Continuing Administrator License (CAL)

Licensure Program

Continuing Administrator License (CAL)

Quick Facts

  • 28 credits
  • One year program, or fully online over two summers
  • Hybrid format combines face-to-face and online learning during the school year and in summer
  • Admits every term.

Effective 21st-century educational leaders can’t successfully collaborate from behind a desk in a closed-door office. To meet the needs of all learners and all staff, you need to be creative and driven, crafting engaging ideas--and being able to back them up with action that includes everyone. The Continuing Administrator License (CAL) program prepares administrators to connect positively, creatively, collaboratively, and proactively with your diverse teachers, parents, and members of the school district community. Design educational programs that foster successful teaching and learning in a social justice climate. Emphasize equity in district-level leadership. CAL prepares school-level and district-level administrators to have a well-informed understanding of their schools and the broader concerns of their school districts. Educational leaders who complete the CAL program feel confident making strong decisions when it matters most, and move cutting-edge educational practices forward.


Susan Carlile
Program Coordinator


Stefanie Randol
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Design educational programs that foster successful teaching and learning in a social justice climate
  • Experience incredible value: Learn from experienced administrators—and do so in convenient locations and at an accessible price

Program Specifics

  • Enjoy convenient, hybrid scheduling for working professionals, including face-to-face and online learning environments where students learn individually and in groups
  • Gain real-world experience through a 30-hour district-level practicum with each course
  • Create your own independent project

About the program

The CAL curriculum emphasizes district-level leadership for equity. School- level and district-level administrators are most effective when they have a well-informed understanding of the school and the broader concerns of the school district. An administrator’s central responsibility is to ensure that children can learn. If programs in a school are not working well, the school’s administrators must work closely with teachers and the district office to identify and implement effective change.

Six core beliefs drive the knowledge, skills, and practices we seek to develop in participants:

  • All learners can be successful
  • Learning activities must build on individual strengths and life experiences rather than deficiencies
  • Curriculum and instructional practices must be designed to include and facilitate the personal development of the increasingly diverse population of learners served in metropolitan areas
  • Reflective practice is a characteristic of the professional educator
  • Lifelong learning and personal responsibility are goals of the professional educator
  • Schools are fluid organizational systems that must adjust internally to be responsive to the communities they serve

Our graduates

CAL program completers are eligible for the Professional Administrator License and serve as district-level administrators. They collaboratively develop and support equitable practices through educational leadership in schools and districts.

Why PSU?

PSU is the public research university for the Portland metro area. So, the CAL courses are taught by experienced, practicing school administrators with years of experience who help you strengthen your educational leadership. Apply what you are learning immediately into your job with our theory-to-practice focus, which is supported by the University’s determination to foster within each student generous self-respect leading to maximal contribution and impact. As much as it is known for theory and research, PSU is known for its commitment to forward-thinking progress, inclusive goals, and supporting diverse communities.