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Continuing Education for Oregon Teachers

George Fox University offers two Oregon administrative licenses that prepare educators to serve in Oregon public and private schools as PreK-12 building or district administrators. Our administrative licenses are NCATE accredited, and George Fox is one of only seven institutions in Oregon with national accreditation of its education programs.

Designed for Busy Educators

Courses are offered online or on-site at our Portland, Salem, Redmond, and Newberg locations. Both programs are designed to be flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule. In addition to traditional coursework, students will engage authentic leadership opportunities in their local school or district (crafted together with the help of an administrative mentor and university supervisor). Students control their own pace and typically complete the program in 1-3 years.

Principal License

The Principal License is designed for current educators who seek to launch a career as a district or school administrator, such as a principal. This is best accomplished by partnering with public and private schools to identify and develop leaders who have an equal commitment toward professional development.

The Principal 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 degree. Classes within the MEd and stand-alone option are offered 100% online.

Professional Administrative License (ProAL)

The ProAL is designed for current administrators who desire to continue their administrative licensure and career as a school or district administrator. The ProAL 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.

The ProAL can be earned as a stand-alone license past the master's degree or as part of the doctoral program. Classes can be taken online or via hybrid courses as scheduled. Hybrid courses are offered primarily online with students attending one Saturday session per term.

Why George Fox?

  • Enjoy a flexible course schedule with online learning at your own pace
  • Receive guidance and support from PhD-level educators
  • Learn from an NCATE-accredited program
  • Earn a respected degree from a university highly ranked by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report
Alumni Testimonials
Paul Tucker

“[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)

Eric Beasley

“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)

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Looking for another continuing education program?

George Fox offers online and summer courses for PreK-12 teachers:

  • Master of Education (online)
  • Endorsements in ESOL (online), Reading (online), Special Education (hybrid)
  • Certificate in Technology Education (online)
  • Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
  • Doctor of Education (hybrid)

Don't have a bachelor's degree yet?

George Fox offers an evening degree-completion program for adults who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Want to become a licensed teacher?

Check out our master of arts in teaching program that prepares PreK-12 teachers for public and private schools.