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FIELD-BASED SUPERINTENDENT'S CERTIFICATION

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

The program content is organized around four major semester topics and four seminar sub-topics for each. The tentative themes and topics are as follows:

First year, fall semester: EdAd 587-seminar in educational leadership (effective leadership)

  • Seminar #1:  Role & Behavior of Superintendents
  • Seminar #2:  Focus on All Students Learning
  • Seminar #3:  Socially Just and Democratic School
  • Seminar #4:  Dynamic & Distributed Leadership

First year, spring semester: EdAd 587-seminar in educational leadership (quality teaching & learning)

  • Seminar #5:  High Expectations and Accountability for Adults    (Personnel)
  • Seminar #6:  Coordinated and Aligned Curriculum and Assessment
  • Seminar #7:  Coordinated & Embedded Professional Development
  • Seminar #8:  Quality Classroom Instruction

Second year, fall semester: EdAd 581-politics in education (support for system-wide improvement)

  • Seminar #9:  Effective Use of Data
  • Seminar #10:  Strategic Resource Management
  • Seminar #11:  Policy and Program Coherence
  • Seminar #12:  Governance

Second year, spring semester: EdAd 522-Topics in Education: school superintendent (clear & collaborative relationships)

  • Seminar #13:  Professional culture & Collaborative Relationships
  • Seminar #14:  Clear Understanding of School & District Roles & Responsibilities
  • Seminar #15:  Interpreting and Managing the External Environment
  • Seminar #16:  Partnerships

Washington State University, the College of Education, and this program share a strong commitment to diversity and social justice. We encourage applications from women and members of minority racial and ethnic groups. We firmly believe that a diverse program cohort will provide an enriched experience for all participants, and will ultimately result in a stronger cadre of leaders for our state’s and nation’s schools.

Weekend seminars

The field-based program 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, December, 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 structured to lead participants to mastery of the standards for the superintendency as defined in Washington State Certification requirements. Special emphasis is placed upon skills and knowledge unique to the superintendency, as it is assumed that cohort members are already skilled educators and leaders.

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

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.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2012/2014 cohort, which begins in August 2012.

FIELD-BASED PRINCIPAL'S CERTIFICATION

The WSU Spokane Principal and Program Administrator Professional Certificate programs provide course work in Spokane and Wenatchee.

Program faculty have a strong commitment to providing an exemplary preparation program for beginning school administrators in a high-stakes accountability environment. There is a strong nexus between intended student outcomes of the preparation program and the expectations for administrators to lead highly effective schools. 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. The program is committed to preparing school leaders who have a passion about the importance of quality leadership and a clear understanding of how to positively impact student learning and achievement.

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.

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."

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 Ed.M or Ed.D.

Program admittance requirements

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.

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.

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FIELD-BASED PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR'S CERTIFICATE

The WSU Spokane Principal and Program Administrator Professional Certificate programs provide course work in Spokane and Wenatchee.

Program faculty have a strong commitment to providing an exemplary preparation program for beginning school administrators in a high-stakes accountability environment. There is a strong nexus between intended student outcomes of the preparation program and the expectations for administrators to lead highly effective schools. 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. The program is committed to preparing school leaders who have a passion about the importance of quality leadership and a clear understanding of how to positively impact student learning and achievement.

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.

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."

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 Ed.M or Ed.D.

Program admittance requirements

Prerequisite Experience: Applicants must provide appropriate documentation of successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students.

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.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Washington State University's ProTeach Support Program provides guidance and encouragement to teachers working toward their Professional Certificate.  Our trained instructors will help you navigate the journey and assist you in preparation of your portfolio.  The process can be challenging and confusing.  Our instructors will share their expertise with you to make your personal journey as smooth as possible.  We can save you time as you move through the process and help you achieve your goal...the Professional Certificate. It is critical that you plan in advance (pdf) to determine when you need to get started.  You should  allow enough time to resubmit if needed.

Completing the process does not indicate you have earned your Professional Certificate.  You must receive your passing score before your certificate expires.

Teacher candidates benefited from using a support provider and they outperformed those that did not use a support provider (PESB 2011).

Teacher candidates that completed the portfolio within the beginning of their teaching experience performed better than those that completed it with 7 or more years of teaching experience (PESB 2012).

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CONTACT US

Field-based Principal Certification, Program Administrator Certificate,
Spokane
Teena McDonald, Ed.D.
tpmcdonald@wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 358-7948

Program information
Kelly LaGrutta
Academic Coordinator
lagrutta@wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 358-7942