The primary goal of educational administrators is to improve teaching and learning so that all children can learn. The goal of the class, Educational Administration 700/900, is to help students use their field experience to become instructional leaders, who are committed to equity, reflection and inquiry in the practice of educational administration. A reflective administrator thinks critically about administrative practice, relates theory to practice and uses reflection to improve practice. Administrative practice in this class is described in terms of specific administrative skills (finance, scheduling, discipline, human resources, group process, public speaking etc.) and critical thinking in identifying and evaluating problems and solutions in school settings
The Field Experience in Educational Leadership (practicum) is the culminating experience for all students seeking certification as a Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, or Superintendent. Practical experience in a school setting provided under the guidance of the University Supervisor and the School Based Mentor, provides an opportunity for the student to integrate theory and practice.
As a culminating experience, the practicum reflects the mission and values of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. To actualize the department’s mission and values the practicum activities are individually designed by the student in collaboration with the site-based mentor to promote instructional leadership focused on equity, inquiry and reflection. The responsibility for a successful practicum or internship rests primarily with the student supported by the site-based mentor and University supervisor.
Students in the practicum will experience a wide variety of administrative responsibilities and activities designed to improve teaching and learning. The internship/practicum is designed to address each of the five domains of the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL). The CALL provides an organizing structure for the practicum experience that is congruent with the structure of the student’s course work and experiences in the Master’s degree program.
The practicum is legally required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is based on the Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure and meet the time requirements as prescribed by state law. Students must document 150 hours of supervised experience for the primary administrative license and 75 hours for other administrative licenses. Students seeking multiple licenses, i.e. Principal license and a Director of Instruction license, only enroll in the 700 course one time. The student is not required to enroll in ELPA 700 for additional licenses.