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Educational Leadership

Professional Administrator Licensure

Program Details

Total credit hours: 18 semester hours
Program start date: Students may begin any term, classes are part-time
View the current program of study in the course catalog or program planning sheet
Faculty coordinators:
Dawn Montgomery
Regional classes are available in Central Oregon/Redmond (C), Eastern Oregon/Ontario (E), Northeastern Oregon/Pendleton (NE), South Coast Region/Coos Bay (CB), south Willamette Valley/Lebanon (WV).



Lewis & Clark’s Educational Leadership programs are for impassioned and inspired leaders who want to change schools from the inside out. Our graduates go on to improve schools from every leadership position, from assistant principal to district superintendent.

Unlike traditional administrator preparation programs, our Professional Administrator Licensure program offers innovative curriculum, small classes, and personal attention. It is designed to be responsive to the changing nature of our schools and focused on the work you’ll be doing every day as an educational leader. Understanding the importance of professional flexibility for practicing administrators, you may register for classes in the sequence of your choice, and for the classes that meet your needs.

In the Professional Administrator Licensure program, you will make lifelong connections with peers, through a network of mentors and supporters that will remain strong long after coursework is completed. Lewis & Clark faculty work in conjunction with distinguished administrators in the field who serve as adjunct faculty to provide a course of study that emphasizes reflective practice, collaborative leadership, and data-driven decision-making.

You can call it opening doors, removing obstacles, lighting fires; all of it boils down to helping adults become their very best for kids.Tony Mann, MAT ’94, Supt. Mollala River SD

A highlight of the administrator licensing program is the mentorship, which gives you in-depth working experiences of leadership. Through the school and district level practicum, you develop and practice the knowledge and skills necessary for successful school administration, including both leadership and management responsibilities.

Note for administrators with a current Preliminary Administrator License in Oregon: To renew your Preliminary Administrator License, you must complete six semester hours from the Professional Administrator program offerings.

What to Expect

Every student in the program is a practicing administrator. We support administrators in developing “action leadership” and in understanding how that looks in supporting teachers, students, and parents.

Students may begin any term and take classes in any sequence with the exception of EDAD 549, which is the final course in the Professional Administrator License program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to the Program

You can find admissions requirement information and an online application at the Graduate Admissions website.

For Current Students

Register for Classes

Professional/CAL Program Planning Sheet


Licensing Instructions


Licensure Update

Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon’s Continuing Administrative license is retitled to Professional Administrative License. All program documents and webpages are currently being updated. 

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