Administrative Services Credential - Preliminary Tier I (ACT I)

At a Glance

San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) announces its Tier 1 Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. This one-year program is designed for full-time educators who are looking to earn an administrative credential to either deepen their current work or open up additional career opportunities in site- or district-based administration.

Mission Statement

San Mateo County Office of Education Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (PASC) is committed to improving the leadership qualities of aspiring administrators serving all students by providing high quality professional development, and a program of support that includes assessment and reflections.

Program Description

San Mateo County Office of Education Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program is a one-year program designed for full-time educators who are looking to earn an administrative credential. The program maintains a rigorous pace in order to conclude in one year. A blended learning model is used with the majority of learning occurring in person. Supplemental, individual, group, online learning, and fieldwork are also components of this program. For more program information, please refer to ACT I, Cohort 3 Brochure 2018-2019.

If you're interested or have questions about Cohort 3 (2018-2019) please contact us or attend one of our upcoming Information Meetings:

PASC ACT I, Cohort 3: Information Meetings

Thursdays 4 - 5 PM

October 5, 2017 or October 19, 2017

Meetings located at: San Mateo County Office of Education - 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

To reserve your seat please email Dr. Heidi Joyner at

Program Overview

Certification of all Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements is accomplished through a one-year program.

  • CTC approved Tier I Program.

  • Aligned with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.

  • Blended learning model with in-person learning, supplemental, individual, and group online learning and administrative fieldwork.

  • Lens of equity throughout all curriculum.

  • Program tuition is $5,000 plus books; Candidates from outside San Mateo County may be accepted at an additional cost with approval from their own County Office of Education.

  • All classes taught by veteran or practicing administrators.


  • Anyone seeking an administrative credential.
  • Minimum 4 years of teaching and/or counseling experience.
  • Recommendations available for those with 5 years of verified teaching and/or counseling experience with a credential.
  • Complete Online Application for Cohort 2
  • Submit a Letter of Interest and Two Recommendations to Dr. Heidi Joyner


  • One-year program
  • Program requirements include coursework, integrated online learning, field experience, and action research.
  • Administrative fieldwork for job embedded experiences.
  • Completion of ePortfolio to demonstrate mastery of California Performance and Content Expectations for Administrators.

Important Dates:

ACT I, Cohort 2 (2017-2018) meets Tuesday evenings from 4:00pm to 10:00pm for weekly sessions held at San Mateo County Office of Education.

Focus Area Time Dates Duration
PASC 100: Orientation - Intro and Overview 4pm - 6pm  January 31, 2017  
PASC 101: Administration of Public Schools in a Democratic Society; Foundations

4pm - 10pm

*4pm - 6:30pm

February 7, 14 (online assign.), 21, 28*; March 7

5 weeks

PASC 102: Transformational Change Leadership I 4pm - 10pm

March 14, 21, 28; April 4 and 11

5 weeks

PASC 103: Instructional Leadership

4pm - 10pm

*4pm - 7pm

April 18, 25, May 2*, 23, 30, and June 6* 5 weeks
PASC 104: Transformational Change Leadership II: School Improvement

*7pm - 10pm

4pm - 10pm

May 2*, 9, 16

3 weeks
PASC 105: Technology for School Administrators

*7pm - 10pm


June 27*

July/Aug Course: Due August 31st

PASC 106: The "Principalship"

*7pm - 10pm

4pm - 10pm

June 6*, 13, and 20 3 weeks
PASC 107: Culture and Climate

*7pm - 10pm

4pm - 10pm

September 5*, 12, 19 3 weeks
PASC 108: Portfolio Seminar

4pm - 7pm

*7pm - 10pm

June 27, September 5,

November 28*, December 12 and 19

5 weeks
PASC 109: Governance

7pm - 10pm

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31(online assign.);

November 14; December 5 and 12

10 weeks
PASC 110: Equity & Access

4pm - 7pm

September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24 5 weeks
PASC 111: School Finance and Business Administration

*4pm - 10pm

4pm - 7pm

November 7*, 14, (skip 11/21), 28;

December 5

5 weeks
PASC 112: Talent Management 4pm - 7pm 2018 January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6 5 weeks
PASC 113: Community Leadership 7pm - 10pm 2018 January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6 5 weeks
Fieldwork I

 Home Site Days  &  5 Off Site Days (Embedded in Spring term)

Fieldwork II Ongoing Project (Embedded in Fall term)
GRADUATION: Cohort 2 February 2018 (Date TBD) @ 7pm - 8pm
Download 2018-2017 Schedule: ACT I, Cohort 2

What You Will Learn

ACT I graduates will be able to...

  • Design systems for effective leadership
  • Become expert instructional leaders
  • Foster a climate of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Use data to inform and drive decisions
  • Analyze and synthesize current educational research
  • Collaborate, reflect, and lead

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader." -John Quincy Adams