Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

How to Apply

Important Dates for Fall 2024

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
February 1, 2024
2. Interfolio program application March 1, 2024
3. Official transcripts due February 1, 2024

Please submit your Cal State Apply application prior to sending in official transcripts.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see help and tips on how to complete the Cal State Apply application.

SDSU Graduate Admissions: Steps to Apply

Step 2: Request Official Transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions at Submitting Your Transcripts.

Step 3: Submit the Interfolio Program Application

Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF). Please gather the required items below and have them ready to upload to the Interfolio 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 resume 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 Interfolio program application. Recommenders will submit their recommendations directly into the online program application.

Please complete this in the Interfolio program application.

Go to Program Application

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

Get in Touch

General Questions & Advising

Dr. Rupi Boyd, Advisor, [email protected]

Cal State Apply Application Help

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