ERIC Number: ED265001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
An Elementary Principal Preparation Program for American Indian Trainees. Final Report.
Lujan, Harry A.; And Others
Implemented by personnel in the Department of Educational Management at New Mexico State University, this program trained 32 American Indian teachers to become elementary school principals during 5 1-year cycles. Program candidates held bachelor's degrees from accredited universities, had taught 3 years at the elementary level, and demonstrated career commitment to administration of Indian elementary education. The curriculum included standard credits for the Master of Arts in Educational Administration and additional courses such as tribal-community relationship, cultural maintenance, fiscal responsibility, and faculty growth. Students completed an internship at schools with high Indian populations in six states. Surveys to measure employment status of program graduates and their perceptions of the quality of the program found 57% of the 18 respondents employed in administrative positions, 39% in education-related fields, and 4% employed in fields not related to education; 89% of respondents rated the program very good to excellent. Perceived program strengths included course selection and diversity, internship, program personnel, and peer group relationships. Program weaknesses included course content in Indian education, general education, and administration, and job placement services. A program recruitment brochure and a list of program participants, their tribal affiliation, internship site, and degree date are appended. (LFL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Bureau of Educational Research.