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Degree & Licensure


A message for Concordia University Portland students

COSA and its academic partner, Concordia University Chicago, are dedicated to helping CUP students complete their licensure programs smoothly and affordably. We guarantee admission of all students in good standing and will accept all transfer credits. Please see CUC's The Portland Promise page. The expedited, no-fee application is here.


Our Program

In partnership with COSA, Concordia University Chicago has developed licensure and degree programs to support current and future administrators in Oregon. This rigorous online program offers Principal and Professional Administrator licensure, as well as the opportunity to pursue an education specialist, master’s or doctorate degree. COSA’s mission is to develop and support school leaders. We strive to prepare administrators who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead positive changes in schools so that all learners can be successful.Our partner is CAEP-accredited and recognized as a national leader in educational training. Together, we are committed to delivering a program with the highest and most rigorous standards of admission and completion.


The COSA-CU Chicago program is based on national standards that emphasize instructional leadership and cultural competence. Most coursework except the administrative internship is offered online via a course delivery system that fosters collaboration among cohort members and allows students to access material at any time. The COSA-CUC program is designed so candidates can achieve an advanced degree. The Oregon Principal (formerly PreAL/IAL) candidate can earn a Masters of Arts in School Leadership. The candidate for the Oregon Professional Administrator (formerly ProAL/CAL) can receive an Education Specialist (Ed.S.), or a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D or Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership. The program also offers coursework for licensed administrators seeking continuing course credit.

For information about our innovative internship courses , click HERE.


Staff at COSA are dedicated to helping candidates succeed by helping them with all aspects of the program. Cohorts meet to support one another at workshops, trainings and conferences throughout the year. We could tell you about all the great things the COSA-CUC licensure program offers, but we want you to hear them from the people that matter: our candidates.


Our faculty are Oregon educators, too. There’s no ivory tower here—our faculty members are working professionals with years in the Oregon school system. They provide students with the real-world, relevant experience that makes for a truly great education. We carefully choose our faculty members based on their expertise in particular subjects and their practical experience in putting this knowledge to use in their own professional careers. Faculty members teaching in the COSA-CU Chicago program are required to complete a certification course that ensures their skill in delivering asynchronous, self-paced course work that builds a collaborative community of learners. For complete biographies of our faculty, visit this page.

Interested in teaching a COSA-CUC class? Would you like to mentor aspiring administrators? Download an application HERE.

Admissions & Costs

For more information about the COSA-CUC program, contact admissions specialist Trina Hmura at  or 503-480-7214. Trina can help with general questions as well as guide candidates through the admissions procedure.

COSA pledges to keep tuition below the mean cost of existing licensure programs in the state, and the tuition rate is always locked in as of the candidate's admission date. Up to half of a candidate’s program credits may, upon transcript review, be transferred in from other regionally accredited graduate schools. Candidates enrolled in degree programs are eligible for financial aid through CU Chicago. Please click HERE for tuition costs and credit requirements. Concordia University Chicago handles all financial considerations; you can email  or call the help line at  708-209-3113 or 708-209-3347, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. If you need additional information, please contact Trina.   

COSA Leads Contacts

Colin Cameron Colin Cameron

Director of Licensure


Krista Parent Krista Parent

Director of Executive Leadership


Trina Hmura Trina Hmura

Admissions Specialist




  • Jan.13 : Spring Term I begins
  • March 9: Spring Term II begins
  • March 11: Equity Academy III
  • April: Internship meeting


2020 Elementary Principals Conference

Make sure to save the date for the COSA Elementary Principals Conference, April 22-­‐24 in Eugene. This year’s theme is “Mastering our role: learn, lead, leap.” For more information, click HERE.