The ACT II Program is an accredited two-year coaching-based program grounded in the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL) and 21st-century leadership skills. It combines targeted professional development with individualized mentoring and support. Participating administrators will receive 40 hours of professional development and 80 hours of individualized coaching, tailored to their leadership goals, over the two-year course of the program. Professional development will be focused on effective school/district leadership in the 21st century. The program emphasizes equity-centered leadership and candidates participate in a cohort model, fostering learning across contexts and a professional network.

San Mateo/Santa Cruz County Office of Education ACT II Program

The San Mateo and Santa Cruz County Offices of Education have formed a consortium to provide the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential Program to current administrators seeking to obtain their Clear Administrative Credential. The program is a guidelines-based program that allows preliminary credential holders to clear their administrative credential. Administrators can participate at either program, given their work location. For more information on Santa Cruz County Office of Education's program, please see their website: Santa Cruz County Office of Education CASC Program.

ACT II Program Mission Statement

The San Mateo County Office of Education Clear Administrative Services Credential Program (ACT II) is committed to improving the leadership qualities of administrators with an intentional focus on equity-centered, and responsive leadership practices leading to high outcomes for all students.

ACT II Program Purpose

The ACT II Program is dedicated to the development of highly effective, equity-minded leaders who provide rigorous educational programs and develop a strong sense of community with schools, programs and districts for all students. It delivers an interconnected and comprehensive curriculum which integrates face-to-face professional development sessions, field experiences, cohort professional learning communities, and a blended learning model through the use of technology. The curriculum is based on the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL) and is designed for candidates to demonstrate the ability to meet or exceed each of the standards as outlined in the candidate self-assessment.

Administrative services credentials authorize the holder to provide the following school services in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults: develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs; evaluate certificated and classified personnel; provide students' discipline; provide certificated and classified employees discipline; supervise certificated and classified personnel; manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services; recruit, employ, and assign certificated and classified personnel; and develop, coordinate, and supervise student support services.

ACT II Support

  • One-on-one mentoring (40 hours a year)
  • Individualized Leadership Growth Plan (leadership goals and action plan)
  • Professional Learning sessions based on the CPSEL and directly actionable for leaders
  • Individual choice for additional professional learning related to leadership goals
  • Network of administrators throughout the county in a Cohort model
  • Online resources available through blended learning model
  • Creation of a portfolio of leadership evidence, artifacts and growth reflections

Apply for ACT II

Currently the Fall 2022 cohort is full and we are unable to enroll additional leaders. Here are a few other ACT II programs in the Bay Area: ACSACal State East Bay, Santa Clara County Office of Education.

See the CTC for addition information about Commission-approved programs:

Interested in Mentoring?

Interested applicants may apply here.

Winnie Hardie

Executive Director, Teacher and Administrator Development


Phone: (650) 802-5341

Rebecca Vyduna

Coordinator, Teacher and Administrator Development


Phone: (650) 802-5343