Principal Preparation

Study Formats Chicago Cohorts

This degree is available on campus and through satellite locations in the Chicagoland area.

Program Length 30 credits, 24-46 months

Curriculum

Supervision and Improvement of Instruction

A study and application of various educational supervisory models with emphasis on the instructional process and the role of the evaluator/supervisor in this process.

School Evaluation and Change Processes

The examination and application of school program and curricular evaluation processes to school improvement. Also an examination and application of change processes and interventions.

Curriculum and Assessment: Framework for Student Learning

The analysis of curriculum frameworks aligned to state and national standards and assessment processes leading to school improvement. It will prepare the instructional leader to develop the knowledge and skills related to curriculum and assessment at the building level.

Instructional Leadership

An analysis and examination of instructional leadership emphasizing parent, staff and community collaborations including improvement of curriculum and instruction.

Principal as Resource Manager

A study of the financing of public and non public schools and the relationship to government and other sponsoring agencies.

Schools, Parent and Community Partnerships

Processes and skills needed to develop effective communication programs linking schools, parents and the community.

School Law

An analysis of legal issues as they affect teachers, students, programs, and tort liability in public and nonpublic schools.

Ethics of School Leadership

An analysis and application of normative ethical theories and the perspectives of servant leadership and the Christian life applied to moral issues in education.

Capstone Experience

School Leadership Internship I and II

A year-long (two consecutive semesters) capstone clinical experience offering a variety of appropriate site-based hands-on experiences in a diverse setting supervised by university and site personnel. Prerequisite: The student must be enrolled in the Principal Preparation Program and have had at least four courses completed prior to the internship experiences. Students must consult with their advisor before registering for these courses.

Internship Guidelines

Internship I and II is a two semester, academic-year long, clinical experience at the preK-12 level. Students complete field-based experiences that are extensive and intensive in their own school, including administrative shadowing in diverse settings in a school different than their own.  Students are supervised by an on-site mentor and university supervisor. The internship is taken for the first full year following the completion of concurrent enrollment in courses equal to a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit.

 

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