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School Administration

  • Credits for Licensure:
    32
    (5 terms)
  • Credits:
    30
    (4 terms)
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    PR Council of Education

Program Description

The School Administration Program reflects the current standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and Department of Education of Puerto Rico. The program prepares experienced leaders and PK-12 school and district director candidates who demonstrate leadership skills in teaching, management and operations, parent and community participation, and who promote a professional culture. The goal is to create competent, dedicated, and qualified educators, based on the principles of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. The certification components are exclusively tailored for Puerto Rico.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to: (a) demonstrate a realistic understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of workplace administrators, (b) promote student learning, and (c) support professional development and personal success by cultivating a shared vision that puts the teaching and learning process at the center of education. They will also work effectively, safely, and efficiently by using resources to implement the curriculum, and programming, hire staff, create partnerships with families, community organizations, and other interested parties to support the school- and district-specific mission, and to encourage and maintain a culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for all involved.

Careers

Graduates will be qualified to obtain certification as an administrator, receive management- and policy-related duties in PK-12 public school contexts. In general, graduates become leaders for teachers, subdirectors, and directors or seek administrative positions in organizations and agencies specializing in education. Similarly, graduates without certification normally seek leadership positions in private institutions and charter schools, as well as positions where they provide workforce development through training of education policy. 
 
Administrative licensure is required for part- or full-time employment as a director, department head, or curriculum specialist.
 
 
For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.

Curriculum

All classes are taught in Spanish.


Term 1
6
Credits
Selection, Development, and Supervision of Educational Personnel
EAD 684 3 credit(s)
This course alerts students to the wide range of activities covered by the term “personnel management” and presents the best of current practices in the field. Students are prepared to select, develop and supervise teachers and other staff effectively. The school is presented as a learning organization - a place where all are supported in continuous growth and describes the administrator’s role in creating that culture. Formative and summative techniques for feedback about performance are emphasized. The course also includes the topics of the legal and ethical aspects of evaluation, hiring and dismissal. The importance of the administrator’s role as an instructional leader is emphasized. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Curriculum Development, Assessment & Improvement for the School Admin
EAD 712 3 credit(s)
Pre-practicum: Fifteen hours of directed field-based training is required. Development, assessment and improvement of curriculum to engage students in the learning process and prepare them to be active contributors in the information age is a challenge for school administrators nationwide. This course familiarizes students with proven practical techniques, methods and strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum. Current theories, research and practices related to effective teaching, curriculum designs and frameworks, and national state standards are explored. Internet resources and research sites are examined to aid students in understanding the complexities of curriculum development. Students also address different learning styles, cultural awareness, ethnic minorities, equity issues, and the use of community resources while designing and evaluating curriculum. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Term 2
9
Credits
Finance and Business Administration for the School Administrator
EAD 690 3 credit(s)
This course prepares educators to understand and effectively manage the fiscal aspects of a school or school district. The work focuses on school finance as a matter of public policy and law, the different sources of school financing, and the funding mechanism at various levels of government. Proposition 2 1/2, the Massachusetts foundation budget process, financing procedures in other states, and the financing of charter, choice and voucher programs are examined. In addition, educators study school budgets, the role of the school’s community in developing and establishing the budget, and different approaches to the budgeting process. Finally, educators address the issues of plant management, custodial care, building maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduling, energy management, collective bargaining and purchasing of materials for plant management. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Legal Aspects of School Administration
EAD 688 3 credit(s)
This course explores the legal principles which apply to current educational practice. It specifically deals with issues of students’ rights and teachers’ rights which impact and influence the operation of schools and the related tension created by multiple structures. Laws/ regulations and court decisions related to free speech, equal rights, and school discipline are studied. In addition, laws and policies dealing with IDEA (special education) and No Child Left Behind are examined in depth. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers
MMG 525 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG506 Quantitative Analysis for Managers or equivalent. This course provides students with the knowledge and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in management decision making and develops their ability to characterize management problems that can be solved by such techniques. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation, chi square testing, analysis of variance, and decision theory. spreadsheet and statistical computer programs are used in the class.
Term 3
6
Credits
Contemporary Issues and Topics in Educational Administration
EAD 662 3 credit(s)
The effective educational administrator actively pursues further study in his/her field. By so doing, the administrator strives to acquire a knowledge base which will help deal with contemporary issues that will affect students, staff, community and the organization of the school. This course, therefore, features research and in-depth discussion of topics of immediate concern to the educational administrator. The topics may include, but will not necessarily be limited to strategic planning, organizational change, effective staff development, team building, outcomes based learning, the use of data for decision making, interpersonal skills necessary for site-based management, teacher evaluation, issues of equity, and community relationships. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Organizational Change for School Leaders
EAD 782 3 credit(s)

This course emphasizes organizational theory and the varied forces shaping learning environments in P-12 schools, including the myriad contexts influencing the shifting roles and expectations of school leaders in responding to change at multiple levels. Also explored is the intentionality and collaboration required at the building, district, and community level to manifest constructive change supportive of teaching and learning and the use of data in designing, analyzing, reporting, and monitoring effective change initiatives.

Term 4
6 (or 9 for non-certification)
Credits

EAD623 is only for non-certification.

Advanced Technologies in Education for Puerto Rico Administration - 3 credits
EAD 600 3 credit(s)

This course introduces students to actual and potential ways in which technology is used in school through a combination of practice-based theory and hands-on technology applications. Students will learn to evaluate the technology needs of their school or work organization, to plan for those needs, and to evaluate the success of technology programs. From a theoretical perspective, it focuses on using new technologies to serve various pedagogical philosophies and the impact of new technologies on instructional design, teaching and school reform.

Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Special Education
ESP 695 3 credit(s)
This course reviews all special education laws (IDEIA, 2004, and specific regulations such as 34 C.F.R. 300; 603 CMR 28:00) regarding the pre-referral and referral of a student, and the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Additionally, the course examines the relevance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as the procedures for Special Education Appeals relating to public schools’ obligations to provide Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities. Additional emphasis is placed on students with a diagnosis of Autism and developing IEPs for these students in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), using theories and strategies for including students in general education classrooms. Special attention is paid to legislation governing special education. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Classroom Management Using Accelerated Learning
EED 623 3 credit(s)
Accelerated learning is used to explore strategies for creating an environment, which supports students and minimizes teacher stress. Traditional strategies including control of movement, time and space management, establishing effective rules, interpersonal relationships, small and large group dynamics, behavior modification, as well as relaxation, mood setting, win-win solutions and a range of alternative methods of intervention and curriculum strategies are explored through role play, group activities, multi-media and readings.
Term 5 - certification only
5
Credits

Practicum is only for candidates seeking DEPR Director certificate.

Practicum Prerequisites:

  • Pass applicable Puerto Rico teacher test, PCMAS, if not already passed at undergraduate level.
  • Pass all courses.

EAD790G must be taken concurrently with EAD694.

 

 

Practicum for School Director PK-12
EAD 790G 3 credit(s)

This course includes 150 hours of documented field-based experience specific to the application of professional practice as school directors and supervisors in PK-12 settings. The Practicum is required for the level of license sought and guided by a College supervisor and cooperating practitioner certified in the area. The Practicum must be taken simultaneously with EAD694 Professional Seminar IV and include reflection on professional growth and the application of theory in practice.

Professional Seminar IV: Educational Leadership
EAD 694 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD693. The final seminar emphasizes linking practice and theory. Particular attention is paid to processing the issues and questions that arise during the practicum experience. Interpersonal aspects of leadership are revisited in the context of the field experience. Students discuss issues connected with obtaining a leadership position including resumes, the interview process and contracts. The ILP or action research paper is completed and presented to the members of the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

MEd  Certification
Program for certification by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area required.
Admission requirements: 
  • Bachelor's degree and other School of Education requirements for Education Leadership programs
  • Valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area.
  • Three consecutive years of employment as a teacher.
  • 3.0 GPA required to enter the program for certification; must be maintained throughout the program.
Program completion
To complete the program, candidates must have completed all the program entry requirements, practicum prerequisites, and the practicum, including the Independent Learning Project (ILP). All candidates for certification in Puerto Rico must present an electronic portfolio to the seminar leader.
 
MEd — Without Certification
If candidates do not want to obtain certification, they sign a document indicating that they understand that they will not be eligible to obtain certification after completing the degree. All program components are required even though certification by the Department of Education of Puerto Rico is not sought, except the practicum, which will be replaced by the Independent Learning Program course (EAD800).

FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION see School Requirements link below.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits for Licensure:
    32
  • Credits:
    30
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $554
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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