Sonoma County Office of Education

Leadership Initiatives

Administrator Induction Program

This program is designed to provide new administrators the opportunity to clear their preliminary administrative credential through a job-embedded induction experience. The program was developed in response to the state's change in how administrators clear their credentials. The prior, paper-based method is gone and has been replaced with Induction, which is founded on research and modeled on the teacher induction program. 

Upon acceptance into the two-year induction program, preliminary administrators (PAs) are paired with a trained, veteran administrator who serves as their coach, in a process that is designed to be highly individualized and tailored to build on strengths and identify areas for growth. Through on-site observations, one-on-one meetings, and participation in a Professional Learning Community (PLC), the coach and the PA develop and grow the PA’s Individual Induction Plan (IIP). 

Additionally, these candidates will attend professional development classes and seminars, and will collect evidence that demonstrates they have applied the California Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSELs) in their daily work.

Timeline for Changes
During this transition period, individuals currently seeking a clear administrative credential or planning to secure a clear credential in the near future should take note of the following timeline:

  • June 30, 2015
    This was the last date for candidates to enter Tier II credential programs based on 2001 standards.
  • July 1, 2015
    Date that current Tier II programs expire. Individuals recommended for administrative credentials on or after this date must enter new programs aligned to the 2014 Clear Induction Administrative Credential standards.
  • June 30, 2017
    Last date by which candidates can complete Tier II programs using the 2001 standards.

Any currently employed administrators who did not start the Tier II administrative credential program by June 30, 2015 is required to enroll in a Clear Administrative Credential Induction Program this fall.


About the New Program
SCOE’s new Administrator Induction Program is designed to:

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

The Administrator Induction Program gives 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.

Clear Administrator Induction Program – Brochure (pdf)
Clear Administrator Induction Program – 2017-18 Candidate Application (pdf)
Verification of Employment as an Administrator (pdf)
Participating Administrator Agreement (pdf)

Recommended SCOE Professional Development Opportunities for Preliminary Administrators

SCOE offers courses that can help you meet your requirement of 20 hours of professional development a year. Discounts for these courses may be offered to preliminary administrators enrolled in SCOE's Administrator Induction Program - please contact the registration contact listed on the course page for details. To browse course offerings, click here

SCOE Administrator Induction Program Participants
Once your enrollment in the program is confirmed, you will need to register for an orientation. To learn more, please call Anna Moore at (707) 522-3209.

Recruitment of Coaches
SCOE is accepting resumes and letters of interest for potential Administrative Induction Program Coaches on an ongoing basis. New and returning coaches must attend an orientation. A link to upcoming orientation sessions will be provided here. Coaches are required to be highly qualified and trained. To that end, please consider signing up for SCOE's Summer Coaching Institute


For information on applying for these positions, please refer to these documents:

Request for Letters of Interest (pdf)
Job Description: Administrative Credential Induction Coach (pdf)
Coach Agreement Form (2017-18)

*The SCOE AIP program has been submitted to the CTC for accreditation for operation during the 2016-17 year.


  • Anna Moore, Ed.D., Director, Accountability and Admin Induction Program
    (707) 522-3209,
  • Belinda Soto, Data Control Technician III
    (707) 522-3287,