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Initial Administrator License (IAL)

The Initial Administrator License (IAL) program prepares educational leaders to lead positively, creatively, collaboratively, and proactively in our diverse communities. It offers prospective school leaders an experience that reflects the faculty's commitment to teaching, research, and service and mirrors the department's mission to provide and develop responsive leadership.

IAL program and students

The IAL curriculum and methods of instruction encompass the needs of adult learners. Participants assume much of the responsibility for their learning and cultivate the habit of reflection and the desire to grow personally and professionally throughout their lives.

IAL program offerings

One-year format
Complete your IAL in one school year (late August to June).

Convenient times and locations
All cohorts meet for one day in August prior to the official beginning of classes at PSU and at the COSA Law Conference in December.

Cohort meeting days and locations:

  • Saturday - PBS Conference Center
  • Saturday - PSU Campus
  • Thursday - PSU Campus
  • Tuesday - Salem

Cohort class
Participants enter as a cohort (learning group) and remain together throughout the program. This provides superb opportunities for personal growth and professional development by giving students the chance to get to know their colleagues well—colleagues they can rely on while in the program and in the future as working administrators.

Practical experience
Through an on-going practicum, the IAL integrates formal and informal learning activities and offers administrative candidates opportunities to apply ideas discussed in the classroom to actual practices in the field.

Problem-based learning
IAL incorporates an integrated curricular approach that focuses on actual problems of practice rather than on traditionally discrete academic disciplines/courses.

Portfolio development
The IAL experience results in artifact-creation—a collection of materials that attest to a participant's administrative beliefs, accomplishments, and experiences. This portfolio is valuable in seeking administrative employment.

Career guidance
Participants will have numerous opportunities to interact and speak with successful local school principals and district superintendents about prospective career plans. Students identify personal strengths and limitations and make plans for achieving goals as professional educators.

District support
Strong school and district support for your participation is required and must be reflected in the Designation of Mentor and the reference forms.

On-site advising and library
On-site advising is available at all sites. Electronic access to the PSU library enhances learning.


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