Become a School Administrator

Become a school administrator at George Fox University

George Fox University offers candidates the opportunity to earn two Oregon administrative licenses that prepare educators to serve in Oregon public and private schools as PreK-12 building or district-level administrators.

Principal License

The Principal License (formerly Preliminary Administrative License or Initial Administrative License) can be earned as:

Those with a Principal License are eligible to assume any K-12 building-level administrator role in a public school district in Oregon, such as assistant principal or principal. This license has a 3-year term and can be renewed continuously.

Note: additional requirements for the Principal License will take effect on August 1, 2022. We recommend to our current and prospective students in the Principal License Program to complete their programs before that date. University faculty will assist you with your course planning to help make this happen.

Professional Administrator License (ProAL)

The Professional Administrator License (formerly Continuing Administrative License) can be earned as a stand-alone license past the master's degree or as part of the Doctor of Education degree. The ProAL is required for a district-level administrative position. It must be earned before the Principal License expires. Typically, only those with a ProAL can apply for superintendent level positions, but there are some exceptions. This license has a 5-year term and can be renewed continuously.

To learn more about administrative licenses in Oregon, visit the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) website.

Program Format

The format of this program is designed to maximize accessibility for full-time educators and administrators.

  • Principal License courses are offered 100% online with no residency requirement.
  • ProAL courses are offered in an online or hybrid format. Hybrid courses are still primarily online with students attending one Saturday session per term in Portland, Newberg or Redmond, Oregon. Distance options may be available for students unable to attend in person.

The programs are designed to be flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule. Students choose their own pace and typically complete the program in 1-3 years.

Program Goals

George Fox University is committed to providing a program that has as its goal: "preparing competent and ethical leaders to meet the personnel needs of schools in Oregon."
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Alumni Testimonials

"[George Fox has] committed and qualified professionals in every department, from financial aid to customer service to the classroom. First-rate in every way. Earning my administrative license at George Fox University was the best career-related decision of my adult life." - Paul Tucker (Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Taft High School, Lincoln County School District)

"The critical thinking emphasis at George Fox in a collaborative, supportive learning environment equipped me with a solid foundation to begin my work as a new principal. I experienced professors that were rigorous, engaging and innovative, but above all, they were passionate about my individual development as a leader. Thank you, George Fox!" - Eric Beasley (Principal, Linus Pauling Middle School, Corvallis School District)

Admission Information

Jay Mathisen

, EdD

Co-Chair, School of Education

Director, Educational Leadership

Assistant Professor of Education


Kipp Wilfong

Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs


Administrative Licensure Programs

Program length 1 to 3 years
Credit hours 18
Cost per credit hour $700*
Tuition cost for entire program $12,600*
Accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Format Online or hybrid (online with one in-person session per term in Portland, Newberg or Redmond, Oregon)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited