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Preliminary Administrator License

Kathie Hledik mentoring IAL student
Keith Hollenbeck
Contact: Angela Burham, Student Services Coordinator
(541) 346-1492


Mailing Address: 
Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
5267 University of Oregon

The Preliminary Administrator Licensure (PreAL) Program at the University of Oregon, a program designed for working professionals, 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). Learn more about the UO PreAL program and what former students say about the program.

Application Deadline for 2018-19 PreAL Program: February 2, 2018

Funding Opportunity for PreAL, D.Ed., and D.Ed/PreAL students: Equity Leadership Fellows Program - Successful applicants must show strong interest in equity and inclusion work.

Earn a Preliminary Administrator License

Oregon requires administrators in public schools (vice principals, principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, and other designated personnel) to hold administrative licenses. The Preliminary Administrator Licensure program is dedicated to preparing school administrators to lead and manage schools that maximize learning for all students.

The twelve month cohort licensure program and the two-year MEd/PreAL program both prepare students for the Oregon preliminary administrator license, issued by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. The standards-driven program features collaborative teaching between university faculty and practitioners which fosters mentor-relationships with practitioners.

PreAL Application                Equity Leadership Fellows Program

Also, here is a copy of the PreAL Recommendation form ONLY that you can download and send to your references.

Earn a Master's Degree and an Administrator License

Students have the opportunity to earn a master's degree concurrently with the preliminary administrator's license. All PreAL credits apply towards the master of education (MEd) degree. Course requirements for a combined program of study include practicum credit hours of actual administrative experience, for a total of 51 credit hours for the M.Ed. earned over eight terms. Of these hours, 26 credit hours apply toward preliminary administrator licensure. The Preliminary Administrator Licensure program without the MEd totals 26 credits and includes 360 hours of administrative experience to fulfill practicum requirements.

For more information:

Concurrent MEd/PreAL

Earn a Doctoral Degree and an Administrator License

Students enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Methodology, Policy & Leadership may simultaneously earn a preliminary administrator license (IAL). 

To apply for the PreAL portion, please complete the first page of the PreAL application. Applications are due May 2, 2017.