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March 1, 2019
Administrator Licensure Redesign
Is Here!
This issue of the TSPC newsletter is intended to provide a general overview of the new Administrative Licensure system. The rules were adopted by the Commission on February 7, 2019, and became effective upon filing with the Secretary of State's office on March 1, 2019.
 
Introduction

As early as 2013, the Commission began a process to combine the systems of Basic/Standard and Initial/Continuing licenses into one system using Preliminary and Professional license titles as required by Oregon statute. That process was completed for teaching licenses in 2016, and has resulted in more streamlined licensure processes and less confusion for educators and staff, while maintaining a high standard for the preparation and licensure of teachers. As teachers have renewed, their licenses and endorsements are issued as Preliminary or Professional.

Soon after the completion of the Teaching License Redesign, work began on the Administrator License Redesign. Under the leadership of TSPC’s Executive Director, Dr. Rosilez, a fully redesigned system of preparing and licensing administrators has been approved by the Commission. This new set of rules aims to better prepare administrators for work in school buildings and district-wide assignments, create flexibility for administrators depending on their chosen career path, and reduce the numbers and types of licenses, similar to the redesign work accomplished for teachers.

Communications
In addition to this newsletter, a new webpage has been added to the TSPC website to hold information about the Administrator Licensure Redesign. You can also view that webpage on the left hand menu item "Administrator License Redesign" from the TSPC homepage.

TSPC staff is sending emails to three "categories" of administrative license holders who:
  • Held an Initial Administrator License which has expired;
  • Currently hold an active Initial or Preliminary Administrator License and may be enrolled in a Continuing or Professional Administrator Licensure program; and
  • Currently hold a Professional, Continuing or Standard Administrator License.
Each email will include a link to the revised Scope and Responsibilities of the Administrator License.

A special email address has been created and will be monitored by staff to assist with the transition. Please encourage those with Administrator Licensure questions to email AdminLicense.tspc@Oregon.gov. Districts may also utilize that email address, but are also welcome to direct questions to their TSPC contact.
The Basics: Administrator Licensure Redesign
First License: Principal License
  • For building-level administrative positions;
  • More robust program than the IAL;
  • The Principal will be considered “fully prepared”;
  • Three (3) year term (incentivize moving to the Professional);
  • Continuously renewable with 90 PDUs unless the holder moves to the district office;
  • No limit to the number of renewals;
  • Restricted License may be available to begin an assignment as a Principal prior to qualifying for full licensure.
  • If assigned to a district-level position, may be eligible for a License for Conditional Assignment (LCA) and will have three (3) years to complete requirements for the Professional Administrator License.
The Administrative Rule language for the Principal License can be found at this link.

Second (optional) License: Professional License
  • For district-wide administrative positions;
  • Can also perform the duties and responsibilities within the scope of the Principal License:
  • Five (5) year term;
  • Renewable with 120 PDUs.
The Administrative Rule language for the Professional Administrator License can be found at this link.

FAQs:

Question
: Old requirements or new requirements? What about those currently enrolled in their CAL?


Answer: Those holding the Initial Administrator License will be able to complete their current CAL program. But, they must complete the program no later than August 1, 2022 and TSPC must receive the Program Completion (C2) verification and official transcripts from the university. After that date, the CAL programs will no longer be offered. Failure to complete the CAL by that date will cause the administrator to be subject to the new standards for licensure. Those currently enrolled in their CAL should contact their program immediately.

Question: What about those Initial Administrator License holders who:
  • Allowed their IAL to lapse; or
  • Weren’t able to complete their CAL; or
  • Didn’t have the administrator experience required to move to the Professional (Continuing)?
Answer: TSPC staff will attempt to send information via email to notify those with an expired IAL that they may be eligible to reinstate that license as the Principal License. This action must be completed by August 1, 2022. After that date, the preparation program will evaluate their academic record to determine what must be completed under the new system of licensure to qualify for the Professional Administrator.
 
Scope and Responsibilities
Under Redesign, an Administrator License is required when the educator will:
  • Supervise licensed personnel (new);
  • Evaluate licensed personnel;
  • Discipline licensed personnel;
  • Authorize assignment of TSPC-licensed personnel to teaching, administrator or other licensed positions (new);
  • Authorize the out-of-school suspension or expulsion of PreK-12 students.
This is a change from previous rule, where an administrator license or registration was required to:
  • Evaluate licensed personnel;
  • Discipline licensed personnel; or
  • Authorize out-of-school suspension or expulsion of students.
Purpose of the Principal License
The Principal License qualifies its holder to serve as a principal, vice-principal, associate principal, or an equivalent position that serves as the administrator of a public school in a prekindergarten through grade 12 Oregon public school district or education service district. The Principal License is the preliminary administrative license for the state of Oregon and signifies that the holder is prepared for leadership in the school-level context.

Scope and Responsibilities of the License: A Principal License is required to perform school administrator duties at a building-level, as provided in OAR 584-235-0010, Scope and Responsibilities of Oregon Administrator Licenses.

Purpose of the Professional Administrator License
The Professional Administrator License is a license that qualifies its holder to serve in a principal or a school district position in a prekindergarten through grade 12 Oregon public school district, education service district, or charter school. The Professional Administrator License is the professional administrative license for the State of Oregon and signifies that the holder is prepared for leadership in the district-level context.

Scope and Responsibilities of the License: A Professional Administrator License is required to perform school administrator duties at the district-level, as provided in OAR 584-235-0010, Scope and Responsibilities of Oregon Administrator Licenses. District-level positions are administrative positions that have responsibilities across schools or programs within a district, including director of programs and superintendency positions.
Transitions
Current Administrator License Title Transitions to the Title
 Initial  Principal
 Preliminary  Principal
 Continuing  Professional
 Professional  Professional
 Standard  Professional
 Distinguished  Professional
 Basic  Legacy or Principal
Principal License Requirements
Experience Requirement:
  • Must have (3) years full-time (or 6 years part-time) licensed school experience.
  • Licensed experience must include working directly with students on any license appropriate for the assignment.
  • May include teaching, school social worker, school counselor, school psychologist, speech language pathologist, school nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist and other school licensed experience.
Academic Requirements:
  • Hold a master's degree; and
  • Complete a Commission-approved Principal License program, or out-of-state equivalent.
Professional Administrator License Requirements
Experience Requirement:
  • Have three (3) years of full-time or six (6) years of part time licensed school administrator experience.
Academic Requirements:
  • Hold a master's degree; and
  • Must complete a Commission-approved Professional Administrator License program, out-of-state equivalent, or meet program waiver requirements.
The holder of a Professional Administrator License is eligible to perform the duties within the scope of the Principal (building-level) and Professional Administrator (district-wide) Licenses.
Out of State Administrators
The Reciprocal Administrator License will be issued to first time, out-of-state applicants who hold an active and valid, non-provisional administrator license from another state.

TSPC staff will evaluate the preparation and licensure for those holding an administrator license from another state to determine if they are authorized to be a Principal or a district-wide (superintendent) administrator in the other state. Keep in mind that some states (Washington and California) may not require licensure of the superintendent. Those licenses may not reciprocate as Professional licenses. Please be sure you review the preparation of an out-of-state candidate for a district-wide position.

Other key points for Reciprocal Administrator
  • Has an eighteen (18) month term;
  • Is used to complete Oregon requirements: civil rights and Oregon school law and finance;
  • **May be used for building-level or district-level administrator positions;
  • Is not renewable.
Some applicants may be able to move directly to the Principal or Professional Administrator License, bypassing the Reciprocal Administrator License. To do this, applicants will need to complete the Oregon civil rights and Oregon school law and finance requirements, as well as meet the experience requirements prior to applying for their first Oregon administrator license.

**If an applicant is hired for an Oregon district-level position, but only has an out-of-state building –level or principal license, the applicant may be required to apply for and hold an LCA for the Professional Administrator License on their Reciprocal Administrator License. The applicant will have three years to complete the requirements for the Professional Administrator License. When the term of the Reciprocal Administrator License expires, the educator will apply for the Principal License and a second LCA, unless the educator qualifies for the Professional Administrator License.

The Administrative Rule language for the Reciprocal License can be found at this link.

FAQs

Question: What if their Oregon Reciprocal License is expired, but they’ve now taken Civil Rights, and Oregon School Law and Finance and they meet the experience requirements?

Answer: They are eligible to apply for the Principal or Professional Administrator License as appropriate. If they have not completed Oregon requirements, they may be eligible for an Emergency Administrator License while they complete the courses.
Renewal Requirements
Principal and Professional Administrator
Principal License: 90 PDUs or 6 semester/9quarter graduate level credits

Professional Administrator License: 120 PDUs or 8 semester/12quarter graduate level credits
Restricted Administrator License
The Restricted Administrator License:
  • May be issued to teachers and other school personnel who are hired for administrator positions and do not hold an administrator license;
  • Is valid for building-level administration (principal);
  • May also be required to hold the LCA for district-level positions;
  • May allow substitute teaching only when required as part of the administrative assignment.
  • Requires district sponsorship;
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree;
  • Has a one-year term, valid for a total of three years.
First license: The educator must provide evidence of admission to and enrollment in Principal License preparation program.

First reissue: The program must verify that the candidate is making progress toward completion of the program.

Second reissue: The program must provide evidence that the educator has completed at least 50 percent of the Principal program.

The Administrative Rule language for the Restricted Administrator License can be found at this link.

FAQs

Question
: What if we hire a teacher to be the Principal but they don’t have a Principal License?


Answer: The teacher would be eligible to hold the Restricted Administrator License for up to three (3) years to meet qualifications for the Principal License.

Question: What if we hire a teacher to be both the Principal and Superintendent (or other district-wide position) but they don’t have Principal License?

Answer: The teacher would be eligible to hold the Restricted Administrator License for up to three (3) years to meet qualifications for the Principal License. Once they qualify for and hold the Principal License, they may be eligible for the License for Conditional Assignment (LCA) for up to an additional three (3) years to complete the requirements for the Professional Administrator License.
License for Conditional Assignment
The Commission is adding the LCA option to Administrator Licensure to cover those who hold a Principal License but working at the district office level.

The LCA for Administrator:
  • May be issued to holders of a Principal, Reciprocal, Restricted Principal or Legacy Administrator license who are hired for district-level positions;
  • Requires district sponsorship;
  • Requires a master’s degree;
  • May be added to a Principal, Reciprocal, Restricted, and Legacy Administrator license;
  • Has a one-year term, valid for a total of three years per the underlying license type;
First reissue: The educator must provide evidence of admission to and enrollment in a Professional Administrator Licensure program and have district sponsorship.

Second reissue: The educator must have completed at least 50 percent of the Professional Administrator program and have district sponsorship.

The Administrative Rule language for the LCA can be found at this link.
Preparation Standards: Principal
Principal License: What is different about the preparation standards?

Preliminary Administrator preparation:
  • Likely held a master’s degree;
  • Completed 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate credits in an approved program;
  • Required to complete an additional 18/27 graduate credits (the CAL program) within 10 years to move to the Professional.
This system of preparation and licensure was aligned to the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. These were a set of recommended national standards for the preparation of school administrators.

Principal preparation (after Redesign):
  • May not already hold a master’s degree, but will earn one as part of their program if they don't already hold a master's degree;
  • The Principal preparation program will fully prepare the educator to serve as a building-level administrator (principal), and require 27 semester or 40 quarter graduate credits;
  • A minimum of 300 hours of clinical practices at both the Elementary and Secondary levels will be the foundation of the program.
This system of preparation is built on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) standards, with the specifics for building administration defined by National Educational Leadership Preparation standards (NELP). The Commission added Oregon’s standards for equity, ethics, budgeting, mentorship and law.

The Administrative Rule language for the Principal Preparation Standards can be found at this link.
Preparation Standards: Professional Administrator
Professional Administrator License: What is different about the preparation standards?

Professional Administrator preparation:
  • Initial Administrator Licensure (IAL) program complete;
  • Completed 18 semester or 27 quarter hours beyond the master’s degree in an advanced program.
This system of preparation and licensure was aligned to the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. These were a set of recommended national standards for the preparation of school administrators.

Professional Administrator preparation after Redesign:
  • Principal program complete;
  • The Professional Administrator preparation program will fully prepare the educator to serve as a district-wide (assistant superintendent, superintendent) and require an additional 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate credits;
  • A minimum of 200 hours of clinical practices, with coursework supporting the practical learning.
This system of preparation is built on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) standards, with the specifics for district-wide administration defined by National Educational Leadership Preparation standards (NELP). The Commission added Oregon’s standards for equity, ethics, budgeting, mentorship and law. The Commission added Oregon’s standards for equity, ethics, budgeting, mentorship and law.

The Administrative Rule language for the Professional Administrator Preparation Standards can be found at this link.
Emergency Administrator License
The Emergency Administrator License was not revised in this redesign process. An Emergency Administrator License may be issued when a school district demonstrates extenuating circumstances that merit the issuance of the license in order to protect the district's programs or students.

Districts will submit a statement of need describing the extenuating circumstances constituting the emergency and the applicant's unique skills qualifying her or him for the license. The letter must include a request for the least amount of time necessary to meet the emergency needs of the district. The applicant may be asked to provide additional evidence of their qualifications, at the request of the Commission.

Generally, failure to meet renewal requirements does not constitute an emergency or extenuating circumstance.

The Administrative Rule language for the Emergency Administrator License can be found at this link.
Contact Us

Email help:
Administrator Licensure: AdminLicense.tspc@oregon.gov
eLicensing or technical problemsonline.tspc@oregon.gov
Licensure questions: contact.tspc@oregon.gov

Districts: Please contact your TSPC representative if you have questions about licenses for educators in your district. 

Please note: Your TSPC representative’s email address and phone number are exclusively for district use and should not be distributed to educators. Educators must contact TSPC by email or phone, 503-378-3586.
This newsletter is intended to provide general information only.

Please refer to Chapter 584 of the Oregon Administrative Rules for specific rules and regulations governing educator licensure in Oregon.
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