Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program (PASCP)


The Sacramento County Office of Education provides candidates an opportunity to earn a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential through our one-year program. The program is accredited through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and is comprised of six courses. The courses are based on the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSELs) and integration of Cal APA exam content.

Eligibility Criteria

Options for Meeting the Basic Skills Requirement - Participants should review the in-depth criteria for the CTC Basic Skills Requirement via the CTC website at: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods:
  1. Pass the CBEST
  2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects Plus Writing Skills Examination
  3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
  4. Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT or ACT
  5. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
  6. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State
  7. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework
  8. Individuals may meet the requirement by providing official transcripts to a Commission-approved preparation program or submitted with their application packet to the Commission.
For in-depth criteria, please visit the CTC Basic Skills Requirement website at:

PLEASE NOTE: First priority is given to qualified applicants who work in a Sacramento County school or district.

Application Process

Program Cost

Additional Cost

In addition to successful completion of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program, preliminary candidates are required to take, and pass, all three cycles of the Cal APA Exam in order to receive their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Cal APA Exam fees are not included in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program fees.

These fees are paid separately by the participant.

* PLEASE NOTE: Fee waivers for CalAPA Cycle 1, 2, and 3 are available to you! Register for ALL THREE cycles, pay the fees upfront, and get reimbursed at a later date!

Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the California Department of Education. At this time, all CalAPA Exam Fees are waived by CTC.

For more information, visit the PASCP Details page.