Professional Administrator License

To be a candidate for the Professional Administrator Program for practicing administrators, you should:

  • Hold a current Oregon Principal, or Oregon Legacy Administrator license.
  • Serve as an administrator in an educational setting.
  • Be current in educational trends and research.
  • Be able to demonstrate a desire to collaborate with others and be willing to participate in meaningful dialog about your practice and educational principles.


  • Applicants must have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited when enrolled and the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent.
  • Applicants must hold an Oregon Legacy Administrator license or an Oregon Principal license.

Application Timeline

The Graduate Admissions office will confirm via email the receipt and status of your application file. Any outstanding items will be noted.

Applicants will also receive email notification when the application file is complete and ready for faculty review.

Applications for the master’s degree and license-only programs will be reviewed by faculty and the Graduate Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. That is, files will be reviewed once all application requirements are met. The Graduate Admissions Committee meets every month of the year except August.

Application Requirements

The following items are required:

  1. Application Form
    Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by colleges and university registrar offices.
  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required and is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for information about the fee waiver process.
  3. Essay
    Applicants are required to write an essay approximately 500 words in length. The essay may be submitted electronically as part of the online application.

    Please write an essay on the following topics:

    • Describe why you would like to pursue the professional administrator license program. Please describe your current leadership work and social justice work. Describe how it focuses on transforming schools through equitable practice.

  4. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold a master’s degree and a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. Official degree posted transcripts from institutions where you earned your undergraduate and graduate degrees are required. Official transcripts for any post-baccalaureate credits earned should also be provided. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.

    Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.

    How to Submit Transcripts
    Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from  postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
  5. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale must have earned a minimum of 3.75 GPA  in their graduate degree and a 3.4 GPA for the undergraduate degree.
  6. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Your resume should include the names and contact information of three reference.
  7. Principal License
    Applicants must hold a valid regular an Oregon Legacy Administrator license or an Oregon Principal license. Please submit a copy of your current license.
  8. Tests
    Candidates who did not complete the Preliminary Administrator License program at Lewis & Clark must document passing scores on the ORELA: Civil Rights Test.

    NOTE: Candidates who currently hold an Oregon Legacy, Professional, or Principal license (Teaching, or Personnel Services) at the time of application are exempt from submitting official scores from the ORELA: Civil Rights Test.
  9. Interview
    Applicants will be invited to interview with Educational Leadership faculty.

Additional Information