Curriculum in advanced program studies and teacher leadership
FAYETTE, Iowa (March 12, 2008) - Upper Iowa University (UIU) will graduate the first cohort of students in its Master of Education program, following two years of rigorous, collaborative study. Eighteen students will be awarded diplomas and hooded in light blue on Saturday, May 10, in a traditional ceremony held in Dorman Gymnasium on UIU's Fayette campus.
According to Dr. Gail Moorman Behrens, Director of Teacher Education and Chair of the Division of Education and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at UIU, this cohort of candidates began graduate studies June 2006 and has been taking classes evenings and summers for two years. Some students are completing studies in the Instructional Strategist emphasis to add an endorsement in special education to their teaching licenses; others are completing coursework in the Instructional/Classroom Leadership emphasis to enhance their knowledge and skills as teacher leaders and, if desired, to add the Reading endorsement to their teaching licenses. She explains the final twelve weeks are particularly intensive because, in addition to their classes, students are required to take written and oral comprehensive exams and to be prepared to summarize and appraise their action research projects.
Upon successful completion of UIU's Master of Education program, graduates will have mastered advanced skills in evaluating educational research; in describing and using educational technology methods in teaching, learning and productivity; in designing and constructing classroom curriculum units; in identifying and explaining issues in educational psychology; and in identifying and explaining educational policy issues relating to governance, curriculum, accountability, personnel development and school finance.
Several states are considering adding an endorsement to teacher licensure to recognize teachers who complete degrees in teacher leadership. These teacher leaders can be instrumental in implementing school reform measures and improving instruction in their schools as well as in mentoring fellow teachers. Teacher leadership can improve student learning and the professional lives of both school administrators and teachers. "By inviting teacher leaders to assist in improving learning conditions throughout the school, we aren't removing our best teachers from the classroom; we are extending their reach" emphasizes Marge Scherer, editor in chief of the Journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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