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The University of Oregon's Professional Administrator Licensure (ProAL) program is designed to prepare school leaders to meet the challenging demands of their careers in educational administration. The program emphasizes the development of expertise in professional practice and is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers as superintendents, administrators, staff developers, curricularists, or professors of education specializing in the preparation of educators. Based on research and current literature on educational leadership, school reform and restructuring, educational change, and organizational development and faculty knowledge regarding best practices—the ProAL program integrates the knowledge base of academic study with professional self-reflection and career-long learning.
The University of Oregon's ProAL program is fully approved by Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Educators who are interested in earning a doctorate may enroll in a combined ProAL/DEd program OR may complete a PhD or DEd in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. Teacher Standards and Practices (TSPC) rules permit an earned Doctorate (DEd or PhD) in educational administration to substitute for a specific ProAL program. If you have any interest in earning a doctorate, this option could be very appealing. An important benefit to entering a doctorate program in educational administration is that you may apply for student loans for the program. The continuing administrator licensure program is not eligible for federal student loans, though many Oregon banks do offer private loans to students in non-degree granting programs.
In the ProAL/DEd Joint program, all 27 credits required to earn a continuing administrator license apply toward the 135 credits past the bachelor's that are required for the DEd degree. The Doctorate of Education (DEd) degree in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership gives students advanced practictioner-oriented knowledge and skills in the processes that educators use to develop, refine, and implement positive educational outcomes through the effective organization and management of K-12 and higher education.
A Doctor of Education (DEd) degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in educational administration meets the ProAL requirement in Oregon (see below for degree options). The DEd in Educational Leadership program is designed specifically for working administrators and allows the students to earn their professional administrator license in Oregon. The ProAL program coursework is scheduled primarily for evenings and weekends during the school year. In addition to relevant coursework, faculty scholarship, and research, the program is based upon effective practices that include mentor relationships with outstanding practitioners and exceptional practicum experiences.
The PhD in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership enables students to complete the requirements for professional administrator licensure as part of their completion of the 135 credits past the bachelors degree required for a doctor of philosophy degree. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree gives students advanced research- and theory-oriented knowledge and skills in the processes educators use to develop, refine, and implement positive educational outcomes through the effective organization and management of K-12 and higher education.