Clear Administrative Credential Program

  • Photo of handshake ACOE's Clear Induction program meets the new California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC) guidelines for the Clear Administrative Services Credential. This replaces the Tier II program.

    As of July 1, 2015, all administrators seeking to clear their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential must now do so by completing a two-year CTC approved induction program. Previous programs and pathways to the clear credential no longer exist.

    Who Should Participate?

    Current administrators who possess a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and are in a position requiring an administrative credential are eligible to apply. Any new administrators hired by districts must enroll in a Clear Induction Administrative Credential Program within 30 days of employment.

    What is the Clear Induction (formerly Tier II)?

    The Clear Administrative Services Credential Induction Program provides candidates an individualized induction experience based on the context of their leadership role, including one-on-one coaching by an experienced administrator. Candidates participate in an ongoing formative assessment, professional development seminars, and job-alike professional learning communities designed to grow the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential for successful administrative leadership. The ACOE Clear Induction program does not require you to attend classes; all meetings are at your site.

    Complete this interest form for the Clear Administrative Services Induction Program and we will contact you directly with next steps.

    Program Costs

    • The cost of the two-year program is $4,000 per year payable to ACOE.
    • $1000/year payable to "Association for California School Administrators"
    • Tuition is the responsibility of the candidate. Reimbursement and/or financial assistance is at the discretion of the school district.

    Additional information


  • Interested in Coaching?

    In preparation for starting this new program, ACOE is recruiting Administrative Services Credential Induction Coaches.
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Meet Shaun McElroy, Executive Director

  • Shaun McElroy Shaun McElroy joined ACOE in 2015 as the Director of Leadership Development, serving new administrators seeking to gain their Clear Administrative Credential

    Shaun has served bay area school communities for nearly four decades as a classroom teacher and site administrator. During Shaun’s tenure as a site administrator, he successfully led schools to five California Distinguished School Awards and a National Blue Ribbon Award. Shaun was selected as the ACSA Region IV Administrator of the Year in 2006.

    Shaun holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, K-12 teaching credentials in biology and physical education, and a Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential. He is certified by the Association for California School Administrators and the New Teacher Center as a School Leadership Coach. He was a Stanford University Principal Fellow from 2010-14.

    Since 2007, Shaun has consulted in thirteen school districts in Contra Costa, San Mateo and Alameda counties. His coaching repertoire includes new administrators, leadership coaches, administrative teams, and administrators looking to grow their leadership skillset.