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Continuing Administrator License (CAL) - Admissions

All students seeking to be recommended for a Continuing Administrator License by PSU must officially apply for admission to the program using the following steps and be accepted for admission before taking their final course in the program. PSU cannot recommend licensure without admission to the program. Students must take a course during the term they apply for admission or their admission will be automatically cancelled by the university due to non-matriculation. Please do not leave your admission to the last minute! Failure to apply with enough time to process your admission before the term you are taking your last class can result in cancellation of your admission and severe delays to your recommendation for licensure.

Admission to the Continuing Administrator License program is a two step process. Applicants must complete one application to Portland State University graduate admissions (Step 1 below) and one application to the Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP) department (Step 2 below).

Before applying to our program, applicants must:

  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Possess a current Oregon Basic or Initial Administrator License
  • Have support from your district Superintendent

At the time you are ready to apply for your CAL, you will also need to have completed a minimum of three years of administrative experience at least half time.

Step 1) Apply for graduate admission to Portland State University

  • All applicants, regardless of which ELP program they are applying to, must fill out the university application and pay the corresponding $50 fee unless you are currently enrolled in another Portland State Master’s or Doctorate program.*
  • Online Graduate Admission applications can be accessed here. You can pay the $50 application fee with a credit card through the website.
  • For Student Type, select: “5. Graduate Master,” and for Planned Curriculum, select: “Education: Educational Leadership and Policy, MS.” Even though you won’t be earning a master’s degree, selecting this option triggers the application for graduate admission.
  • Be sure to indicate the term you intend to take a course as your admission term. You must take a course the term you are admitted to the program or your admission will be automatically cancelled by the university Office of Admissions.** If you are applying only to the IAL program (without the Master’s degree), please choose Fall 2012 as your term of admission.
  • If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the Graduate Admissions application and submit it to the department along with a check for the $50 fee and your other application materials instead of submitting the online version.

Step 2) Apply online for admission to the Educational Leadership & Policy Department 

  1. Click here to access the departmental online application. Create a free account or log in if you’ve already created one. This part of the application is free; you do not pay any money to use this service. Be sure to write down your username and password. You will be able to save and return to your application before submitting it. You will also be able to track the progress of your application through the review process after you submit it.
  2. Click the Create a New Application button.
  3. Select CAL Admissions Application from the list of choices.
  4. Complete both pages of the online application. Before you fill in your electronic signature, please review the Graduate School of Education Behavior and Performance Guidelines and the Portland State University Code of Student Conduct.
  5. Click the Submit Application Now button when you have filled in the application completely. Once you click this button, you may not go back and make changes. But remember, you must click the Submit Application Now button before the application deadline if you want to be considered.
  • If you need assistance accessing the online departmental application, please email
  • If you have questions about the application process, please email

Tuition and fees
The cost for the program follows graduate tuition fees (registration/tuition). 2012-2013 tuition is $1,534 for four credits. The total cost of the CAL program is approximately $16,000. These fees do not include the cost for the course reading materials. Payments can be made by check, credit card, or agency purchase order.

The distance education fee for partially online (hybrid) courses is $30 per credit and $60 for fully online courses.

Tuition and fees are determined by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and are subject to change.

Accepted students will be assessed:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all application materials are received by the department by the deadlines noted below! Faculty will review applications only after all application materials have been received. A timely admission decision cannot be guaranteed for incomplete applications.  

Quarter Priority Application Deadline
Fall August 1
Winter December 1
Spring February 1
Summer May 15

After the application review is complete, departmental decisions will be emailed to the student and are subject to final approval by the university Office of Admissions. You will be notified of your official admission status via a mailed letter from the Office of Admissions. The whole admission process may take a minimum of up to 4 weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.

CAL application check sheet
Instructions concerning these documents and links to the forms are included in the online departmental application process. This check sheet is for your reference only.  

A complete application includes:

❑ Graduate Admission Application and $50 fee (completed online or by paper form)
❑ ELP Department Application (completed and submitted online)
❑ Current resume
❑ Official transcripts from every accredited institution ever attended, including community colleges. If you completed your IAL at PSU, you will only be required to submit transcripts from any institutions you’ve attended since last attending PSU.
❑ Verification of District Support form 

Students who did not complete their IAL at PSU or completed their IAL at PSU more than 10 years ago are also required to submit the following items:

❑ Personal goal statement
❑ Letters of reference (these must come directly from the reviewer)
❑ Photocopy of Administrator License

Retention of Student Documents
All application documents submitted to PSU become the property of the University and may not be copied or returned to a student. Transcripts from other institutions cannot be copied (PSU Bulletin, 2009-2010, p. 41). If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email or call 503-725-4633. 

*If you are already enrolled in a Portland State Master’s or Doctorate program that you have not yet completed, you may add the program you are applying for to your current program with a GO-19. This form takes the place of the Graduate Admissions form and corresponding $50 fee. You can download a GO-19 here:

**It is a University requirement that students register and pay for at least one credit in the term they are admitted. Failure to do so will result in automatic cancellation of your admission. If you need to change the term for which you intend to begin classes after you have submitted your application, please contact the ELP Department at 503-725-4633 to discuss your options.


PSU supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall. A major goal of this department is to provide a diverse pool of qualified applicants for educational leadership and administrative positions in Oregon. African, Asian, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.