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Initial Administrator License

The IAL Program is looking for teacher and/or program leaders who are ready to take a stand for improving learning for all students. These are current educators who know they can directly impact more students and their families through working in leadership roles outside the classroom.

You may take up to nine semester hours as a Special Student before being admitted into the program. Within this nine semester-hour period, you must apply to be formally admitted to the Graduate School. 


  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent.
  • Applicants must hold an Oregon teaching or personnel service license
  • Applicants must document three years of successful teaching and/or personnel service experience in the public schools or regionally accredited private schools.

    If an applicant has less than three years experience, Lewis & Clark may, after reviewing the application, request a waiver from the state’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission regarding this requirement.

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 are required for the Initial Administrator License-only program:

  1. Application Form
    You may use our online application or our paper application (pdf.). You may also contact the Graduate Office of Admissions to receive an application packet by mail.
  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Online application: the fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Paper application: submit a check payable to “Lewis & Clark College”. Alumni of the graduate school will have the opportunity to request an application fee waiver.
  3. Personal Essays
    Download our Personal Essays Form (pdf.) for Initial Administrator License program essay topics and instructions. Essays may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (hand delivered, mailed or faxed) and may be single-spaced or double-spaced.
  4. Professional Educational Experience Form (pdf.)
     Applicants must document three years of successful licensed teaching and/or personnel service experience in public schools or regionally accredited private schools.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
    We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.

    How to submit your letters
    If you choose to submit the online application you must use the included online letter of recommendation process (no exceptions). You will be able to manage your letters of recommendation online. The online letter of recommendation process is imbedded in the online application form managed by a third party vendor. The link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers.

    If you prefer to use our paper application, you will use our paper Recommendation for Admission form (.pdf).
  6. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. One official, sealed transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. Faxed transcripts are not considered official by the Graduate School. 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 Information for International Students.
  7. 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.
  8. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position.
  9. Test Scores
    No test scores are required for admission to this program.

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