California Professional Standards

for Education Leaders

The California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) identify what an administrator must know and be able to do in order to move into sustainable, effective practice. They are a set of broad policy standards that are the foundation for administrator preparation, induction, development, professional learning and evaluation in California. Taken together, the CPSEL describe critical areas of leadership for administrators and offer a structure for developing and supporting education leaders throughout their careers.

Descriptions of Practice

Moving Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition

Enhancing the usefulness of the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) this booklet illustrates what individual elements within each of the six CPSEL look like across a continuum of practice. Each continuum, ranging from practice directed toward the standard to practice exemplifying the standard, provides common concepts, language, and examples for a given leadership element. The continuum can be used for a variety of purposes, including developing credentialing criteria and assessments, planning leadership preparation, induction, professional learning or coaching, and clarifying performance expectations. Download the recently updated Moving Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition.