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College of Education creates master's in educational leadership

February 18, 2002

A new master's degree program launched by Austin Peay's College of Education prepares teachers to become academic leaders and obtain a beginning administrator license.

The program can be completed in 18 months. Successful completion and testing give participants a “Beginning Administrator License” in Tennessee or a “Level 1 Principal Certificate” in Kentucky.

“The state made changes in the licensure requirements, and we took that opportunity to develop a program to meet national standards,” said Dr. Susan Simms, assistant professor of education.

“There were no model programs that addressed the new standards and our unique setting, so we blended the experiences of APSU instructors and the successes of other programs across the country to create the ELS program.”

Designed to fit the schedules of teachers, the program is delivered in small cohort groups, each of which establish convenient meeting times and locations.

Each course offers 10 credit hours earned from field-based experiences to train students in “real life” situations.

“Students immediately apply what they are learning in the course content,” said Simms.

Two practicing administrators serve as mentors throughout the program.

“The goal of the ELS program is to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and disposition they need to be successful school administrators,” said Simms.

The program will be beneficial to the region and the nation as well as to those who want to become administrators, Simms adds. “This is an integrated school-based graduate program that will help meet the regional and national need to recruit and retain qualified school administrators.”

For more information about the ESL program, telephone 7190.