Principal Licensure: School Turnaround Leadership Program

This program is delivered by the CU Denver School of Education & Human Development in Lone Tree.

The Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies program is designed for aspiring principals or teachers interested in becoming outstanding leaders in their schools and districts. This master’s degree and principal licensure pathway places high emphasis on the school turnaround concept. Participants will discover best leadership practices in K-12 schools for:

· Nurturing relationships
· Setting high expectations
· Utilizing pedagogical practices that help diverse, lower-income youth succeed
· Rewarding learning opportunities
· Encouraging family participation

James Christensen, EdD, lead faculty member for this program, describes the uniqueness of this learning opportunity stating that it will “take superheroes in the classroom and prepare them to become transformational leaders of teachers and staff.” The CU South Denver cohort principal licensure program embeds all types of schools from turnaround to high performing systems with course concentration areas aligned to current state and national standards.

The foundation of the school turnaround curriculum is derived from the text Closing the Achievement Gap authored by Belinda Williams. Accompanying literature will include The Continuing Challenges of Excellence and Equity by JoAnn B. Manning and John A. Kovach and Turnaround Teachers and Schools by Bonnie Benard and more.

The hands-on, collaborative program combines in-person instruction, online work and integrated clinical experience. Working education professionals complete the licensure requirements in four semesters and then have the opportunity to continue for a graduate degree with just three additional courses.

Learn from instructional teams comprised of experienced district leaders, mentors and CU Denver faculty. Experience actual work tasks facing today’s principals. Explore leadership strategies and personal leadership repertoires that incorporate important theories and real-world contexts.

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching and mental health. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and lifelong impacts on people, communities and the world.

Early registration is encouraged. Application deadline is April 15. We encourage applications from individuals who have at least three years of experience as a licensed teacher or special services provider. We will start taking applications in March 2018.

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