Educational administrators serve in many capacities. No matter what position an administrator holds within an educational organization, all efforts should be directed at supporting equitable academic opportunity and achievement for all students. The courses EDAD program are designed to prepare leaders for this important work. Emphasis is placed on (1) examining the role of a school leader, with heavy emphasis on instructional leadership (2) using data to solve problems of practice, (3) leading school improvement to create more equitable schools, (4) managing and guiding change, and (5) working collaboratively with diverse families and communities. The program's primary mission is to educate candidates who will assume leadership positions in diverse, urban, TK-12 schools and districts.
The following EDAD program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are derived from the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs). By the end of the program, EDAD students will:
- Recognize and solve problems of practice using equity-driven leadership thinking
- Know how to facilitate the development and implementation of a shared vision of learning and growth for all students (CAPE 1)
- Understand how to shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning informed by professional standards and focused on student and professional growth. (CAPE 2)
- Use multiple sources of quantitative and qualitative data to make decisions that improve learning outcomes for all students.
- Know how to manage the organization, include resources and personnel, to cultivate a safe, productive, and equitable learning environment for all students. (CAPE 3)
- Know how to collaborate with families and other stakeholders to address diverse student and community interests and mobilize community resources. (CAPE 4)
- Understand how to make decisions, model, and behave in ways that demonstrate professionalism, ethics, integrity, justice, and equity and hold staff to the same standard. (CAPE 5)
- Understand how to influence political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts affecting education to improve education policies and practices. (CAPE 6)
Graduates of the EDAD program are prepared to serve as leaders within TK-12 educational organizations. Primarily, graduates meet credential requirements to serve as school administrators, (assistant principal, principal, district-level administrator positions such director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent) or teacher leaders such as teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) and academic coaches. In addition to meeting these credential requirements, graduates are equipped to be transformational leaders who make an impact in their organizations. We currently have program alumni serving in many administrative capacities in the southern California region.