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Post Master's Preliminary Administrator License (Pre-AL) Certificate

Jackie Brocka

Jackie Brocka - Class of 2005, 2016
BA, Post Master's Initial Administrator License (IAL)

"Not every child is the same, but every child can be successful. As a kindergarten teacher, my classroom is full of successful moments. As a child writes their first sentence, reads their first book, or ties their shoe for the first time, they are setting up skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. With the tools that I gained from the University of Portland, I can help each child reach their full potential. I believe in the power that educators have, and that’s why I teach each child’s mind, heart, and hands through the way they learn best. That’s why I’m a pilot. "

The preliminary administrator license (Pre-AL) offered through the post master's certificate 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.  

For details about the post master's certificate application requirements, please see the Graduate School's Application Requirements webpage. Please note that a minimum of 3 years of in-school experience as a licensed educator is required for admission. Questions about enrolling should be directed to Anne Rasmussen at or 503.943.8257.

Post Master's Pre-AL Certificate Requirements - 18 hours

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)

Course descriptions are available in the University of Portland Bulletin.

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Note: The Pre-AL is also offered as a specialty option in the master of education (MEd) program and as an area of concentration option in the doctor of education (EdD) program.

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