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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. 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.

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 Preliminary Administrator License
  • Have support from your district's 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.

Applications are now open! We’ve recently simplified our process. This web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any location. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application: "Educational Leadership and Policy: Continuing Administrator License CAL." 

See application requirements below for more information.

Apply for graduate admission to Portland State University

  • All applicants, regardless of which ELP program they are applying for, must fill out the application and pay the corresponding $65 fee. 
  • Online Graduate Admission applications can be accessed here. You can pay the $65 application fee with a credit card through the website.
  • 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 need to change the term for which you intended to begin classes after you have submitted your application, please contact the ELP Department at 503-725-4633 to discuss your options.
  • If you have questions about the application process, please email or call 503-725-4633

Enrolling in a PSU graduate program incurs a one-time matriculation fee of $325. If you are a former PSU student, you will not be charged the matriculation fee.

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:

❑ $65 fee 
❑ Current resume
❑ Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required as part of the official application.  Transcripts should be sent to the Portland State University Graduate School of Education PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751. Electronic official transcripts should be emailed to

To complete your application to the Graduate School of Education (GSE), you are required to submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education that you have ever attended. This is true regardless of whether or not you earned a credential from that institution, or if those credits were transferred to another school. Please review the transcript requirements.

Transcripts are due by the application submission deadline. Applications without official transcripts submitted will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified from the review process or may not be reviewed in time for you to be admitted for your desired term. 

Former PSU students do not need to submit transcripts that are already on file. Please use the PSU Graduate School of Education Transcript Request Form to notify the admissions team to pull your previous records.

❑ 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
❑ Three letters of reference (these must come directly from the reviewer)
❑ Copy 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. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email or call 503-725-4633.