Initial Administrative Licensure
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Credits: 18 semester hours
Program start: September, January, or June
Program length: Work at your own pace with part-time classes (evening, weekend, and summer classes)
View the current program of study in the course catalog or the program planning sheet
Faculty Coordinators: Dawn Montgomery (Metro area and regional programs)
Regional programs are also available in Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, South Coast Region, Lower Columbia
Lewis & Clark’s Initial Administrative Licensure (IAL) Program prepares aspiring educational leaders to have the knowledge, values, skills/tools, and courage to improve teaching and learning in their schools. Increasing both adult and student learning lies at the heart of this program. By addressing issues of equity and focusing on best practices for effective leadership, students exit the program ready to:
- take on the challenge of building collaborative learning communities,
- become reflective practitioners
- think critically and make decisions to positively impact student achievement, and
- use data and research, hold authentic conversations, and take action in their learning communities.
The Educational Leadership Program inspired me to be an instructional leader. The emphasis on data, achievement for ALL students, accountability, and integrity set the framework for my administrative career.Peyton Chapman, MAT ‘95 Principal, Lincoln High School
A highlight of the administrator licensing program is the practicum, which gives you in-depth working experiences of leadership. Through the school-site practicum, you develop and practice the knowledge and skills necessary for successful school administration, including both leadership and management responsibilities. For more information, visit the Program of Study page.
In addition to classes held on the Lewis & Clark campus, off-campus classes for the Initial Administrator Licensure Program are offered in Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Lower Columbia, and the South Coast Region. The off-campus program is based on the cohort model. It usually takes students in off-campus cohorts about two years to complete the program with part-time classes (evening, weekend, and summer).
What to Expect
Our approach to instructional leadership is practical, inquiry-centered and firmly rooted in best practices. In this program, you learn how action leadership supports teachers, students and parents.
Classroom dialogues are rich because students bring with them varied experiences, values, and the philosophies and orientation of their districts. The on-campus program draws from all the Portland Metro area and outlying districts. The off-campus programs are even more diverse, with students coming together from eastern, central and southwestern Oregon counties. Exemplary practicing administrators serve as adjunct faculty in the program, in addition to full-time faculty. Class sizes run from small seminars up to 20-24 students.
Depending on the site, the program offers evening and/or weekend classes during the school year and summer day sessions. The majority of applicants work full-time as Oregon educators and attend classes at night during fall and spring semesters or during summer day sessions. Students advance through the on-campus program at their own pace; off-campus cohorts usually complete the program in two years. Program completion depends on the number of courses taken per semester and the students’ own time line for finishing the requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Read our FAQs for details on the program
Applying to the Program
You can find admissions requirement information and an online application for this program at the Graduate Admissions website.
For Current Students
- Register for classes (WebAdvisor)
- Initial Administrator License Program Planning Sheet
ORELA Test Information
Administration Examination (Institution Code 405)
- Licensing Instructions
- Waiver of Administrative Practicum
The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling is located in room 308 of Rogers Hall on the Graduate Campus.
Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling
Lewis & Clark
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 84
Portland, OR 97219