Posted: Feb 20, 2012 8:31 AM by AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - A program at the University of Louisiana-Monroe is designed to prepare teachers for the certification they need to obtain positions in school administration.
The program, known as Alternate Pathway 3, is for teachers who do not have a master's degree. The intensive 18-month program prepares them to obtain an educational leadership certificate, the News-Star reports.
Applicants must be recommended by a schools superintendent, have a bachelor's degree and at least three years of teaching experience.
"We need strong leaders in our schools, and this gives qualified candidates the opportunity to get started on their certification fast and get into those positions more rapidly," said Leonard Clark, ULM's chief of educational leadership and counseling. "If you know anything about what's going on in our schools, there is a need for leadership. There is a need for those who can go into the schools and determine what the issues are, how to assess the needs of students and effectively lead a faculty. That's what this focuses on, making them effective leaders."
Clark said program participants will take classes that will prepare them to become principals, supervisors or school administrators.
The curriculum will include leadership skills, budgeting, how to analyze data and how to understand diversity within a district, he said.
Clark said the participants can complete the program while keeping their current teaching job.