Emphasis is placed on the relationships between curriculum and instructional development, supervision of instruction, professional development, and organizational development, and the ways in which information on student learning can be used to improve teaching and learning. Candidates:
Develop a detailed understanding of the ways in which school leaders support the development of children's interest and skills in reading, writing, and oral expression across all parts of the curriculum, along with an in-depth understanding of leadership issues in other subject areas.
Enhance their understanding and skills as leaders responsible for systems that support learning by students who struggle or who have traditionally been marginalized, but who learn most effectively when given full access to the same learning opportunities available to others.
Develop their ability to resolve conflicts, ethical dilemmas, and political challenges faced by educational leaders, and sharpen interpersonal communication skills while enhancing group decision making, and promoting collaboration and community building.
Increase their ability to work effectively with parents and caregivers of students and the communities in which the students live.
Gain a basic understanding of the institutional, legal, policy, fiscal, and external political contexts of public education and the technical and organizational systems that determine how those contexts affect teaching and learning.
Understand of the roles they will play as building leaders and school district leaders in the 21st century schools.