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Educational Leadership - Philosophy, Vision, Mission and Goals

Educational Leadership

Mission and Strategic Plan

As a graduate degree granting program in the Department of Education of the College of Education and Social Sciences and Graduate School of West Texas A&M University, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and a Texas educator preparation program approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, operating within the Texas Education Agency, to prepare and recommend candidates for state certification as principals and superintendents, the Educational Leadership program, which embraces the values, philosophy, vision, and mission of the University, College of Education and Social Sciences, and Department of Education:

Values:

  • academic and intellectual freedom
  • the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors
  • creativity and innovation
  • respect for the dignity of all individuals
  • cooperation and communication
  • community service and leadership
  • exceeding expectations of internal and external customers
  • continuous improvement
  • integrity
  • diversity

Believes:

  • Leadership is key to the success of any organization
  • Great leaders are visionary thinkers, skilled communicators, and ethical in all of their actions
  • As change agents skilled leaders willingly make the tough decisions required for the betterment of the organization
  • Astute leaders navigate the political dynamic with finesse to the benefit of the organizations they lead
  • Visionary leaders think globally, but with a keen understanding of the importance for detail

Envisions being recognized for its excellence in preparing leaders of education by engaging program candidates in challenging, meaningful, technology-rich academic and field experiences to build their intellectual and personal development, whereby in their pursuit of excellence in education, program alumni, as empowered leaders, will make powerful and lasting impacts in their communities; and

Declares as its mission to prepare, through meaningful and relevant course work and field experiences, confident, skilled, and reflective leaders of education who are critical creative thinkers, effective communicators, advocates for diverse learners, users of technology, life-long learners, and stewards of the profession.

Program Standards and Leadership Learner Outcomes

In alignment with the CAEP standards for advanced programs, the State Board for Educator Certification standards for Texas principals and superintendents, and the TExES competencies for principals and superintendents, has established as its program standards to develop educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all EC-12 students by:

  • Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community
  • Promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff
  • Managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  • Collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
  • Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner

The program standards are fulfilled through Leadership Learner Outcomes addressed in the coursework and field experiences required in the degree and certification options availed through the program as follow:

Leadership Learner Outcomes (LLO)

EDLD Program Courses

Upon completion of the program, WTAMU Educational Leadership candidates will be empowered to:

6303

6304*

6305

6306*

6311

6312

6330

6352

6353

6394

7313

7320

7322

LLO1

Shape campus/district culture by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the educational community.

 

 

 

 

 

LLO2

Communicate and collaborate with all members of the educational community, respond to diverse interests and needs, and mobilize resources to promote student success.

 

 

 

LLO3

Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical and legal manner.

LLO4

Facilitate the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning; ensure alignment of curriculum, instruction, resources, and assessment; and promote the use of varied assessments in accountability systems to measure student performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LLO5

Advocate, promote, and sustain an instructional program and an educational culture that is conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

 

 

 

 

LLO6

Implement a staff evaluation and development system to improve the performance of all staff members, select and implement appropriate models for supervision and staff development, and apply the legal requirements for personnel management.

 

 

 

 

LLO7

Apply organizational, decision-making, and problem solving skills to comply with federal and state requirements and facilitate positive change in varied contexts.

LLO8

Apply principles of effective leadership and management in relation to budgeting, personnel, resource utilization, financial management, and technology use.

 

 

 

 

LLO9

Apply principles of leadership and management to the physical plant and support systems to ensure a safe and effective educational environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LLO10

Respond to and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context, including working with the board of trustees, to achieve the district’s educational vision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*NOTE: EDLD 6304 & 6306 are included in both the principal and superintendent programs because of their importance and applicability to school leadership in practice.