State Board of Education OK’s Keller principal program
Springfield – Keller Graduate School of Management plans to offer an innovative, non-traditional program leading to certification for school principals, following approval today by the State Board of Education.
of the Keller program will have the cutting-edge knowledge
and skills they will need to lead today’s ever-more complex
schools,” praised State Superintendent Glenn W. McGee. The
Board anticipates that this program may help address the growing
shortage of school principals in Illinois.
from Chicago Public Schools, the surrounding suburbs, and representatives
from the Illinois Principals Association collaborated with
Keller in the program design.
will earn an MBA and qualify for an administrative certificate
with a principal’s endorsement by completing 64 quarter-hours
of graduate credit.
capstone course for exit from the program requires candidates
to complete a comprehensive project integrating the knowledge
and skills garnered through the program. Candidates
must also complete a supervised internship in a school.
“This program is a unique blend of educational leadership theory and management theory and practice, and it encompasses the Illinois School Leader Standards,” said Dr. Tim Ricordati, Vice President and Dean of Keller Graduate School of Management. Keller plans to start the program in September, Ricordati added.