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FIELD-BASED SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATION

Preparing leaders for tomorrow’s schools

The mission of WSU’s Field-Based Superintendent’s Certification Program is to prepare school district leaders to meet the leadership challenges to be faced by school superintendents in the twenty-first century. The Field-Based Superinten­dent’s Certification Program is specifically designed to engage and mentor current building principals and mid-level administrators in the development of the leadership and administrative skills needed to lead their organizations for the improvement of student learning.

State-wide Program Delivery

Students in the field-based program may register through either WSU Spokane or WSU Vancouver. The program delivery replaces the traditional series of sepa­rate classes with a two-year internship completed in conjunction with a series of weekend seminars. Sixteen seminars are held over the two-year duration of the program. Seminars are scheduled in August, September, October, November, January, February, March, and April of each year. Most seminars begin Friday afternoon and conclude Saturday afternoon; however, some seminars are held on other days to accommodate program requirements.

The seminars are held on WSU campuses or at hotel facilities at various locations around the state, including Spokane, Vancouver, Pullman and Olympia. Locations are selected to provide maximum access to resources and to balance travel requirements among the participants.

Program Overview

The program content is organized around four semester themes and topics. Program themes and topics include:

Effective Leadership

•     Role & Behavior of Superintendents

•     Focus on All Students Learning

•     Socially Just and Democratic School

•     Dynamic and Distributed Leadership

Quality Teaching and Learning

•     High Expectations and Accountability for Adults

•     Coordinated and Aligned Curriculum and Assessment

•     Coordinated & Embedded Professional Development

•     Quality Classroom Instruction

Support for System-wide Improvement

•     Effective Use of Data

•     Strategic Resource Management

•     Policy and Program Coherence

•     Governance

Clear and Collaborative Relationships

•     Professional Culture & Collaborative Relationships

•     Clear Understanding of School & District Roles & Responsibilities

•     Interpreting and Managing the External Environment

•     Partnerships

Internship

The two-year internship is the centerpiece of the field-based program. Interns are required to chronicle their experiences and reflect upon them.  Each intern works closely with a mentor, generally the district superintendent.  Interns and mentors meet regularly to share experiences, perceptions, and progress on internship activities.

Because of the heavy emphasis on the field-based aspect of the program, we require a strong commitment by the participant’s superintendent to serve as a mentor to the intern during the two-year duration of the program.  The program’s success relies upon a positive, collaborative relationship between the program faculty, the intern, and her/his mentor.

Program faculty meets regularly with the interns and their district mentors to review progress and develop ways to make the intern experience valuable and relevant.

Application

The Superintendent Certification program admits a cohort of students each August. The priority application period runs through April 15 each year and successful applicants can expect notification in the middle of May. Additional applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. (Please note that program participants are expected to have experience as school principals, central, state or regional service district experience or equivalent, as deter­mined by WSU program faculty.)

Applying for the WSU Field-Based Superintendent’s Certification Program is a two-step process:

•     First, you must apply to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to an Administrative Credential program at the university.

•     Simultaneously, you must apply to the Educational Leadership depart­ment for acceptance into the certification program.

For those wishing to pursue a doctoral degree, it is useful to note that all graded credits earned in the Field-Based Superintendent’s Certification Pro­gram are applicable to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership at Washington State University. Application to the doctoral program requires an additional application process; please call for additional advising and materials pertaining to the doctoral program.

FIELD-BASED PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION

The WSU Spokane Principal Certificate Program provides course work in Spokane and Wenatchee.

Program faculty are committed to providing an exemplary preparation program for beginning school administrators in a high-stakes accountability environment. The "Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools" as endorsed by the Washington State Board of Education provides an overall framework for the purposes of Washington State University's administrative preparation program.

To prepare school leaders with the leadership and management skills needed to improve student learning in a variety of school environments the program includes the following principles:

  • Provide relevant and rigorous coursework that closely aligns with expectations for school building and district leaders.
  • Provide a rigorous field-based internship organized around the six professional standards from Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
  • Collaborate closely with school district mentors to plan and supervise internship experiences.
  • Encourage and facilitate networking among administrative candidates through participation in seminars and workshops with interns from other institutions.
  • Deliver instruction by faculty members who have experience, skills, and knowledge as school building and district leaders.

Academic expectations

Courses and seminars, while closely linked to the ISLLC standards and problems of practice, also reflect the academic standards of WSU graduate programs. Program participants are expected to successfully complete all academic course requirements and to demonstrate their ability to write and think clearly through the completion of course papers and other assignments.

Required Courses

Participation in the principal program is cohort-based, and courses are offered on a two-year rotation schedule. Courses include:

EdAd 516 Instructional Leadership (offered spring semester even numbered years)
EdAd 583 Community and Communications (offered spring semester odd numbered years)
EdAd 585 Finance Management in Education (offered every summer)
EdAd 588 Law and Education (offered every summer)
EdAd 589 Leadership Development Seminar (offered fall semester even numbered years)
EdPsy 510 Assessment of Learning (offered fall semester odd numbered years)

Washington State-funded educational leadership intern program

It is very important that an intern has release time from his or her other responsibilities to experience and practice the role of the principal, to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, and to participate in leadership professional development opportunities.

The Washington State-Funded Educational Leadership Intern Program provides funds to school districts for release time for individuals participating in an administrative intern program. The program is managed by the Washington School Principals Education Foundation, an affiliate of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), in cooperation with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Grants are awarded each year through a competitive grant application process. Applications are distributed to school districts, universities and educational service districts in mid January from OSPI and due back to AWSP in mid March. Successful grant recipients are usually notified in May regarding release time funding for the following academic year.  Grant recipients are also expected to respond to various surveys and data collection processes conducted by AWSP.

Spokane and Wenatchee interns are expected to apply for this grant in January of the first year of the two year internship to support their second year internship activities.

Funding for the Washington State-Funded Educational Leadership Program is dependent on legislative appropriations.

The objectives of the internship activities are: (1) to assist the candidate to acquire the skills identified for each of the standards, and (2) to provide additional valuable learning experiences relative to the administrative position as jointly determined by the mentor, the candidate and the university supervisor. During the course of the program, candidates should be sure to complete at least one major project related to each of the six program standards as described in the “Washington State Certification Performance Indicators." Students register for FOUR graduate internship credits over the course of the two-year program, typically taking one internship credit each fall and each spring.

Alignment with degree programs

Education courses taken in Spokane may be used as supporting course work for students admitted to a WSU degree program, such as the Education Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Education Doctorate in Leadership Studies.

Admission Requirements and Process

Prerequisite Experience

Applicants must hold or have held a valid teaching certificate or an ESA certificate with appropriate documentation of successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students to be admitted to the principal certification program.

Academic requirement

Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution in order to apply for the administrative certificate. Students may work on the master's degree and the certificate at the same time, and most of the course work in the principal certificate program may be applied to the Ed.M. in Educational Leadership offered through WSU Spokane.

Moral Character

Applicants who do not hold a valid Washington certificate at the time of application (See WAC 180-79A-155) must complete Fingerprinting, Washington State Patrol and FBI background check.

Application Process

The Principal Certification Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certification program.

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.


Principal/Program Administrator Program Application Materials (Word)

FIELD-BASED PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION

The WSU Spokane Principal Certificate Program provides course work in Spokane and Wenatchee

Program faculty are committed to providing an exemplary preparation program for beginning school administrators in a high-stakes accountability environment. The "Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools" as endorsed by the Washington State Board of Education provides an overall framework for the purposes of Washington State University's administrative preparation program.

To prepare school leaders with the leadership and management skills needed to improve student learning in a variety of school environments the program includes the following principles:

  • Provide relevant and rigorous coursework that closely aligns with expectations for school building and district leaders.
  • Provide a rigorous field-based internship organized around the six professional standards from Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
  • Collaborate closely with school district mentors to plan and supervise internship experiences.
  • Encourage and facilitate networking among administrative candidates through participation in seminars and workshops with interns from other institutions.
  • Deliver instruction by faculty members who have experience, skills, and knowledge as school building and district leaders.

Academic expectations

Courses and seminars, while closely linked to the ISLLC standards and problems of practice, also reflect the academic standards of WSU graduate programs. Program participants are expected to successfully complete all academic course requirements and to demonstrate their ability to write and think clearly through the completion of course papers and other assignments.

Recommended Courses

Participation in the program administrator program is cohort-based, and courses are offered on a two-year rotation schedule. Courses are aligned with the principal certification program, while the internship experience is specific to the program administrator program. Courses typically include:

EdAd 516 Instructional Leadership (offered spring semester even numbered years)
EdAd 583 Community and Communications (offered spring semester odd numbered years)
EdAd 585 Finance Management in Education (offered every summer)
EdAd 588 Law and Education (offered every summer)
EdAd 589 Leadership Development Seminar (offered fall semester even numbered years)
EdPsy 510 Assessment of Learning (offered fall semester odd numbered years)

Washington State-funded educational leadership intern program

It is very important that an intern has release time from his or her other responsibilities to experience and practice the role of the principal, to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, and to participate in leadership professional development opportunities.

The Washington State-Funded Educational Leadership Intern Program provides funds to school districts for release time for individuals participating in an administrative intern program. The program is managed by the Washington School Principals Education Foundation, an affiliate of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), in cooperation with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Grants are awarded each year through a competitive grant application process. Applications are distributed to school districts, universities and educational service districts in mid January from OSPI and due back to AWSP in mid March. Successful grant recipients are usually notified in May regarding release time funding for the following academic year.  Grant recipients are also expected to respond to various surveys and data collection processes conducted by AWSP.

Spokane and Wenatchee interns are expected to apply for this grant in January of the first year of the two year internship to support their second year internship activities.

Funding for the Washington State-Funded Educational Leadership Program is dependent on legislative appropriations.

The objectives of the internship activities are: (1) to assist the candidate to acquire the skills identified for each of the standards, and (2) to provide additional valuable learning experiences relative to the administrative position as jointly determined by the mentor, the candidate and the university supervisor. During the course of the program, candidates should be sure to complete at least one major project related to each of the six program standards as described in the “Washington State Certification Performance Indicators." Students register for FOUR graduate internship credits over the course of the two-year program, typically taking one internship credit each fall and each spring.

Alignment with degree programs

Education courses taken in Spokane may be used as supporting course work for students admitted to a WSU degree program, such as the Education Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Education Doctorate in Leadership Studies.

Admission Requirements and Process

Academic requirement

Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution in order to apply for the administrative certificate. Students may work on the master's degree and the certificate at the same time, and most of the course work in the certificate program may be applied to the Ed.M. in Educational Leadership offered through WSU Spokane.

Application Process

The Program Administrator Certification Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certification program.

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.


Principal/Program Administrator Program Application Materials (Word)


CONTACT US

Field-based Superintendent Certification
Dr. Glenys Hill, Ed.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
glenys.hill@wsu.edu

Field-based Principal Certification, Program Administrator Certificate
Teena McDonald, Ed.D.
tpmcdonald@wsu.edu

Program and application information
Kelly LaGrutta
Academic Coordinator
lagrutta@wsu.edu