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University of Oregon Preliminary Administrator Licensure (PreAL) Program

We invite you to join a select group of students now being accepted into the preliminary administrator licensure training program. Give yourself an edge in the highly competitive environment of school administration. The Preliminary Administrator Licensure (PreAL) program at the University of Oregon (UO) 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).

Application Deadline for 2018-19 PreAL Program: Friday, March 9, 2018 (extended)

The UO PreAL program is offered to teachers, teachers on special assignment (TOSA), counselors, school psychologists, and other licensed educators. The UO PreAL licensure program prepares students for their first school administrator license which is issued by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Total Credits in a Typical PreAL Program: 26 credits
17 credits of coursework
9 credits of practicum experience. 

PreAL Coursework Overview:

EDLD 607: Sem School Law and Social Justice (4 credits)
EDLD 607: Sem Academic Organization & Planning (4 credits)
EDLD 607: Sem Supervision & Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
EDLD 607: Sem School Management & Budget (3 credits)
EDLD 607: Sem Ethics & School/Community Relations (3 credits)
Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018:  EDLD 609: Practicum (9 credits)

Both the coursework and practicum satisfy the 26 credit hours required for a TSPC Preliminary Administrator License (PreAL).

Cost Per Credit
The current cost per credit is $450.00 (subject to change).

Learn more about the program and class schedule.

A Timely Opportunity for Oregon Teachers (and other Licensed Educators)

By 2015, nearly half of school administrators from California to Oregon to Wisconsin were eligible to retire. The University of Oregon Administrator Licensure Program is committed to serving working professional educators by creating online components, gradually reducing the number of times a candidate must travel for a class. The University of Oregon College of education has developed an innovative preliminary administrator licensure (PreAL) program with the following advantages:

Licensed teachers may earn their administrator license at the UO

  • In one year
  • While they're still teaching
  • Working alongside UO's nationally recognized faculty
  • Collaborate with exemplary school-based professionals
  • Successfully integrate theory and practice

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.  We have cohorts in Eugene and Salem that offer flexible class schedules. Distance learning options are also available for those students not within driving proximity to a cohort location.

  • Summer session of three or five weeks
  • Weekend sessions over three terms (two weekends per month, Friday evening & Saturday)
  • Hybrid online and classroom learning

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must:

  • Have a master's degree (or be able to complete the master's degree concurrently with the licensure program for an M.Ed./PreAL)
  • Hold, have held, or be eligible to hold a teaching license (or school psychologist or counseling psychologist)
  • Verify three years of full-time successful licensed teaching experience (or school psychologist or counseling psychologist experience)
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if applying to the concurrent M.Ed./PreAL program)

Program Financing

Funding for the PreAL program is available through Alternative Student Aid and College of Education scholarships.

The Equity Leadership Fellows Program is a funding opportunity designed specifically by the UO for PreAL (and D.Ed.) students. For more info: https://coe.uoregon.edu/equityfellowship/

Two completion options

Candidates may opt to complete the entire PreAL program in one year or may choose to spread the program over two years. The two year option allows a candidate to complete the 360 hour practicum experience over two years. 

PreAL Application

Licensure candidates can earn a master's degree

  • Concurrently with the preliminary administrator license
  • With all 26 PreAL credits applying toward the master of education (M.Ed.) degree.