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At a Glance: Initial Administrator License (IAL)


A licensure program for prospective school leaders

Do your teacher colleagues often look to you for guidance? Are you ready to step out of the classroom and into a larger role? Strong leaderships is essential for high-quality schools and now, more than ever, well prepared leaders are in demand. The Initial Administrator Licensure program at PSU is your gateway to educational administration. This program holds a Congressional Award, and the Oregon Department of Education has designated it as an "Oregon Demonstration Preparation Program." With your IAL license you will join graduates from this program who provide quality leadership in nearly every school district throughout Oregon.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Learn in a highly-integrated, research-based program
  • Complete the program in three terms or a two-summer cohort
  • Develop a network of professional colleagues who can assist in ongoing challenges and career guidance

Upon completion, you will have the skills necessary to be a successful school principal or education leader.

Who is this for?

This program is for teachers or other education professionals who want to move to a leadership role in a school. Students who successfully complete this program will be recommended to TSPC for the Initial Administrator License.

Program format

  • Three-term or two-summer intensive program based on a cohort model
  • Meets face-to-face once a week at several sites around the metro area
  • All classes are evenings and weekends
  • 24 required credits

Get started

Getting started for the IAL program takes a few simple steps. There are two prerequisite courses for the program: ELP 569 Introduction to Educational Administration (offered online and at various locations) and ELP 511 Principles of Educational Research. Begin the enrollment process by:

  1. Attending an information session on campus or in your region, or contact the program manager for the regional program
  2. Having an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for 12 credit hours
  3. Starting the application process

On-campus program contact

Susan Carlile
Program Adviser
1-800-547-8887 ext 54883


Online and off-campus program contact

Carlos Quatela
Program Manager
1-800-547-8887 ext 58355

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May 1, Nov 1, and July 15 application deadlines
On campus, regional, and online


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