The mission/purpose of the Educational Specialist Program in Teacher Leadership in Schools is to develop the knowledge, skills, commitments, and professional dispositions of candidates to become exceptional teacher leaders at the school and/or district level who advocate inquiry for self and all members of the learning community as a tool for continuous learning; who embrace diversity and advocate tolerance; who exhibit ethical behaviors; who exemplify integrity and fairness; who can think systemically; who can work independently and collaboratively; who exercise wise communication; and, extol the belief that all students can learn.
This purpose is designed to accomplish the mission of the School of Education and is guided by institutional goals, research, Teacher Leader Model Standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards, and Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
In accordance with CAEP Standards, candidates completing the Teacher Leadership in Schools program will accomplish the following learner outcomes:
- Demonstrate a commitment to inquiry that results in the use and generation of research.
- Demonstrate content and professional knowledge and skill.
- Demonstrate dispositions and commitments that support the belief that all students can learn.
- Engage in assessment practices that assure the continuous growth of self and all students.
- Utilize technology to ensure the learning of all students and to advance the professional growth of self and the learning community.
- Work independently and collaboratively to ensure that all students can learn.
- Demonstrate professional communications skills.
Ed. S. candidates participate in multiple assessments while enrolled in sequenced coursework over three consecutive quarters. Ed. S. candidates demonstrate achievement of learner outcomes from various assessments coordinated in course work throughout assessment transition points.