Developed by Administrators for Administrators
A cohort-based program designed for the working professional


Program Description

The Initial Administrator License (IAL) Program at Southern Oregon University offers a unique curriculum composed of relevant courses identified by practicing school administrators in the Southern Oregon region. The IAL’s practical focus enables a more flexible and meaningful opportunity for students to integrate the theory and practice of educational administration not found in a linear, course-by-course approach typical of most administrator programs. Each quarter’s coursework revolves around themes identified by local practitioners, based on their working knowledge of educational leadership. IAL courses (25 credit hours) integrate theoretical foundations with applied opportunities for students to participate in the subject content. The required practicum hours (360) enable students to move from theoretical foundations into actual practice at a variety of school levels. The IAL program is composed of a yearly cohort, admitted each summer. The cohort of students move through the four-term program (summer, fall, winter, spring) together by enrolling in each of the courses and the accompanying practicum.


  • The IAL is arranged around specific themes and includes student-developed learning activities, case study exercises, problem-based learning approaches, and practicum experiences.
  • A central feature of the curriculum is the integration of theory into practice through consideration of research and scholarship and its application to school settings.
  • School practitioners are involved with the planning, teaching, and assessment of each facet of the program.
  • Classes feature extensive use of panels, case study presentations, and discussions with school leaders.
  • The distinct advantage of SOU’s IAL Program is the thematic format that includes a variety of topics facilitated by school leaders. Case studies and school leader presentations are easily added and adapted to meet the needs and interests of the specific program cohort.

Student Evaluation

Proficiencies for students are demonstrated through:

  • Integration of theory into practice in case studies, research projects, problem-based learning, and class activities.
  • The Integration Portfolio that links coursework, practica, and personally identified research agendas in a document of program outcomes.
  • Coursework, practica, and the Integration Portfolio that provide evidence of meeting state and national standards which include: visionary leadership; instructional improvement; effective management, inclusive practice; ethical leadership; socio-political context; and practica experiences.

Requirements and Meeting Times

The IAL is a four term, 25-credit program including 9 credit hours of practicum (360 hours).

  • Coursework begins during summer session, meeting each afternoon for three weeks.
  • Classes during the school year meet one weekend of each month, Friday evening and all day Saturday.

Tentative Schedule of Classes for 2021-22 Cohort

Initial Administrator Licensure
Aprille Phillips
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 
Fax (541) 552-6287