IAL Course of Study

Initial Administrator License (IAL)

Course of Study

IAL curriculum (28–32 credits)

Direct instruction and group problem-solving assignments will be completed throughout the year. In addition, each cohort member completes a full-year guided administrative practicum. All newly admitted students must agree to complete the entire cohort program even though they may have already completed courses with numbers or titles similar to those required.

Program of study

Please review the following example programs of study:

Course offerings

Education research requirement

In addition to the cohort coursework listed in the program of study, all students are required to complete ELP 511 Principles of Educational Research and Data Analysis I (4 credits) or the equivalent. This course can be completed at any time prior to, during, or following your cohort coursework. (Please note you will not be eligible to be recommended for licensure until the course is graded on your transcript.) If you have previously completed a graduate-level research course in your master's program, it may qualify for substitution of this research credit. Please see the ELP 511 course description. To have a course substituted for this requirement you must submit a Petition for Course Substitution to indicate which course on your transcript you believe is comparable, and provide a syllabus or catalog description of the course taken. (Many universities provide catalog descriptions in their catalog/bulletin.) Courses older than 10 years will not qualify for substitution unless you can provide documentation of job-related research analysis completed in the past 5 years.

The IAL administrative practicum

The 360-hour field-based practicum is the equivalent of working 120 hours per quarter or 12 hours per week in a building-level or district/agency administrative capacity. During the practicum, the administrative intern seeks opportunities to develop fully as an educational leader and to acquire proficiency in the seven areas of administrative responsibility as outlined by TSPC's Performance Standards.


Candidates seeking recommendation from PSU for the Preliminary Administrator License must:

  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have completed the Initial Administrator License program at Portland State University
  • Have completed three years of successful licensed teaching or personnel service experience in public schools or regionally accredited private schools at the time of application for the administrative license
  • Apply for the Preliminary Administrator License within 1 year of completing the IAL program. Currency of your coursework is a consideration by TSPC in granting licensure. Contact the College of Education Licensure Office.
  • Hold a valid first aid card and demonstrate knowledge of Oregon and federal anti-discrimination statutes.