Become a School Administrator

At a Glance:

Administrative Licensure Programs

Semester hours 18
Average Completion Time 1 to 3 years
Cost per credit $626*
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Online or hybrid (online, with one session per term in Portland Center (near Tigard) or Newberg, Ore.)
Application Deadlines August 1 (fall term); December 1 (spring term); April 1 (summer term)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited
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.

The Preliminary Administrator License (formerly Initial Administrative License) can be earned as a specialization in the Master of Education degree, as a stand-alone license past the master's degree, or as part of the Doctor of Education degree.

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 doctoral program.

Program Format

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

  • PreAL courses are offered 100% ONLINE with no residency requirement. 
  • ProAL courses are offered ONLINE or via a HYBRID format. Hybrid courses are still primarily online with students attending one Saturday session per term in either Portland, Ore. or Newberg, Ore. 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." This can be best accomplished by partnering with public and private schools to identify and develop leaders who have an equal commitment to developing these skills with faith, vision, and love as their foundation.

Schools in the 21st century require new ways of thinking. Leaders will need to help create a vision of the kind of culture and program needed to develop support from all stakeholders to progress toward that shared vision.

George Fox University's Oregon administrative licensure program supports this style of leadership by focusing the curricula on the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century. It is designed to prepare an educator to be a change agent - one who understands current school practices and then works within the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context to facilitate new ways of helping all students become productive citizens and supporting all teachers to become leaders within schools.

The George Fox Administrative Licensure Programs emphasize 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.

At the completion of the administrative licensure course work and practicum experiences, candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Understand the developmental needs of students at all authorization levels
  • Be able to conduct and use research as a tool for improving a learning organization
  • Understand the goals of the Oregon Content Standards and how to use them as a guide in assessing your own school's goals and evaluating progress
  • Be prepared to lead teachers in helping students meet the standards and in continuing their professional development

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)

Program Information:

Gary SehornGary Sehorn
Director, Administrative Licensure Program

Phone: 503-554-2853

Admission Information:

Megan Janes

Megan Janes
Admissions Counselor
Phone: 503-554-6168