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ERIC Number: EJ831303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Essential Elements and Emergent Issues for Alternative Principal Licensing: Recommendations for Policy Design and Implementation
Hickey-Gramke, Michelle M.; Whaley, David C.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v4 n3 p20-25 Fall 2007
Given today's high stakes accountability for student success and the responsibility for ensuring a faculty of highly qualified teachers, the role of school administrator is significantly more demanding and complex than in the past. In these challenging times, the issue of administrator shortages in school districts has intensified. Trend data reveal that the nation is facing a crisis level administrator shortage. The need to provide highly qualified administrators during a time of shortage has given impetus to the creation of alternative principal licensing programs. Alternative licensing programs provide an opportunity for individuals to begin the principalship without formal administrative preparation. During the alternative licensing training period, individuals participating in such programs can earn salaries and obtain the same rights and responsibilities of traditionally trained principals. With the increasing attention given to alternative principal preparation, this study examines issues identified by superintendents and principals regarding alternative principal licensing policy. This investigation pursues three lines of inquiry: (1) a nationwide examination of state policies related to alternative principal licensing; (2) an analysis by education leaders on the critical elements gleaned from this nationwide study; and (3) based on the data collected, a study of perceptions of superintendents and principals on alternative certification policies. Ultimately a series of recommendations, sorted into eight general categories, are generated providing school districts and state licensing agencies with a foundation to create or modify their respective alternative principal licensing programs. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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