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Preliminary Administrator License Program

The 22-credit Preliminary Administrator License Certificate (Pre-AL) is designed for educators who possess a current Oregon or Washington Teaching license, have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in accredited public or private schools, and have the desire to continue their careers in building or program-level administrative positions that require a preliminary administrator (Oregon) or an initial principal or program administrator (Washington) license. Concordia's licensure program has reciprocity with Washington.

The Pre-AL program complies with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requirement that all applicants for administrative licensure must complete an accredited licensure program, including a 360-hour practicum, in order to be eligible to apply for the Oregon Preliminary Administrator License. The TSPC standards, as outlined in the most recent Oregon Administrative Rules, are central to Concordia University-Portland's Pre-AL program goals and objectives and are specifically designed to enable practicing educators to demonstrate the competencies required for this license. Candidates will demonstrate the six Oregon administrative competencies as they proceed through the program and required practicum. Candidates in Oregon or Washington who do not already have a master’s degree may complete Concordia's MEd in Administration degree and earn their master’s degree along with a Pre-AL.

Note: TSPC has recently approved a redesigned system of preparing and licensing school and district administrators in Oregon. Learn more about the TSPC Oregon Administrator License Redesign. Concordia will officially change the name of this program to the Principal License Program in August 2020, to align with TSPC regulation updates.

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Program Length 15-18 Months
Credits 22 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $697
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $1,000
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
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Preliminary Administrator License Program Objectives

Concordia’s Preliminary Administrator License program objectives are aligned with the six Oregon Administrator Competencies and the eight National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) building-level standards:

Oregon Administrator Competencies

1 – Visionary Leadership
2 – Instructional Improvement
3 – Effective Management
4 – Inclusive Practice
5 – Ethical Leadership
6 – Socio-political Context
Required 360-hour building-level practicum

NELP Building Level Standards 2016

1: Mission, Vision, and Core Values
4: Instructional Leadership
6, 7: Operations and Management; Human Resource Leadership
3: Equity and Cultural Leadership
2: Ethics and Professional Norms
5: Community and External Leadership
8: Internship and Clinical Practice


Preliminary Administrator License Program (22 Credit Hours)

Pre-Admin License Certificate
22.0 credits

For those candidates who already possess a recognized master's degree from an accredited institution, completion of this program enables those interested in careers as building administrators to apply for the Oregon Preliminary Administrator License as outlined in the current OARs. Candidates who do not already have a master's degree may complete Concordia's MEd in Administration degree and earn their master's along with a Pre-AL.

Courses can be taken on campus, online, or as a combination of on campus and online.

Licensure Update

For those who work in Washington, please contact your licensing board for information.


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