Discussion in 'General Education' started by otterpop, Aug 18, 2018.
Aug 19, 2018
This is why I like the CA model, they allow you to either do the admin credential program or just pass the admin test (good for 10 years from the date you take the test) and then apply for your license provided that you find employment in a district as a VP/P.
On the job training is vastly better than a credential program, IMO. Even you said that you learned everything on the job.
Yep, I completed mine in 13 months.
Just a few more things to think about.
1) Any credential program is only as good as the people charged with teaching it (and the assigned reading). Many instructors have few accomplishments to their name even though they may have been school superintendents. Who you end up with is a toss up.
2) Quality coursework can introduce students to models for effective leadership styles, personnel evaluation, program evaluation, staff development and program improvement. Courses should also include effective strategies for consensus-building, decision-making, problem-solving and supervision of instruction.
3) Ideally, new administrators would be able to draw on their extensive knowledge base acquired through coursework to apply to different situations that arise on-the-job. Tip: develop a quick reference guide of useful techniques and strategies that can be easily accessed. (categories might include Consensus-Building, Decision-Making, etc.)
4) On-the-job "training" would be more appropriately called attempting to lead by trial-and-error and IMO is far from ideal. However, the prevalence of low-quality credential programs often makes having to learn on-the-job (trial by fire) an unfortunate necessity. In this regard, many admin. and teaching credential programs are indeed quite similar.
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