State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Oregon

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Oregon has adopted the Educational Leadership for Administrator Licensure Standards. Or. Admin. R. 584-018-0205
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Or. Admin. R. 584-010-0010
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Administrator licensure preparation programs must align with the Educational Leadership for Administrator Licensure Standards. Or. Admin. R. 584-018-0205
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found.
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. The commission may approve an experimental licensure, endorsement or specialization program for a maximum of two years. State policy provides additional requirements. Or. Admin. R. 584-010-0125
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Preliminary Administrator License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's and master's degree or higher in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Complete, as part of the master's degree or separately, an initial graduate program in school administration at an approved institution
  • Complete a course on Oregon School Law and Finance or demonstrate equivalent competency
  • Have three years of experience as a full-time licensed educator on any license
  • Receive a passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam.
Or. Admin. R. 584-080-0012

What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state may be issued a non-renewable Reciprocal Administrator License while completing coursework and assessment requirements. Or. Admin. R. 584-080-0151
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? An unconventionally qualified applicant, determined based on professional skills, who has not completed an administrative preparation program may be issued an Exceptional Administrator License at the discretion of the commissioner of education and may be renewable upon meeting commission-assigned requirements. Or. Admin. R. 584-080-0161


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