CA Educational Leadership Certification Requirements - Direct Pathway

Educational Leadership Certification Available: Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)

California has the following requirements for out-of-state applicants for a preliminary administrative services credential who have completed a regionally accredited and state approved administrator preparation program:

1. BACHELOR's REQUIREMENT: Possession of a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

2. BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT: Passing scores on an exam that satisfies the CA basic skills requirement.

3. CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a clear or life teaching or services credential in California.

4. TEACHING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: Verification of 5 years of successful, full-time teaching  and/or school services experience earned at a public or private school or equivalent status located in California and/or another state.

5. PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: Completion of an administrator preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university located in another state (alternative administrator programs are not acceptable). 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of, or eligibility for, an administrative services credential in another state.

7. VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT: Verification of an offer of employment in an administrative position from a California employing agency or apply for a Certificate of Eligibility.

8.  WGU Program Requirement:  Beginning 9/1/2018, the WGU program requirement is the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision for students in California. If passed prior to 8/31/2018, the Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.

9. PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.

If you begin your practicum on or after August 1, 2016, the completion of a minimum 540-hour practicum must take place over the course of a full school year. See the Washington Rules for more information. Your Educational Leadership standard pathway will be changed to account for this full school year requirement. This may result in an additional academic term of study.

A full school year shall mean at least the academic year. While principal candidates may begin their practicum in any month, they must complete practicum activities (verified on the clinical hour log) during every month that the school is open for a total of at least one academic year. The practicum does not conclude early if 540 hours are logged prior to the accumulation of one academic year and candidates may not accelerate through the practicum. School year means the annual period commencing on the first day of September of one calendar year and ending the last day of August of the ensuing calendar year.


Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in California

Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
California Administrator Credential Application Instructions



Article Number: 19399, 1826