The Executive Leadership program provides certificated candidates with professional development opportunities within a specialized area. Non-certificated students or those who hold either current teacher or ESA certification while serving in a district-level position may complete the Executive Leadership program and obtain a Program Administrator Certificate.
The program contains content similar to the Superintendent Certification program under two different tracks. The first track provides professional development opportunities for certificated candidates. The second track leads to Program Administrator Certification. It is also possible to apply credits from either track toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.
The Executive Leadership program includes two tracks, and coursework for both tracks are built on a two-year cohort model.
Track 1: Executive Leadership with Specialization (24 credits)
Certificated students complete the same coursework for the Superintendent Certificate but replace the field experience with two electives (6 credits) in a chosen specialization and/or an applied field study in the area of specialization.
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.)
Track 2: Executive Leadership with Program Administrator Certification (24-27 credits)
Non-certificated candidates complete the same coursework for the Superintendent Certificate but receive Program Administrator Certification. This track requires at least 360 hours of field experience (EDAD 6941) and the number of required credits (6-9) for the program is dependent on experience and desired position.
Courses meet three times per academic quarter (once a month) on Friday afternoon/evenings and Saturday mornings.
The program's Core Curriculum includes six integrated and standards-based courses that link your previous experiences to the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for senior-level leadership positions.
- EDAD 7581 Systems Leadership (3)
- EDAD 7582 Educational Law and Policy Studies (3)
- EDAD 7583 Leading Diverse Communities (3)
- EDAD 7584 Resource Management (3)
- EDAD 7586 Interpersonal Relations (3)
- EDAD 7588 Improving Student Learning (3)
To enhance collegiality, collaboration, and practitioner skills, three professional growth planning seminars are integrated into the program. In these seminars, students in both tracks discuss problems of practice, share insights gained from their specialization work or applied field study, assist in developing a Professional Growth Plan, and present key findings from integrated projects.