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Clear Administrative Services Credential

Eligibility for admission to the Clear Administrative Services Credential program requires candidates to possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and be employed in a position requiring that credential.

Program Overview

The program is comprised of (12) units from these courses:

  • Politics of Education (2)
  • Data, Assessment & Curriculum (2)
  • Urban Superintendent (2)
  • Pressing Urban Issues (2)
  • Advocacy, Media & Law (2)
  • Professional Practice of Educational Leadership A (1)
  • Professional Practice of Educational Leadership B (1)

Course Descriptions | 12 Units


O&L 731 Politics of Education (2 units)
The purpose of the course is to provide students with the ability to critically analyze and manage the political context of educational leadership by building an understanding of the politics of education.  The course includes an emphasis on K-12 and post-secondary governance structures, stakeholders, policymaking, agenda setting, and the connections between federal, state, and local policy decisions and their impact on student learning.

O&L 732 Data, Assessment & Curriculum (2 units)
The framework for the course will be standards-based reform and a systematic approach to thinking about how leaders in urban school districts work together to improve a whole system of schools and refuse to settle for just a few more good schools as a result of their efforts. The context in urban settings demands that leaders must inspire those they lead with a sense of urgency and convince them to embrace the goal student learning for all. This course also explores ways for shaping a school system as a healthy place for everyone's growth and development, with special attention to faculty, administrators, support staff, and the superintendent.

O&L 736 Urban Superintendent (2 units)
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the major technical and leadership functions of the Superintendent. Students will analyze critical issues confronting the urban superintendent in areas such as identifying and scaling up effective practices, fostering instructional leadership among teachers and principals, designing assessment and accountability systems, focusing resources on the improvement of instruction and student learning, and managing relationships with school boards and other influential actors.

O&L 737 Pressing Urban Issues (2 units)
This course presents a critical social analysis and critique of current issues for school leaders in urban education. As our society continues to become diverse, leaders must stay current on how to best meet the needs of students in their schools and districts. Each summer the course will focus on a new pressing issues of the time, so that leaders are able to better prepare themselves to meet the needs of their students today.

O&L 738 Advocacy, Media & Law (2 units)
Successful urban leaders must advocate for the students, teachers, and the communities they represent. In order to do this leaders must be able to use both the media and law effectively to advocate for their schools and community. This course is an investigation into the public understanding of K-12 education, its sources, its susceptibility to change, and the ways that urban leaders can effectively use the media and law to advocate for their schools and community.

O&L 733 Professional Practice of Educational Leadership (A) (1 unit)
Field-based applications of research, knowledge and skills developed as part of the individualized induction plan organized to address principles and concepts of administrative practice centered on the themes of:

  1. organizational and cultural environment,
  2. dynamics of strategic issues management,
  3. ethical and reflective leadership,
  4. analysis and development of public policy,
  5. management of information systems, and
  6. management of human and fiscal resources.

Enrollment is limited to students in the Clear Administrative Services Credential program.

O&L 734 Professional Practice of Educational Leadership (B) (1 unit)
Continuation of field-based applications of research, knowledge and skills developed as part of the individualized induction plan organized to address principles and concepts of administrative practice centered on the themes of:

  1. organizational and cultural environment,
  2. dynamics of strategic issues management,
  3. ethical and reflective leadership,
  4. analysis and development of public policy,
  5. management of information systems, and
  6. management of human and fiscal resources. Includes maintenance of a journal containing observation, documentation and analysis of current issues and reflections on professional practice and personal growth.