Principal License

The Principal License 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.


  1. Applicants must hold a master’s 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.
  2. Applicants must document licensure as a teacher or personnel service specialist in any state.
  3. Applicants must document three years of successful teaching and/or personnel service experience in the public schools or regionally accredited private schools.

* You may still apply if you do not meet prerequisites 2, or 3. You will be able to request a waiver through the online application which will be reviewed by faculty. Faculty may ask for additional documentation.

Application Timeline

The Graduate Admissions office will confirm via email the receipt and status of your application file. 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. Faculty may request an interview prior to making an admissions decision. The Graduate Admissions Committee meets every month of the year except August.

Application Requirements

The following items are required for the Principal License program:

  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 college and university registrar offices.
  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required and is payable with a credit card or electronic check. A fee waiver is available to alumni and employees 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 at least 500 words in length. The essay is submitted electronically as part of the online application.

    Write an essay addressing the following topics:

    • Describe why you would like to pursue being a principal. Please describe your current or planned leadership work and social justice work. Describe how it focuses or will focus on transforming schools through equitable practice.
  4. Principal License 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.

    NOTE: At least one letter of recommendation must be from a principal or supervisor who has observed your licensed teaching or personnel work within the last five years. If you are unable to obtain such a letter for some reason, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your options.

    How to Submit Your Letters
    Applicants will provide contact information for their references within the application. An email will be sent by our office to those references with a form they need to complete on the applicant’s behalf in addition to attaching their letter of recommendation.
  6. 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 each 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 Transcripts website.
  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. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be required submit a letter of explanation with your application materials.
  8. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position.
  9. Teaching or Personnel Service Specialist License
    Applicants must hold a valid regular teaching or personnel service specialist license. Please submit a copy of your current license.
  10. Test Scores
    No test scores are required for admission to this program.

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