ERIC Number: EJ853235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 7
Educational Leadership Programs Lag behind Other College of Education Programs in Adopting Distance Education Strategies
McFadden, Cheryl C.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v1 n2 p3-5 Sum 2004
Distance education might be a viable alternative to preparing principal candidates amid a national shortage of qualified applicants. Distance education has the potential of preparing more candidates in less time than the traditional method of face-to-face instruction. Distance education allows institutions to reach candidates in rural areas that otherwise may not have pursued this career path. The emergent need to have a pool of qualified candidates for the principalship is a growing national concern. Forty percent of the nation's 93,000 principals are expected to retire within the next five years. Districts across the country are already feeling the burden of finding qualified candidates. In a recent study, 70 superintendents were surveyed across the United States and 40 percent agreed that hiring qualified principals was a challenge. Distance education might be a solution or at least provide principal preparation programs with an alternative system of delivery. This study examines the use of distance education strategies in principal preparation programs across the country. This study was limited to institutions whose preparation programs have completed the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation process and have gained "National Recognition" by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) for one or more of their administrator training programs. Representatives of ELCC approved programs were contacted to determine the level of participation in distance education. The author concludes that distance education, online and mixed delivery might be a viable solution to increasing the number of qualified candidates for the principalship, but as long as faculty are unwilling to engage in these alternative systems of delivery, these educational leadership programs will continue to lag behind other college of education programs in adopting distance education strategies.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Management Development, Adoption (Ideas), Mail Surveys, Deans, Leadership Training, Administrator Education, Administrator Attitudes, Delivery Systems, Intermode Differences, Educational Administration, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States