Leadership Development Program

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Introducing ACOE’s Leadership Development Program

Beginning in the fall 2015, Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) will offer a Leadership Development Program (LDP) that meets the new California Commission for Teacher Credentialing guidelines for the clear administrative credential. This replaces the Tier II program and is now called Clear Induction. As of July 1st, 2015 all administrators seeking to clear their preliminary credential must now do so by completing a 2-year induction program. Previous programs and pathways no longer exist.

Who Should Participate?

Any current administrators who have not started the Tier II administrative credential program by June 30, 2015 will be required to enroll in a Clear Induction Administrative Credential Program this fall. Any new administrators hired by districts must enroll in a Clear Induction Administrative Credential Program within 30 days of employment.

What is the Administrative Leadership Program (Tier II)

The Clear Administrative Credential Induction Program provides candidates an individualized induction experience based on the context of their leadership role, including one-on-one coaching by an experienced administrator. Candidates participate in ongoing formative assessment, professional development seminars, and job-alike professional learning communities designed to grow the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential for successful administrative leadership. Learn more about the program and access application materials below.

What do candidates receive?

  • Assist and support participants as they begin their administrative roles
  • Advance the knowledge and skills of participants in relation to the 2014 California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
  • Help participants become effective administrators who can lead educational programs that result in success for all students

Program Costs

  • The cost of the two-year program is $3,500 per year payable to ACOE.
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  • $1000/year payable to Association for California School Administrators
  • Tuition is the responsibility of the candidate. Reimbursement and/or financial assistance is at the discretion of the school district.

Additional information

Interested in Coaching?

In preparation for starting this new program, ACOE is recruiting for Administrative Credential Induction Coaches.

Coaching requirements

  • A minimum of four (4) years of full time successful educational leadership experience
  • Evidence of successful formal or informal mentoring relationships.
  • Valid and current Clear Administrative Services Credential.
  • Knowledge of the qualities of effective administrators and the 2014 California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELsf)
  • Demonstrated success as a leader with the ability to share knowledge and understanding about effective leadership practices to others.
  • ACSA/NTC Certified Coach or willingness to attend CLASS training (required)

More Information


Shaun McElroy joined ACOE in 2015 as the Director of the Leadership Development program serving new administrators seeking to gain their Clear Administrative Credential.

Shaun has served Bay Area school communities for nearly four decades as a classroom teacher and site administrator. As a site administrator, Shaun successfully led schools to five California Distinguished School Awards and a National Blue Ribbon Award, and was selected as the ACSA Region IV Administrator of the Year in 2006.

Shaun holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, K-12 teaching credentials in biology and physical education and a Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential. Shaun is certified by the Association for California School Administrators and the New Teacher Center as a School Leadership Coach. Since 2007 Shaun has consulted in eight school districts in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Shaun’s coaching repertoire includes new administrators, leadership coaches, administrative teams administrators looking to grow their leadership skillset.


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