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Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Application Process

Learn how to apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program offered through the Department of Educational Leadership.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2019)
March 1, 2022 
2. Program application March 1, 2022
3. Official Transcripts due April 1, 2022


Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Opens Oct 1

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2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

3. Submit the Program application

Please gather the required items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

Hold a valid California Clear Credential.
If you do not have a copy of your original CBEST test results, you will need to request them from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

A minimum of 5 years of successful, full-time experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status located in California or another state, or a combination of experience earned in California and another state. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, clinical or rehabilitative services, or a combination of teaching and school services. (Substitute teaching does not apply.)

Verification of experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience. (See an example: Verification of Experience Template.)

Note: To earn the credential, you must have a full 5 years of teaching experience at the time you finish the program.

Write a Statement of Leadership Philosophy, 1-2 pages, addressing your beliefs and values about:

  • Leadership
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Other stakeholders

Prepare a resumé or Curriculum Vitae to add to your application, which will include your education and employment history as well as any academic honors, awards, scholarships, and publications. Be sure to include leadership activities such as department chair, leadership team member, etc.

Contact 2 individuals who you have interacted with both academically and/or professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. One of the recommenders must be an immediate supervisor.

Please collect names and email addresses so you are ready to request these letters in the Program application. Recommenders will submit their recommendations directly into the online Program application.

Please complete this in the Program application

Submit your program application online

Go to Program Application

  • Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF).

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential is offered through the SDSU Department of Educational Leadership.

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