The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) offers a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (PASC) 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.

About the Program

Mission Statement

PASC is committed to improving the leadership qualities of aspiring administrators serving all students by developing the capacity of leaders to be instructional leaders, systems thinkers, and equity-centered.

Program Overview

PASC is a one-year accelerated program designed for full-time educators who are looking to earn an administrative credential. The program maintains a rigorous pace in order to conclude within that time. A blended learning model is used where the majority of learning occurring in person on Tuesday evenings. Supplemental individual, group, online learning, and fieldwork are also components of this program.

For more program information, please refer to PASC 2022-2023: Cohort 7 Brochure, view the PASC Program Handbook (updated with each Cohort), or register at (TBA) to attend our informational meeting.

PASC 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

Apply for PASC

The deadline to apply for PASC's next cohort, Cohort 7, is now closed.  All application items must be received by the deadline or they will not be accepted.

To apply, complete the online application at (TBA).

You will need the following when applying:

  • Letter of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation - one must be from a current supervisor
  • CTC Credential number
  • Completion of the PASC application performance tasks (Instructions on application)
    • Writing Task (Professional Learning)
    • Facilitation Task and Reflection
    • Leadership Opportunities (Experience)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Will have completed five or more years of work with valid credential by the conclusion of the program.
  • Possess one of the following valid credentials:
    • a Clear or Life California teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching or the equivalent, and holds an English learner authorization; or
    • a Clear of Life California designated subjects teaching credential in adult education, career technical education, vocational education or special subjects provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree and holds an English learner authorization; or
    • a Clear or Life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including fieldwork or the equivalent.
  • Have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). (Most applicants who hold a valid clear CA credential will have met the BSR. Candidates holding the following credentials must confer elementary, standard secondary, designated subjects or Career Technical Education credentials.)
  • Complete a full application and submit by PASC application deadline.


  • One-year accelerated program meeting weekly on Tuesdays at SMCOE (4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • Program requirements include coursework, integrated online learning, field experience, and action research
  • Administrative fieldwork for job-embedded experiences
  • Completion of assignments to demonstrate mastery of California Performance and Content Expectations for Administrators
  • Complete all three cycles of CalAPA (California Administrator Performance Assessment) meeting state established deadlines

COVID-19 NOTICE: Our classes traditionally meet in person at the San Mateo County Office of Education from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Due to the pandemic, classes were moved online. Once the local guidelines allow for our group to convene in person, this program will return to required, in-person sessions at SMCOE.


PASC Course Schedule

See PASC Cohort 7 (2022-23) Schedule for an example of the PASC accelerated program schedule.

Cheryl Agrawal

Executive Director, Teacher and Administrator Development


Phone: (650) 802-5341

Brian Allen

Coordinator, Leadership and Administrator Services


Phone: (650) 802-5349

Sarah Look

Administrative Assistant, Teacher and Administrator Development


Phone: (650) 802-5339