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Educational Leadership

Preliminary Administrative Licensure

Program Details

Credits: 18 semester hours
Program start:
Program length:
 Minimum of four semesters with classes in the evening, weekend, and summer. See the Portland Metro Schedule or the Master Regional Program Schedule (see regional program offerings).
 the current program of study in the course catalog or the program planning sheet
Faculty Coordinator: Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho
Regional cohorts are also offered currently in Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Northeastern Oregon, and Willamette Valley.

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The Preliminary Administrative Licensure 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 Preliminary Administrator Licensure Program are offered in Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Northeastern Oregon, and the Willamette Valley. 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.

Portland Metro Schedule

The Preliminary Administrator License Program spans four semesters and starts during either Summer or Fall semester. See the full schedule here

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Licensure Update

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