Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Path to Leadership Alternative K-12 Administrator Certification
Program Information Guide
Who Needs Certification? What the Law States: If a person is employed as a school administrator before January 4, 2010, and he or she has completed the continuing education requirements, he or she is not required to hold administrator certification. If a person is employed as a school administrator after January 4, 2010, he or she must hold a valid school administrator certificate or be enrolled in a program leading to certification as a school administrator not later than six months after he or she begins employment. The person then has three years to complete certification requirements or he or she shall not continue to be employed as a school administrator. Affected Positions: • Superintendent • Assistant Superintendent • Principal • Assistant Principal These positions may require certification, depending on responsibilities:* • Early Education Services Director • Assistant Director of Early Education Services • Director of Technical and Education Center • Technology, Employment, and Community Services Director (Instructional technology) • Supervisor of Adult Education and Training Services • Supervisors/Directors of Special Education • Supervisor of the Math and Science Center • Great Start Readiness Program Administrator (Does not apply to GSRP classroom teachers) *This list is not all inclusive. The local district, public school academy, or intermediate school district must determine whether the position includes administering instructional programs.
Program Overview The Path to Leadership program is owned and operated by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Our goal is to provide candidates with an alternative route to earning a K-12 administrator certificate at an affordable cost and in a manageable time frame through a program developed by principals, for principals. The program’s high-quality coursework is built on the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals and the Michigan School Improvement Framework and presented in an online format that will include mentoring and the building of a professional portfolio. A pre-test for placement and an capstone assessment are administered by the internationally recognized and respected testing organization ETS. 1
Required Coursework Problem-based curriculum Modules provide a research and theoretical base for understanding leadership, schools as organizations and the role of the school leader in driving school change to improve student learning. The Modules that make up the Path to Leadership curriculum include: Module 1: Creating an Inclusive Culture and Environment for Learning Module 2: Visionary Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement Module 3: Elements and Evaluation of Highly Effective Instruction Module 4: Improving Instructional Programs and Learning for All Students Module 5: Creating a Safe and Orderly Environment for Student Learning Module 6: Principles of Public School Law Module 7: Facilitation of School Improvement Module 8: SLLA Test Preparation Field Experience (current administrators may be exempt from internship hours, depending on experience) The program’s eight Modules are facilitated in an online environment in collaboration with Michigan Virtual University (MVU). The 400-hour field experience (if applicable) is faceto-face and school-based. All instructors and mentors are respected members of the K-12 education field who hold certification and advanced degrees. All applications are individually evaluated and an IDP is created for each candidate. Previous graduate-level and above coursework, provided portfolio samples and exemplary ELAS test results are taken into consideration for possible exemption from Modules.
Program Fees • Application: $500 (non-refundable fee required in order to submit application materials) • ETS Annual Registration Fee: $50 (paid through ETS: ets.org/praxis/mi) • ELAS Exam: $115 (registered for and paid through ETS: ets.org/praxis/mi) • Modules: $725 per module (including 36 SCECHs per module) • SLLA Exam: $425 (registered for and paid through ETS: ets.org/praxis/mi)
Maximum Program Cost: $7,615
(Includes Application; Modules 1-8; Field experience; and ETS testing and fees. Textbooks may be required but are not included.)
Candidate Prerequisites All program candidates will have served in positions of leadership (classroom teachers are considered to have held such positions) and hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, but are not currently meeting certification requirements. All candidates must complete a program application in addition to submitting college transcripts; a current resume and related leadership and professional experience; ELAS test score; and portfolio documentation. All program candidates receive an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to assist with his/her personal growth along with meeting program objectives. As part of program completion, all candidates participate in a Module designed to assist with successful completion of the program’s capstone assessment, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). For additional prerequisite information, please refer to the step-by-step directions on page 8 Program Guide. In addition, individual Module descriptions may be found on page 5 and 6 of this Program Guide.
Timeline All candidates must pay the non-refundable application fee and submit all required materials by the date specified as required for each Cohort. MASSP begins a new Cohort every 6-8 weeks, which equates to approximately six Cohorts per calendar year. Information on each subsequent Cohort is posted after the previous deadline has passed. For a copy of the current Cohort calendar, applicable due dates and other information, please visit pathtoleadership.org. The Path to Leadership program’s coursework takes one year to complete. All candidates are expected to participate in the program as part of a Cohort. • Modules #1-7 are six weeks in length with a one week break between each. • Module #8 begins concurrently with Module #6 and continues for 10 weeks (it also coincides with a portion of Module #7.) • The field experience is schoolbased and varies in length as it is an individualized process set-up through the Path to Leadership office. Application materials MUST be submitted through the Path to Leadership program’s online learning platform at plp.mivu.org (paper and e-mail submissions are NOT accepted). 3 For more information on how to apply, please see pages 8 and 9.
Candidate Acceptance Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance. The Path to Leadership program accepts up to twenty-five qualified participants on a first-come, first-serve basis prior to each Cohort deadline. All application submissions are monitored and include time and date stamps. MASSP reserves the right to deny or defer any program applicants due to qualifications or space. Candidates who are accepted to the program will be notified via e-mail once the Cohort has reached capacity or the application deadline has passed. Candidates who are accepted to the program are required to attend the mandatory orientation session for the specific Cohort they applied to. This information can be found on the Cohort calendar.
Required Assessments Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Exam (ELAS) The Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (ELAS) exam is used as a pretest for the Path to Leadership program. There is no cut score and candidates are asked not to study for the exam. The exam is used to show us where your knowledge is as an individual and also as a cohort. The exam sections are cross-walked with Michiganâ€™s State Standards and our Modules. They also align to the Path to Leadership programâ€™s post-test (SLLA). Doing well on a section(s) of the exam alone will not waive you from completing Modules. All candidates are required to take the ELAS exam prior to beginning Module work in the program. To register for the ELAS exam, log-on to: ets.org/praxis/mi. Then create a user name and password and complete the registration requirements. Next, choose your testing date, location and pay the exam fee. Participants must choose to release test scores to MASSP by using the recipient code: 1462 when registering for the exam. School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) The SLLA is used as a post-test for the Path to Leadership program. The exam has an established statewide cut score of 163. While the test is not yet a requirement across the state of Michigan, it provides validity for this program, multi-state reciprocity and serves as a way to benchmark program participants. All candidates are required to take the SLLA as a capstone to the program and must choose to release test scores to MASSP by using the recipient code: 1462 when registering for the exam.
Module Withdrawal/Repeat Policy Module Withdrawal Participants are permitted to withdraw from a module by making direct contact with the program director. The following protocol will apply: • A request made to withdraw from a module prior to the first week of the module will be granted without penalty one time only during a participant’s PTL journey. The participant can request to be re-enrolled in a subsequent cohort when an opening is available. • If the one-time withdrawal without penalty has already been exercised, the following protocol will apply: • Request to withdrawal no later than the second week of a module will result in a re-enrollment fee of $200 • Request to withdrawal after the second full week of a module will result in a re-enrollment fee of $500. Module Repeat Participants must complete their IDP as outlined by the program director. If a participant does not pass a required module, the following protocol will apply: • If a participant engages in the module but doesn’t earn a “passing” grade that participant can repeat the module by paying a $200 re-enrolment fee. • Failing a module due to a lack of participation or communication with the instructor will result in the participant paying the full $725 charge, to repeat the module.
Questions/Need Help? Many candidate questions and concerns can be addressed with the information in this Program Guide and/or by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website at pathtoleadership.org/FAQ. If you have additional questions, please contact Tammy Jackson in the MASSP Path to Leadership office using the information below. For technical issues related to the online learning platform, please contact MVU directly at (888) 889-2840.
Path to Leadership Office E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (231) 335-PATH 
Module Descriptions See page 3 for the program timeline. Match the colored box next to each module description below with the same color on the applicable Cohort calendar. Creating an Inclusive Culture and Environment for Learning Key objectives of this Module include: reinforcing the candidateâ€˜s understanding of organizational development and the role of school culture and climate in the continuous improvement of schools, teaching, and learning for all students with particular emphasis on strategies for effectively addressing diversity. Diversity is explored as the range of groups represented by staff, students, families, and the community, which includes, but is not limited to, race/ethnicity, culture, language, gender, and sexual orientation. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of collaboration with families, community members, and mobilizing community resources. Visionary Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement Key objectives for this Module include: Providing a research and theoretical base for understanding leadership, schools as organizations, and the role of the school leader in driving school change to improve student learning. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of organizational theory and development as they apply to schools, particularly focusing on the concepts of organizational change and building a productive school culture and capacity for continuous improvement. Administrator integrity, fairness and ethical behavior in decision-making and communications will also be discussed. Elements and Evaluation of Highly Effective Instruction Key objectives of this Module include: Exploration of state and legal issues related to staff supervision and evaluation, and their implications for the supervisorâ€˜s role and the school leaderâ€˜s role as instructional leaders. Within this context, various models for instructional staff supervision and evaluation are investigated, including those for teachers, student support personnel, and co-/extra-curricular staff. The state-approved teacher evaluation documents and effective implementation will be the focus. Improving Instructional Programs and Learning for All Students Key objectives of this module include: A review of current research on effective standards-based methodologies, curriculum, and instructional practices with a particular focus on understanding the expectations of the Common Core and its implications for teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed on the expectation that all students will achieve state standards regardless of diverse needs. Strategies are investigated for guiding instructional staff to improve programs, instruction, student support services, and student learning. 6
Module Descriptions Continued Creating a Safe and Orderly Environment for Student Learning Key objectives of this Module include: Building an understanding of the societal issues that impact student safety and well-being, socio-emotional development and academic learning, and the importance of safe and orderly school environments that are conducive to learning for all students. Emphasis is placed on proactive researchbased school-wide approaches and classroom practices for developing a safe, caring, and productive learning community that embraces diversity of staff, students, and community. Topics addressed include: State and federal laws; classroom management and school-wide curriculum approaches; social-emotional learning; staff, family, and community involvement; and human relations and conflict resolution. Specific attention is directed at safety/security, bullying/harassment, violence prevention, and crisis planning and intervention. Principles of Public School Law Key objectives of this Module include: The principles of basic school law, with a particular emphasis on the legal structure of Michigan public education and statutes related to the administration of school laws. Specific attention is paid to laws related to the educational environment, student rights and responsibilities, school safety/ operations management and management of school finances, personnel, and negotiated agreements. Attention will be given to the importance of policy making, state/federal regulations and student advocacy. Facilitation of School Improvement Key objectives of this Module include: The evaluation of strategies, programs and initiatives to accelerate achievement and close student achievement gaps through the school improvement process. This module will provide guidance on required MDE and AdvancedEd school improvement reporting along with practical activities and information to facilitate collaboration with staff and key stakeholders in the SIP process. In addition, the module will explore the efficient use of human, fiscal and technological resources to mange school operations. SLLA Test Prep The key objective of this Module is to assist candidates with mastery of the standards being measured on the interstate School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam. This 10-week Module begins concurrently with Module 6 and continue through the majority of Module 7. School-Based Field Experience The School-Based field experience provides significant opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice to develop the skills identified in the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in the school setting. 7
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Path to Leadership
Application directions Candidates seeking to enroll in the MASSP Path to Leadership program should utilize the following steps to ensure that all applications materials are properly completed and submitted. 1. Navigate to ets.org and create a user name and password. Register to take the ELAS exam (test number 5411) no later than the day of the required program orientation session. Be sure to release ELAS test results to MASSP by using the recipient code 1462 2. Create a user name and password in MVU’s Professional Learning Portal (plp.mivu.org) using the directions on page 8. 3. Access the Application module in the Professional Learning Portal: A) Download and complete the Path to Leadership application. The application must be typed (no handwritten copies accepted) and submitted in the Professional Learning Portal as a PDF file by the required application deadline. (Tip: Type directly in the application, print a hard copy, sign it and then scan as a PDF to upload.) B) Upload copies of transcripts to the Professional Learning Portal as PDF files by the required application deadline. Please ensure that copies are legible. C) Order official transcripts from each college/university sent to MASSP, attn: Tammy Jackson, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 100, Lansing, MI 48917 or via direct e-mail from the institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. D) Upload a current resume in PDF format and copy of job description/duties, if possible, by the required application deadline. Please note, it is important that this information is updated and current. 4. If you believe that you have experience or formal training that may result in you being excused from a PTL Module you must complete the “Electronic Portfolio” found in the application course. The portfolio is set-up by module and contains the state standards assigned to that module. You can refer to the State Standards document found in the application course for examples of knowledge and/or performances linked to each standard. Only fill out the portfolio for Modules you are asking to be excused from. 5. Plan to attend the mandatory program orientation session as listed on the Cohort Calendar. The face-to-face session is held at the MASSP office in Lansing. 6. Each applicant will be contacted via e-mail after the application deadline has expired and notified of acceptance, deferment or rejection. 9
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