Preliminary Administrative License (PreAL)

School Administrator License at George Fox University, Students

The Preliminary Administrative License (PreAL), formerly the Initial Administrative License, is designed is designed for current educators as they seek to launch their career as a school or district administrator. 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. 

Program Overview

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 preliminary administrative license can be earned as a specialization in the Master of Education (MEd) degree, as a stand-alone license past the master's degree, or as part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree

Classes are offered 100% online and can be taken at your own pace to maximize accessibility for full time educators. 

The Preliminary Administrative License program consists of five 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. 

Core Courses (13 semester hours)

Leadership in Education (3 hrs)
Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance (3 hrs)
Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 hour)
Instructional Supervision (3 hrs)
Managing Instructional Budgets (1 hrs)

Practica (5 hrs)

Portfolio Capstone (1 hour)
Preliminary Administrator Practicum I (2 hrs)
Practicum II (2 hrs)

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 ADMN Practicum I, and will add to that portfolio throughout their practicum, ending with Practicum II. The candidate’s completed portfolio is presented in the Portfolio Capstone and must document satisfactory performance in at least five of the following areas of responsibility as listed in OAR 584-017-0280.