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 Portland Center (near Tigard), Salem, Newberg and Redmond, Ore., and online (with no on-campus requirement)
Application Deadlines July 1 (fall EDFL); Nov. 1 (spring EDFL); April 1 (summer EDFL)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

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.

Each of the graduate programs offered at George Fox University are an extension of the university’s mission to provide high-quality, Christ-centered education in a Christian college setting. This is accomplished through a variety of programs designed to prepare students to enter professions, advance within their profession, or enhance their knowledge or skills. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ.

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 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.

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

Program Information:

Marc SheltonMarc Shelton
Director, Administrative Licensure Program

Phone: 503-554-2869

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor

Phone: 503-554-6027