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Principal Licensure Program Adds Master’s Degree
MARCH 24, 2006-- Aspiring principals can now earn a master’s degree
in addition to principal licensure certification at the University of
Wisconsin-River Falls. Recently enhanced, the UW-RF Principal Licensure
Program has served the needs of those interested in becoming principals
for the past six years.
Designed for educators and administrators, graduates can now receive a
Master of Science in Professional Education and will be equipped for leadership
in either public or private school settings.
The new program, developed in response to the needs of Wisconsin and the
shortage of school administrators, is approved by the Wisconsin Department
of Public Instruction for certification as a K-12 principal and is the
first competency-based program in the state.
“This program will benefit a variety of people anxious to become
administrators, whether it is an assistant principalship or large/small
school administrative position,” says program graduate Mike Johnson,
who is an assistant principal at River Falls High School.
The practitioner-oriented program is offered in a cohort format, allowing
peers to provide support and encouragement to each other. It also allows
faculty to track student progress and be responsive to student needs.
Coursework is completed over a two-year period and is focused on the competencies
necessary to become a successful principal including leadership, decision-making,
supervision and staff development. Courses are a blend of traditional,
online, independent and practical experiences. Projects are designed to
assist students in creating their work administrator portfolios.
The first class is held on campus to provide access to technology and
other services. After the first summer, however, the cohort helps to determine
convenient location and meeting times for the remaining classes.
“The cohort model taking place over two years offered flexibility
and an enriching practical licensure program,” said Johnson.
Program faculty and staff have advance degrees, and many are practitioners
in the field. Local PK-12 administrators serve as faculty, mentors and
evaluators, creating strong and valuable connections to the PK-12 community.
Applications are being accepted for a cohort to begin this summer, the
first class in the program, Leadership Development Seminar, starts June
12. For more information about the program, or to apply, visit www.uwrf.edu/ogs
and go to Graduate Studies>Programs>Principal Licensure or call
the Graduate Studies Office at 715-425-3843 or 800-228-5607.
The University of Wisconsin - River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies
Office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development
programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete
list of courses, course descriptions and admission information is available
at http:/www.uwrf.edu/ogs or can be obtained by calling 715-425-3256,
1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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