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Principal & Assistant Principal Certification

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  Administration & Supervision Program for Principal Certification Purpose The purpose of the Administration & Supervision program is to provide advanced courses of study for talented educators who have completed a Master of Arts degree in Education and who seek certification as school leaders in the state of Delaware as Principals or Assistant Principals. Structure Courses are offered in an accelerated 8 week format for the convenience of the professional educator and total 18 credits.  Certification can be completed in a 3 semester or 6 semester track.  Students who opt to take two courses per semester can complete certification on the 3 semester track.  Students who opt to take one class per semester can complete certification on the 6 semester track.  Program of Study This certification-only program is comprised of six strategically designed courses, which address key aspects of leadership that are applicable to schools.   12-605. CURRICULUM ORGANIZATION AND DESIGN. This course analyzes the historical, philosophical, sociological, epistemological and pedagogical bases of curriculum patterns with emphasis on relationships to contemporary designs. Students explore models of curriculum organization by which to effect curriculum change. 3 credits. 12-639/681. HUMAN RELATIONS IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS. This course examines how administrators must understand, react and respond to a changing society to foster a true sense of community in school. The course primarily addresses three dimensions: 1) developing academic partnerships with parents and the members of the community; 2) creating learning organizations (communities of practice)among teachers; and 3) nurturing the development of personalized learning environments for students. 3 credits. 12-641/686. SUPERVISON AND LEADERSHIP IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. This course focuses on the knowledge, dispositions and performance skills required of school principals that include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning in a pluralistic society; (2) encouraging and achieving high standards of learning; (3) effective communication, consensus building and negotiation skills; (4) continuous school improvement; (5) involvement of the school community; (6) continuous staff professional growth; (7) effective instruction(learning theories, motivational theories, assessment strategies and recognizing student growth and development); (8) technology in promoting student learning and professional growth; (9) valuing student diversities and school cultures; (10) creating a safe and supportive learning environment; (11) implementing and evaluating curriculum and instruction; (12) management of school operations; and (13) selecting, supervising and evaluating staff. 3 credits. 12-643/684. LEGAL ISSUES, ETHICAL CONDUCT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN TODAY’S SCHOOLS This course examines the following: (1) prudent strategies, safe environments, ethical principles in decision making, and fair practices in a litigious society; 2) school district judicial policies and student/employee rights; (3) legal issues that impact today’s schools; and; (4) students’ and teachers practices. 3 credits. 12-645/685. SUPPORTING A SCHOOL VISION THROUGH EFFECTIVE BUSINESS AND FINANCE PRACTICES. This course provides advanced students with an understanding of the issues and challenges facing administrators with regards to the financing of education in an era of intense change. Some of the issues facing practicing school administrators, teachers, school board members, legislators and other interested parties include, but are not limited to: The No Child Left Behind Act; budget cuts at the federal, state, local and school levels; and changes in legislation allowing for school choice, voucher plans and charter schools. This course also addresses the various principles relating to the fiscal operations of a school’s management and the entrepreneurial acts required to support the continuous improvement of instruction and learning for all students. Strategic planning, budgeting, accounting, auditing, and human resource management at the school level will be discussed through case studies. 3 credits. 12-650/682. SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION OF STAFF/ASSESSMENT OF INSTRUCTION. This course emphasizes the role of assistant principals and principals as the instructional leaders of the school and the official in charge of promoting a safe, secure student environment to make possible student learning and staff professional growth. Reflective assessment practices are thoroughly reviewed and discussed. Research is conducted by advanced students on the following topics: (1) identification of effective models of instruction; (2) student achievement; and (3) frameworks for identifying and analyzing models of teaching, decision-making, and assessment. Additionally, the course focuses on defining supervisor responsibilities, understanding and implementing controls, solving problems and making decisions, effective communications, effective leadership, motivational techniques, problem-solving, and the supervisor’s role in labor relations. 3 credits.          

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Earn a Masters in Social Work in One Year with Advanced Standing!

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Students who have graduated from a BSW degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may apply for consideration for “Advanced Standing Status.”   The criteria for advanced standing status are as follows:   A bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program. The degree must have been received within the last five (5) years prior to enrollment in the MSW Program. An overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and at least a “B” or better in all social work foundation courses in the undergraduate program. The foundation courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I & II, Social Welfare Policy I & II, Social Work Research Methods I & II, and Practice I & II. A minimum of “B” in undergraduate field placement. In addition to the standard application packet, applicants for advanced standing must submit: A recommendation from the Chair of their undergraduate program supporting acceptance of the student directly into the second year of the Master’s Program, as one of the three reference letters required. Descriptions and evaluations of the undergraduate field work experience.   Note: All students admitted to the “Advanced Standing Program” must attend the advanced standing seminar the summer prior to admission. Applicants may be requested to submit social work course descriptions and/or syllabi. Admission to the Advanced Standing Program is honored only for the year offered. If applicants do not execute the offer in the year it is made, they must re-apply. The offer cannot be deferred.   Advanced Credits   Applicants who have graduated from a Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may receive up to a maximum of eighteen (18) credits applied towards the MSW degree at the time of admission, if they meet the requirements for regular status. However, they must have a B or better in all foundation courses for which credit will be given.   Click here to view the Masters in Social Work (MSW) program information guidebook.      

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  The mission of the Division of Adult & Continuing Education (ACE), is to attract, enroll, and serve adult learners within Delaware and the region who are seeking educational opportunities for professional development, re-certification, career enhancement, and lifelong learning.

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