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Preliminary Administrator License

The Preliminary Administrator 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.

You may take up to four semester hours (EDAD 501/601 and EDAD 518/618) as a Special Student before being admitted into the program. Within this four 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 document licensure as a teacher or personnel service specialist in any state.
  • 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
    Lewis & Clark uses an online application which is managed by a third party vendor. 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. Online application: the fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver.
  3. Personal Essays
    Applicants are required to write two essays. The essays are an opportunity for you to share with us why graduate studies at Lewis & Clark will help you realize your goals. Each essay should be approximately 500 words in length and may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (hand delivered, mailed or faxed).

    • Describe why you would like to pursue this program and what your leadership goals are upon completion of the degree or license.
    • Describe a significant personal or professional accomplishment of your that required hard work and perseverance. This could be an athletic success, something you built, an artistic accomplishment. or success with a challenging academic situation, but you need not limit yourself to these categories. Share what made this a source of pride as well as what challenges you had to face and overcome to achieve this success.
  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
    The online application includes the letter of recommendation process. 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.
  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 transcript must be submitted from eachpost-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. 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, emailed or faxed 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.
  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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