Professional License

Continuing Administrator License (CAL)

Quick Facts

  • 28 credits
  • Online and hybrid options
  • Strong lifetime network of support

Effective 21st century school administrators lead with creativity, crafting engaging ideas and backing them up with action. PSU’s Professional Licensure Program prepares award-winning anti-racist, culturally responsive school leaders that supports administrators during their licensure program and beyond. PSU’s program meets the highest professional standards and has regularly earned accolades for its equity focus. 

Our graduates are leaders who give back to the community by co-teaching with our faculty, advising in our program, and building a strong network of support for our interns and graduates.  Our students and instructors are racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse, and our network provides personalized support through coursework, mentoring, practicum experiences, and networking throughout your leadership career. 

Feel confident making strong decisions when it matters most, and move cutting-edge educational practices forward. 


Susan Carlile
Program Coordinator


Stefanie Randol
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Job-embedded experiences and projects, focused on leadership for equity 
  • Culturally responsive leadership strategies
  • Change leadership strategies, focused on equity, using Improvement Science
  • Emotional intelligence with an anti-racist, equity focus
  • Job application and placement support, even beyond your graduation
  • Networking with our vast network of seated administrators
  • Experienced Oregon school administrators teach our courses
  • Online and hybrid course options, at an accessible price

Program Specifics

  • 28 credits
  • Online and hybrid options
  • Strong lifetime network of support!

Our graduates

Graduates earn a professional license, qualifying them to serve as building or district school administrators, with strong anti-racist leadership, in public K–12 settings. The professional license is required for a building or district administrative role in a public PK-12 Oregon school. After August of 2022, a professional license is required for a district administrative role. 

Why PSU?

PSU is the public research university for the Portland metro area. The CAL courses are taught by experienced, practicing school administrators with years of experience who help you learn how to become a principal or other school administrator. PSU is also known for its commitment to forward-thinking progress, inclusive goals, and supporting diverse communities. As our graduate Claudia Kis said, “being part of a talented group of peers and being allowed to learn with them, and because of them. Listening to their celebrations and challenges when being a leader for equity was the most valuable part of the program. They taught me this work is possible and we need to continue advocating for what is right for all students.