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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Leadership, Ethics & Change - Online

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  • Course description
    The Leadership, Ethics & Change Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a 15-credit online program for professional educators who are pursuing school administrator positions. The certificate program includes a 15-week internship experience.

    The Leadership, Ethics & Change certificate program focuses on providing a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices. Participants address the current state of the educational system and progress into educational change, and school reform. The responsibilities and ethics involved with educational leadership are explored. The relationship between school, administrators, and the community is examined. Special focus is paid to the skills needed to instruct, inspire and lead fellow teachers and administrators. Team building, decision-making, and motivational techniques are also discussed.

    The goals of the CAGS program are to prepare students to:
    • Administer schools in a humanistic, caring manner.
    • Instill a sense of responsibility and ethical decision-making.
    • Meet the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) to enable school educators to obtain administrative certification nationwide. The six ISLLC standards state that a school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by:
    1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
    2. Advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
    3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
    4. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.
    5. Acting with integrity and in an ethical manner.
    6. Understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

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