QSI Graduate Studies: Leadership Cohort
The purpose of the School Leadership Program is to provide the graduate coursework and support that will lead to state-issued leadership credentials. With these credentials, graduates of the program will possess both the theoretical foundation and proper licensing to pursue leadership positions at schools anywhere, including within QSI and outside of QSI. Please note that taking leadership courses and/or receiving administrative credentials does NOT guarantee employment as an administrator (within QSI or elsewhere.)
Partnership with SUNY Buffalo State
Graduate level courses are offered in partnership with State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo). SUNY Buffalo is the largest public university system in the United States and is fully accredited through Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE.) Any entity that recognizes accredited universities will recognize SUNY Buffalo. Students who take courses through QSI Graduate Studies must enroll in SUNY Buffalo, and all transcripts and other official records are provided by SUNY Buffalo. Officials at SUNY Buffalo approve our instructors and each syllabus for each class.
Instructors for these courses include experienced, qualified professors from SUNY Buffalo and experienced, qualified instructors in administrative positions in QSI.
To enhance the educational experience of our students, the School Leadership Program implements a cohort model. This means that the same group of students start and finish a program together. Using a cohort model enriches classroom dialogue and provides the opportunity for friendships and camaraderie that last years after completion of the program. Although students may start and stop the program as they wish, belonging to a cohort provides a healthy amount of pressure not only to finish the program but to finish on-time with the cohort.
Although there are many credentialing agencies in existence, including each of the 50 states in the United States and credentialing agencies outside the United States, QSI Graduate Studies researched and chose one particular agency, which is Maine’s Department of Education. This agency was chosen for its flexibility with regard to out-of-state applicants. Undoubtedly, there are many other states and agencies that may be used by a student, and any student can seek credentials from wherever he/she chooses. Although the Grad Studies program will provide advice and counseling to anyone enrolled in the program, Maine’s credentialing procedures are most familiar. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the individual to obtain credentials. Neither QSI Grad Studies nor SUNY Buffalo can grant or guarantee credentials. Only the credentialing agency can provide credentials.
Please review and maintain familiarity with Maine’s administrative certification requirements or other certifying agency of your choice.
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Path to Leadership Credentials
Path to Building Administrator Certificate (040 – Maine DoE) & Assistant Building Administrator Certificate (045 – Maine DoE) — Both certificates require a Bachelor’s degree, 3 years of teaching experience, and a criminal record check. There are three other courses required: Federal & Maine Civil Rights and Education Laws, Special Education Law, and Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom (SUNY Buffalo’s EDU 577.) All three of these courses can be taken through QSI Graduate Studies or alternatively through Maine Educators Consortium. Building Administrator also requires a Master’s degree. Typically, all leadership courses are offered online (even summer courses.)
Step 2: 1st course: EDL 631: Supervision of Teaching
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Supervision and evaluation of personnel
Step 3: 2nd course: EDL 704: Seminar in Educational Change
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Organizational theory and planning
***At this point, students seeking Certificate 045 have the leadership coursework needed to apply for the one year conditional Assistant Building Administrator Certificate. A three credit course in Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom is required as well (QSI Grad Studies EDU 577 or other course.) The conditional certificate will be issued with proof of employment as an administrator.***
Step 4: 3rd course: EDU 596: Federal and Maine Civil Rights and Education Laws
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Federal and Maine Civil Rights and Education Laws
Step 5: 4th course: EDU 596: Special Education Law
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Special education law
***At this point, students seeking 045 Assistant Building Administrator have the coursework needed to receive the 5 year 045 certificate.***
Step 6: 5th course: EDL 607: Site-Based Leadership
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Educational leadership
Step 7: 6th course: EDL 630: Curriculum Leadership
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Curriculum development
Step 8: 7th course: EDL 606: School-community relations (to be revised)
- Corresponds to Maine DoE requirement: Community relations
***At this point, students seeking Certificate 040 have the coursework needed to apply for the one year Building Administrator Certificate***
***Also at this point, students seeking a Master’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies would need to complete one additional course with QSI Grad Studies (EDU 577 or another course) plus two research / thesis courses with SUNY (SPF 689 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research and EDU 690 Master’s Project) for a total of 30 graduate credits***
Please note that taking leadership courses and/or receiving administrative credentials does NOT guarantee employment as an administrator (within QSI or elsewhere.)