The School of Education has taken the approach of using the state accreditation process as an impetus for programmatic transformation. This strategy continues with the review of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Since submission of our transition documents we have engaged in a transformation of our program related to faculty, curriculum and fieldwork supervision.
In the past two academic years we have transformed the teaching faculty in the PASC program. Our transformation includes our recent hire of a new tenure track faculty member in Educational Administration, a new position for us. We have also transformed our adjunct faculty to include active, as opposed to end of career retired, individuals. Additionally, we have moved from an almost exclusively male, Caucasian faculty, to having multiple women and racially and ethnically diverse group of faculty.
Through a series of collaborative meetings over the past twelve months our faculty has done a major update of our PASC syllabi. These meetings were oriented around the updated standards, and reflected a new effort to bring together our fulltime faculty with adjunct faculty for sustained collaboration about administrator preparation.
Finally, we have restructured fieldwork administration. Previously, we integrated all fieldwork and its supervision into coursework and assigned course instructors. This was simply not sufficient for mentoring and oversight, both to adhere to CTC expectations or to truly ensure the substantive education of our students. We now have our restructured and expended Fieldwork, Advising and Credentialing Office work to provide administrative oversight in placement, supervisor assignment, and ongoing training.
Ultimately, the vision of the program is to move beyond just responding to administrative preparation standards and toward using those standards to truly prepare transformative administrative leaders. Our efforts toward this vision are in progress, but we have a significantly more aligned faculty, and emerging curricular updates that will truly transform the experiences of our students in preparation for administrative roles in schools.
Dr. Andrew Wall, Dean
Heather Lambeth Project Specialist