The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Has the state adopted leadership standards?||Yes. California has adopted the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders.||Cal. Educ. Code § 44671
|Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs?||California Commission on Teacher Credentialing||Cal. Educ. Code § 44270.1|
|Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards?||Yes. Administrative services credential preparation programs must align with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Standards, which include the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders.||Source|
|Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs?||Yes. Administrative services credential preparation programs must provide a practical field experience. State guidelines provide additional requirements. However, no hour requirement was found.||Source|
|Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs?||No state policy found.|
|Certification and Licensure|
|What are the initial school leader certification requirements?||To qualify for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, a candidate must:
||Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 80054
Cal. Educ. Code § 44270
|What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state?||In addition to verified out-of-state education and work experience comparable to in-state candidates, out-of-state applicants prepared in a regionally-accredited teacher and administrator preparation program holding, or who are eligible to hold, a certificate issued by another state must also satisfy California's basic skills requirement and submit fingerprint clearance forms. An out-of-state applicant who satisfies all necessary requirements except the basic skills requirement may be issued a one-year non-renewable credential.
Note: If an out-of-state prepared candidate does not have the required five years of full-time teaching earned in another state, they must satisfy all the requirements of in-state candidates.
|Cal. Educ. Code § 44270.3
Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 80054.1
|Is there an alternative route to initial certification?||As an expedited alternative, the commission may issue a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential to a candidate who does not complete a specialized and professional preparation program in administrative services or an intern program in administrative service, if he/she receives a passing score on the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination.||Cal. Educ. Code § 44270.5
Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 80054