Initial Administrator License (IAL)

School Administrator License at George Fox University, Students

The Initial Administrator License or IAL is designed to prepare competent and ethical leaders to meet the personnel needs of schools in Oregon. This can best be accomplished by partnering with public and private schools to identify and develop leaders who have an equal commitment to develop these skills with faith, vision and love as their foundation.

George Fox University offers candidates the opportunity to earn as many as two licenses that prepare educators to serve in Oregon public or private schools as PreK-12 building and district-level administrators. The initial administrator license can be as a specialization in the Master of Education (MEd) degree, as a stand-alone license past the master's degree, as part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree, or through the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requires documentation of at least three years of successful licensed teaching or personnel experience in public schools or regionally-accredited private schools.

The George Fox IAL Program emphasizes the TSPC standards for demonstrating district-level competency in the following content knowledge, skills and dispositions:

  1. Visionary leadership. Candidate develops, articulates, implements, and stewards a vision by promoting community involvement.
  2. Instructional improvement. Candidate promotes a positive culture and provides effective instructional programs using best practice to design comprehensive professional growth plans.
  3. Effective management. Candidate manages the organization, operations, and resources of the school or district.
  4. Inclusive practice. Candidate collaborates with families, responds to interests/needs, and mobilizes community resources.
  5. Ethical leadership. Candidate acts fairly, ethically and with integrity.
  6. Socio-political context. Candidate understands, influences and responds to the larger context.
  7. Practicum experience. The practicum provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in Standards 1-6 through: 1) substantial, 2) sustained, 3) standards-based work, 4) in real settings, 5) planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel, 6) for graduate credit.

Curriculum

The initial administrator license program consists of five foundation or core courses, followed by a year-long sequence of practicum experiences and projects. The candidates transfer core course content into actual practice in school settings. This course work can be embedded within a master's program or may be taken as a licensure-only program accessed through face-to-face or online classes as scheduled.

Core Courses (13 semester hours)

EDFL 500 Instructional Supervision (3 hrs)
EDFL 640 Leadership in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 646 Managing Instructional Budgets (1 hour)
EDFL 671 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 hrs)
EDFL 682 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance (3 hrs)

Practica (5 hrs)

EDFL647 Portfolio Capstone (1 hour)
EDFL 648 Initial Administrator Practicum I (2 hrs, fall)
EDFL 649 Practicum II (2 hrs, spring)

Practicum Experience

The two semesters of practicum have three components: Practicum experiences may begin at the completion of at least three of the four core classes, or concurrently with the core in the cohort format, or on the approval of the program director for candidates who are assigned half-time administrator positions.

The university supervisor and site mentors will meet to verify the candidate's demonstration and documentation of the following knowledge, skills, and competencies listed in OAR 584-017-0251.

Portfolio and Capstone Presentation

Each candidate will begin to assemble a professional portfolio at the start of EDFL 648, Practicum I, and will add to that portfolio throughout their practicum, ending with EDFL 649, Practicum II. The candidate’s completed portfolio is presented in EDFL 647 and must document satisfactory performance in at least five of the following areas of responsibility as listed in OAR 584-017-0280.

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