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School Administration and Supervision

This 18-credit graduate certificate program is designed for school-district employed certified teachers and other certified personnel pursuing leadership positions in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) school settings and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for Administrator I certification in school administration and supervision. Program options are also appropriate for preparing department chairs, team leaders, or curriculum coordinators. In addition to the standard School of Education admissions requirements, applicants are expected to: 1) be certified teachers or other certified school personnel, 2) be currently employed by a school district or an accredited independent school 3) hold a master's degree.

A strong emphasis is placed upon the provision of opportunities for students to develop the skills and competencies that are necessary for successful educational leadership.  The internship is the capstone course; it is completed in the school where the student works and is performed under the careful supervision of an in-school mentor and a university supervisor.  Candidates must meet with an adviser before they are fully admitted to this certificate program.

The program is delivered in the face-to-face teaching mode. If you are interested in the online format, please click here.

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Please note that students must attend an organizational meeting or make arrangements to meet with the program coordinator in the semester prior to registering for the internship.

Course Requirements (18 credits, three credit hours for each course)

851.601 Organization and Administration of Schools
Students examine the role of the school administrator, with emphasis on instructional improvement, pupil development and services, school and community relations, administration of facilities and finance, professional development and services for staff, and organizational relationships and responsibilities. Participants will explore best practices for fostering student achievement.
851.603 School Law
Participants explore the legal foundations and structure of education and consider contemporary issues based on legislation and court decisions. Students develop techniques of legal research and analyze a topic of interest.
851.705 Effective Leadership
Students review the principles and techniques required of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders. The course emphasizes diagnosis of the school climate, principles of distributed leadership, motivation of faculty teams, and the dynamics of working in and with groups to accomplish school improvement goals. Emphasis is placed on the leader’s role in creating a collaborative vision/mission for a school and in establishing meaningful working relationships with the larger community.
852.602 Supervision and Professional Development
Students examine models of instructional supervision, including clinical supervision and various approaches to personalizing supervisory strategies. Emphasis is on supervision skills, including the assessment of teacher performance, effective conferring strategies, and working with teachers to construct instructional improvement plans. Students apply concepts developed to practical situations in laboratory sessions.
881.610 Curriculum Theory, Development, and Implementation
Students examine curriculum theory through philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives and apply course content to contemporary curriculum issues. Topics include aligning instruction with state and school district curricula and modifying curricula to meet individual learner needs. Students also explore effective strategies for implementing curriculum changes.
851.810 Internship in Administration and Supervision
Students participate in a supervised practicum experience in an educational setting. Individual and group sessions of the interns are held. (3 credits)


Gainful Employment Disclosure

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU School of Education is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.


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Liesl McNeal
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