Characteristics of the Program
The program allows the self-directed learner to participate in a dynamic-action agenda devoted to service. The program’s strengths are evident in several ways:
The Leadership program is learner-driven.
The participant works with an advisor and develops a plan of study with course work and directed activities to fit his/her needs. An extraordinary amount of personal ownership by the participant is critical for satisfactory completion of the program.
The Leadership program is life-embedded. Participants are encouraged to use their work and life experience as the basic context to demonstrate the Leadership competencies.
The Leadership program is competency-based.
Although not listing a prescribed set of courses, the program is designed around a set of competencies, including both skill and knowledge-based areas necessary to demonstrate competence.
The Leadership program builds a learning community. The participants cooperate in regional learning groups and learn through various media.
The Leadership program is flexible.
The flexibility allows the educational needs, career goals, and past experience of the participant to play an important part in the development of an individualized plan of study and development.
The Leadership program builds important bonds among its participants. The participants become partners in learning, both with faculty members and other participants. This process is enhanced by involvement in orientation activities, seminars, learning groups, and through continued contact and discussion via the Internet, and other forms of telecommunication.
Throughout the course of study, individual achievement is evaluated on the basis of demonstrated competencies.
- The program is completed when the participant has demonstrated achievement of at least 15 competencies.
Demonstration of achievements is documented in a portfolio that is assembled throughout the program. The portfolio is presented for validation to a faculty team at the end of the program.
For the MA and EdS degrees, a research project is completed and approved.
For the EdD and PhD degrees, a doctoral dissertation must be completed, defended, and approved.