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UO Preliminary Administrator Licensure Overview

University of Oregon Preliminary Administrator Licensure (PreAL) Program

The Preliminary Administrator Licensure (PreAL) Program at the University of Oregon prepares its students to be school and district administrators who can lead and manage schools to maximize learning for all students. Students in this standards-based program learn alongside superintendents, district leaders and researchers as they pursue the 26 credits hours required for a TSPC Preliminary Administrator License (PreAL). A program overview, as well as quotes from former students, is provided in this section. 

Program Overview:

Students in the UO PreAL program participate in a series of leadership institutes and a school-based administrative practicum; both satisfy the 26 credit hours required for an Oregon preliminary administrative license.

  • The program is designed for licensed professionals who are working in schools and districts.
  • The program combines online and classroom learning within a cohort model.
  • Institutes are taught by educational leaders, practitioners, and researchers from throughout Oregon.
  • The topic of equity is integrated throughout the program.
  • Students are provided with the latest tools and research to lead schools and districts effectively.

Cohort Model

The UO PreAL program is based on a cohort model. Students in our program develop a new professional network based on school and district leadership.  Students attend in Eugene (on UO campus) or via distance synchronous option. 

Distance Program

We offer a distance learning option for students who don’t live within drive proximity to Eugene or Salem. Our distance program serves students from across Oregon. Our distance students attend classes/institutes from their computer rather than driving to a cohort location.

What Former Students Say about the UO PreAL Program (formerly IAL)

About the UO PreAL program:

  • "I have told many interested teachers about the program. I feel it is the best preparation in the State."  -Rebekah B.
  • "You make this program inspiring, motivating, and overall a great place to learn!! How incredibly grateful I am for the support you have shared over the past year. I am proud to have my IAL be from the University of Oregon!!"  -Kelsey D.

About our presenters:

  • “Keep bringing in the superintendent and district leaders. They bring such great wisdom and experience.” -Christina S.
  • The networking and connections are so valuable and appreciated.” -Jenneca C.
  • “Very Relevant! Excellent choice of presenters!” -Jamon E.
  • “Presenters were well-skilled in professional areas of expertise.” -Gabe P.

About working while completing the program:

"U of O's program is a great fit for full-time educators. The admission process and prerequisites were reasonable, and the presenters working in the field provided valuable insights and expertise. I felt that the coursework tied in well with my practicum work and I had opportunities to apply the coursework." -Michelle L.

"Very user/student friendly - flexible to a working schedule." - Ryan B.

About our cohort learning process:

"I really like the cohort model and having a local group to lean on and collaborate with." -Karen M.

More quotes about the UO PreAL program:

  • "I believe the IAL provides all the necessary leadership concepts and ideas. My practicum supervisor was amazing."  -Cecilia T.
  • On distinguishing features of UO IAL/PreAL program:  “Ability to complete program while working; support staff; practicum supervisors.” -Josh M.

Unique Funding Opportunity for PreAL Students: Equity Leadership Fellows Program

The Equity Leadership Fellows Program is a unique funding opportunity specifically designed for PreAL (and DEd) students. The program is designed for individuals who demonstrate a strong focus on equity and inclusion work in their school or district. The UO funding award is higher for candidates with a district match. More info is available here.

Learn more about the UO Preliminary Administrator Licensure program

UO PreAL website

UO PreAL Application

Mission of the UO Administrator Licensure Program

The mission of the Administrator Licensure Program at the University of Oregon is to prepare educators to be highly effective school leaders who can work through others to improve outcomes for all students, and are capable of "turning around" a school's performance in any area of need, as indicated by school data, state and district goals/initiatives, and the values of achievement, equity, good citizenship, and preparedness for future challenges.