The College of Education at the University of South Alabama will serve as a model for other universities in the state to meet new standards and improve student achievement.
In 2006, the Alabama Department of Education required that educational leadership programs at all state universities be redesigned by 2008. USA was the first to complete and meet the state requirements for the new Instructional Leaders for Alabama Schools program creating new standards for aspiring school principals.
USA College of Education Dean Dr. Richard L. Hayes, said that through USA’s Instructional Leaders for Alabama Schools program, a collaboration of public schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties has been established.
“Through the visionary collaboration among talented leadership faculty and committed educational partners in Mobile and Baldwin counties, USA has established itself at the forefront of state wide efforts to reform the preparation of instructional leaders for Alabama,” Hayes said.
This field-based residency program will prepare aspiring school principals in a cohort group, where they will study together throughout the two-year master’s degree program. Highly qualified school principals will serve as mentors for the aspiring school leaders.
“We are pleased that USA’s program has been approved and ready to make a difference in training school leaders for the 21st century,” said Dr. Agnes Smith, associate professor of leadership and teacher education in USA’s College of Education. “We have worked diligently together to build a better program.”
I’m excited and honored to be a part of the first class of the Instruction Leaders for Alabama Schools Program,” said Graduate Student Tim Hale.
USA’s College of Education accepted its first 22-member class in January. USA, along with Auburn University and Samford University, will serve as a field test site in the state for the new Instructional Leaders for Alabama Schools program.