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If you are a teacher aspiring to become a school administrator, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the position. The program is designed for individuals with an active teaching license who currently teach in an accredited public or private school and wish to pursue a Virginia license in Administration and Supervision Prek-12. The master’s program in educational leadership prepares educators for positions in the areas of administration and supervision elementary, middle, and high school principals, superintendents and assistant superintendents of school divisions, instructional supervisors, teacher leaders, and directors of special education and technology. The curriculum is based on real-life scenarios and focuses on strengthening research skills and leadership abilities of each student. Additionally, the program curriculum reflects an emphasis on the Virginia Standards for Administration and Supervision and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with the National Policy Board on Educational Administration (NPBEA).
EDU 5013: Introduction to Principalship (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5243: Classroom Management and Behavior in a Diverse Society (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5033: School Law (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5023: School and Community Relations (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5213: Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth
EDU 5043: Theories of Educational Leadership (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5143: Teaching Strategies for Student Learning
EDU 5133: Foundations of Special Education (20 Internship Hours)
EDU 5123: Education and Society
EDU 5233: Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum
EDU 5053: Internship and Action Research for Leadership Part 1 (100 Internship Hours)
EDU 5063: Internship and Action Research for Leadership Part 2 (100 Internship Hours)
PRE REQ: Passing Score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Test Code: 6990)
Candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, including Virginia licensure in Administration and Supervision Prek-12 will be required to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours in an accredited public or private school:
The field experiences will be focused on student academic progress for all students and provide significant experiences within a school environment for candidates to synthesize and apply content knowledge and develop professional skills through school-based leadership experiences. Candidates will be exposed to five different sites, such as elementary, middle, high, central office, and agency, with diverse student populations. Candidates will be required to document a minimum of 320 clock hours, of which 120 clock hours are embedded as experiential field-based opportunities experienced during coursework.
Bluefield College follows the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC), revised and adopted by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) on December 12, 2007. Our program goals are aligned with the Code of Virginia to require that initial licensure for principals and other school leaders, as determined by the State Board of Education, be contingent upon passage of the SLLA. These 6 standards are aligned with each required course offering.