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New Principal Licensure Program

By Charlotte J. Muenzenberger
UW-RF News Bureau

APRIL 15, 2005--A new licensure program for principals will begin in June 2005, offered jointly by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

The program focuses on 21 competencies identified by the National Educational Policy Board necessary to become a successful principal. While Wisconsin requires a master's degree for certification, those seeking principal certification in Minnesota must also obtain an education specialist degree.

Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the program meets certification requirements for K-12 principals in both private and public school settings. Those seeking principal licensure in Minnesota can earn the required educational specialist degree by taking additional courses at St. Thomas.

Students can earn a master of arts in educational administration from the University of St. Thomas by completing the 30 licensure credits plus one three-credit class. Students who enter the program with a master's degree may obtain an education specialist degree through St. Thomas by taking two additional classes for a total of three credits.

The first course in the program, Leadership Development Seminar I, will be held 8:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. June 13-July 1 in Room 121 of the Wyman Education Building at UW-RF campus.

In fall semester 2005, courses on oral communications and principalship for K-12, will be offered. In spring semester 2005-06, courses include the Politics of Education and School Law. In summer 2006, participants enroll in Leadership Development Seminar II, and in fall semester 2006, courses in finance/budget, professional development/pedagogical supervision are offered as well as an internship, seminar and individual project. Finally, in the spring 2007, classes include student services and K-12 curriculum as well as internship, seminar and project will be included.

For more information on admission to the program, visit its Web site at or contact outreach and graduate studies at 715/425-3843.



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