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School Executive Leadership

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
PETERSON HALL
206-281-2214
GRADADMISSIONS@SPU.EDU
SPU.EDU/DEPTS/SOE

The School Executive Leadership program is intended for those who wish to prepare to become educational leaders outside the superintendency. As distinct from the Superintendent Certification program, this program is designed for both certificated and non-certificated educational leaders.

The first option provides professional development opportunities within a specialized area for certificated candidates. The second option provides non-certificated students or those who hold either current teacher or ESA certification who currently serve in a district level position with an opportunity to receive a program administrator’s certificate by completing this program.

OPTION 1: EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP WITH SPECIALIZATION (27 credits)

PROGRAM DESIGN

Candidates complete the same core coursework as for the superintendent certification, but replace the field experience with electives in a chosen specialization and/or an applied field study in that area of specialization. All coursework is completed over a two-year period.

 

Core Coursework (18 credits)

EDAD 7581   Systems Leadership (3)

EDAD 7582   Educational Law & Policy Studies (3)

EDAD 7584   Resource Management (3)

EDAD 7586   Interpersonal Relations (3)

EDAD 7588   Improving Student Learning (3)

EDAD 7589   Policy, Governance, and Ethics (3)

 

Professional Growth Planning Seminars (3 credits)

EDAD 7100   Professional Growth Planning Seminar I (1)

EDAD 7200   Professional Growth Planning Seminar II (1)

EDAD 7300   Professional Growth Planning Seminar III (1)

Executive Leadership Specialization (6 credits)

The specialization portion of the program may be met through coursework and/or applied field study experiences

Areas of Specialization for Executive Leaders

  • Teaching and Learning (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Finance and Business
  • Human Relations Administration
  • Special Education
  • Support Programs (Remediation, ELL, etc.)

OPTION 2: EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP WITH PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION (27-30 credits)

Program Design

Non-certified candidates who currently serve in a district level position, or those currently certified as teachers or as educational staff associates, complete the same core coursework as for the superintendent certification, but receive program administrator certification. All coursework is completed over a two-year period.


Core Coursework (18 credits)

EDAD 7581   Systems Leadership (3)

EDAD 7582   Educational Law and Policy Studies (3)
EDAD 7584   Resource Management (3)
EDAD 7586   Interpersonal Relations (3)
EDAD 7588   Improving Student Learning (3)
EDAD 7589   Policy, Governance, and Ethics (3)

Professional Growth Planning Seminars (3 credits)

EDAD 7100   Professional Growth Planning Seminar I (1)

EDAD 7200   Professional Growth Planning Seminar II (1)

EDAD 7300   Professional Growth Planning Seminar III (1)

Executive Leadership Field Experience (6-9 credits)

EDAD 7890   Executive Leadership Field Experience (6-9)

The Executive Leadership program with program administrator certification requires at least 360 hours of field experience. The number of required credits (minimum of 6) is dependent on experience and desired position.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To apply, submit the following items to The Graduate Center to be considered for admissions:

  • An online graduate application.
  • A $50 processing fee. Make checks payable to "Seattle Pacific University."
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree was conferred or where post-master's graduate coursework was completed. (To maintain their official status, transcripts must remain sealed in their original envelopes.) Each candidate for the school executive leadership program must have completed a master's, doctorate, or other advanced degree.
  • A copy of your most recently earned professional teacher or ESA certificate, if applicable. Proof of current employment in a district-level position.
  • Two letters of recommendation. These must represent a current assessment of the applicant's qualifications. It is preferred that one recommendation be from the applicant's supervisor. The other may be from an instructor, another supervisor, pastor, or a colleague. Recommendations must remain sealed in their original envelopes.
  • For those applying for the Executive Leadership with Program Administrator Certification program, an approved Site Agreement signed by the superintendent of the applicant's district, indicating that the district will work with him or her to make an internship experience possible. (If no internship site is available, the applicant should include a note to this effect with the application.)

Exceptions to the above requirements should be approved through the program chair, Dr. William Prenevost, befre application materials are submitted.

GENERAL ADMISSION INFORMATION

Both tracks of the School Executive Leadership program are set up on a cohort format, with coursework beginning Autumn Quarter.

  • About 15 applicants are admitted each year. Candidates are admitted as application materials are completed and reviewed.
  • You may begin the program in that fall of the academic year and complete the program in a cohort model.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS

Ted Hiemstra
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 111
Seattle, WA 98119-1922

soe-grad-info@spu.edu
206-378-5478
800-601-0603

 

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