The graduate education program wants to attract experienced and dedicated classroom teachers who wish to become educational leaders. While it is expected that graduates of the graduate education program will be highly valued by their school districts and communities, the program is not designed to help classroom teachers become school administrators or to prepare teachers for roles outside their classrooms. The program respects and values classroom teachers; through it, we hope to empower these valued professionals and enable them to take the lead in making important educational decisions.
National reports indicate that our society wants classroom teachers to become more involved in the leadership and management of schools and of their profession. Teachers are willing to accept these new responsibilities; they are willing to take the lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating the educational programs needed in our nation's schools. But good intentions are not enough. The graduate education program is designed to help teachers gain the knowledge necessary and develop the skills required to function as leaders.