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Executive Leadership Studies (K-12)

COORDINATOR: DR. DAVID W. SHELLMAN

 

The focus of the Executive Leadership Studies (K-12) program is to prepare experienced teachers to serve as educational leaders; it is designed to meet the needs of educators in both theory and practice. Qualifying applicants may enter the five-semester program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Executive Leadership Studies. In order to be licensed in North Carolina, students must demonstrate proficiency by developing an electronic portfolio that addresses the seven (7) standards adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education and by being certified on twenty-one (21) competencies.

 

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION CRITERION:

A minimum of three years of successful experience as a classroom teacher is recommended for entry into this program. Applicants must hold a valid teaching license in a curriculum area.

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Executive Leadership Studies (K-12) is to develop educational leaders through courses, research, seminars, and internships conducted in an environment based on Christian principles and values.

 

GOALS

The Executive Leadership Studies program is designed to meet the following program goals for prospective school administrators:

 

  1. Provide a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration, curriculum development, and instructional improvement.
  2. Promote the development of the ability to implement and evaluate models of instruction and methods of supervision in the classroom and other school settings.
  3. Foster the development of the ability to evaluate classroom teachers within an academic environment.
  4. Develop the capacity to interpret and implement educational research in the total school program.
  5. Provide preparation for service as instructional and educational leaders.

 

MELS COURSE OF STUDY

MELS 601 Executive Leadership in a21st Century Change Environment (6 hrs.)

MELS 602 Research and Assessment for 21st Century Executive Leaders (6 hrs.)

MELS 603 Resource Management for 21st Century Executive Leaders (6 hrs.)

MELS 604 21st Century Curriculum and Instructional Development (6 hrs.)

MELS 605 21st Century School Leadership (6 hrs.)

MELS 697 Internship (6 hrs.)

 

LICENSURE IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Experienced, licensed North Carolina educators who already have a master’s degree may become licensed in school administration through the School Administration Add-On Licensure program.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed application to the Graduate School showing employment history required by NCDPI: three years of teaching or professional educator experience (e.g., school counseling), or a position as an assistant principal
  • Official transcript of master’s degree from regionally accredited institution
  • Current North Carolina educator’s license
  • Three professional references on Graduate School reference forms (references from family members or friends are not acceptable)

 

MELS COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE

MELS 601 Executive Leadership in a 21st Century Change Environment (6 hrs.)

MELS 603 Resource Management for 21st Century Executive Leaders (6 hrs.)

MELS 605 21st Century School Leadership (6hrs.)

MELS 697 Internship (6 hrs.)

 

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