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Master of Education (MEd) - Preliminary Administrator License

The preliminary administrator license (Pre-AL) offered through the master of education (MEd) program on the University of Portland campus provides experience in addressing the leadership and management needs of contemporary schools and districts for individuals seeking to become first-time administrators.  Please note that a minimum of 3 years of in-school experience as a licensed educator is required prior to beginning the IAL specialty coursework. 

For details about the MEd program application requirements, please see the Graduate School's Application Requirements webpage. Questions about enrolling should be directed to Anne Rasmussen at or 503.943.8257.

MEd Pre-AL Requirements - 36 hours

MEd Core Requirements - 15 hrs
ED 550 Professional Growth and Development (3 hrs)
ED 551 Social and Cultural Foundations (3 hrs)
ED 555 Teacher as Researcher (3 hrs)
ED 558 Educational Research for Improved Student Learning (3 hrs)
ED 598 MEd Capstone Project (3 hrs)

MEd Pre-AL Specialty Requirements - 21 hrs
ED 544 Human Resource Development and Management (3 hrs)
ED 545 Leadership and Organizational Change (3 hrs)
ED 546 Policy, Ethics, and the Law (3 hrs)
ED 547 Resource Allocation, Finance, and Management (3 hrs)
ED 548 Supervision for Instructional Improvement (3 hrs)
ED 549 IAL Leadership Practicum (3 hrs)
ED 5XX Elective (3 hrs)

Course descriptions are available in the University of Portland Bulletin.

Note: The Pre-AL is also offered as a post master’s certificate and as an area of concentration in the doctor of education (EdD) program.

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