classes meet one Saturday per month with online and fieldwork assignments completed between classes.
  • Seven developmentally sequenced courses grounded in the CAPE:
    • Leading By Example: Who Am I?
    • Shared Vision: Where Are We Going?
    • Shared Leadership: Doing It Together
    • Systems and Systems Thinking: Making It Work
    • Regulatory Leadership: The Law
    • Instructional Leadership: The Work
    • Leadership Realities: Now What?
  • Completion of an online fieldwork portfolio, including three leadership observations.
  • Presentation of fieldwork and course learning at the conclusion of the program.

Program Cost: $7500, with a $500 non-refundable deposit, applied to program fees.

Program Eligibility:

  • Hold an active California clear or life teaching credential, Designated Subjects, Pupil Personnel Services, Teacher Librarian, Speech-Language Pathology Services, Clinical or Rehabilitative Services, or a School Nurse Services credential.
  • Submit all required enrollment documentation for the PASC Program to the Leadership Institute of Riverside County.

Application Deadlines: 

  • August 15th for the September cohort
    Note:  All applications received after that date may be assigned to the January Cohort.
  • November 30th for the January cohort

Application Requirements:

E-mail application and supporting documents to or JET/Mail to:

Cheryl Reynolds-Young
Leadership Institute of Riverside County
Riverside County Office of Education
3939 13th Street
Riverside CA 92502