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School of Education to launch online Leadership in School Reform degree program

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 11, 2013 – Union University’s School of Education will soon launch a fully online degree program designed to help educational leaders advance their professional development.

Beginning in January 2014, the Leadership in School Reform program will combine the study of school policy, child development, learning and teaching to instill a vision for educational leadership within a context of school reform.

“At Union and in the School of Education, we want to insert ourselves into the school reform culture at the highest levels of professional learning, training transformational leaders to make a difference in their classrooms and schools,” said Thomas Rosebrough, a university education professor and the executive dean of the College of Education and Human Studies. “For example, two of the new courses are titled ‘The Changing Superintendency’ and ‘Teacher Leadership.’ Our new online program will serve changing needs.”

The School of Education currently offers training for aspiring school administrators who are seeking instructional leadership licensure, said Ben Phillips, an associate professor of educational leadership and the director of the Education Specialist and Doctor of Education programs. The Leadership in School Reform program, however, is designed for professionals who already have a school leadership license or possess school leadership training or experience. The new program also is offered as both an Education Specialist degree and a Doctor of Education degree.

“The Leadership in School Reform program fulfills a previously unmet need in a broader scope of education degrees,” Phillips said. “We really feel like we’re offering something that’s innovative and unique.”

Registration for the Leadership in School Reform program is open for a limited time. To learn more about the program and application process, contact Marcia Joyner at mjoyner@uu.edu.

By Beth Knoll

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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