Online Principal License

School Administrator License at George Fox University, Students

The Principal License is designed for current educators as they seek to launch their career as a school or district administrator. (This license was formerly known as the preliminary administrative license or initial administrative license.) 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.

Those with a Principal License are eligible to assume any PreK-12 building-level administrator role in a public or private school district in Oregon, such as assistant principal or principal.

Note: additional requirements for the Principal License will take effect 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.

Already an administrator?

Check out our Professional Administrative License (ProAL) program (formerly Continuing Administrative License).

Program Overview

Students can earn their Principal License at George Fox University in one of three ways:

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

The Principal 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.

Course descriptions

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.


Kipp Wilfong

Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs