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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
School Administration Graduate Program
Demand for School Administrators Answered by New FDU Program
(Winter, 2000) — To meet the increasing demand for school administrators, a new Master of Arts in Educational Leadership has been announced by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Education. The new graduate program is for certified teachers in grades K-12 who want to move into school and district positions of leadership.
Completion of the program, which is co-sponsored and endorsed by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will qualify students to apply for provisional certification as a principal or supervisor.
According to Eloise Forster, Ed.D., director of the School of Education, "Decentralization, school-based management, and the movement toward higher standards has made the principalship one of the most demanding leadership roles in our society. In this context, we are witnessing a serious shortage of administrative candidates for the principalship."
The schedule allows students to complete the entire program using two full years and two summer sessions. With emphasis on flexible scheduling, meaningful internships and web-enhanced instruction, the program blends convenience and quality.
Forster said, "Prospective school leaders need to know what it looks like, feels like, and sounds like to be an administrator. A field-based internship is a full year, 12-credit component offered at participating schools. The students will participate in teams under the direction of a principal who assumes the role of field-based mentor."
Two unique aspects of the program are the pre- and post-assessment of leadership skills that will be completed in conjunction with the NJPSA and an intensive summer Leadership Institute with nationally recognized authorities in the field, in collaboration with NJPSA.
For further information regarding this graduate program that is available on both New Jersey campuses of FDU, call (201) 692-2456 or visit on the world wide web at www.fdu.edu.