Superintendents from throughout the county addressed 38 teachers March 5 as part of the graduation ceremony for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.
The rigorous credential program include coursework, integrated online learning, field experience, and action research over a 16-month period. It was designed for teachers looking to move into a school leadership role, primarily as a school principal, by providing them with an interrelated, cohesive set of developmental learning experiences.
This is an exciting time to be in education said graduation keynote speaker, Vista Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Devin Vodicka, to the 38 program graduates.
The program graduation also included a tour of the graduates work and a question and answer session with superintendents, including Dr. Duane Coleman (Oceanside Unified School District), Dr. Johnathan Dean (O'Farrell Charter School), Dr. Suzette Lovely (Carlsbad Unified School District), Dr. Cathy A Pierce (Santee School District) and Dr. Vodicka.
"I am excited about our graduates and the impact they are all poised to make in our county," said Guido Magliato, principal-in-residence for SDCOE's Learning and Leadership Services and coordinator of the program. "They are completing a rigorous program informed by local superintendents to meet the leadership needs in our districts, and we can't wait to see them lead schools where high levels of student achievement prevail."
The program makes a significant contribution to the San Diego region by preparing future school leaders and educational administrators to become "leaders of learning" who are capable of attaining the level of effectiveness needed to produce high performing schools.
"Administrative Credential program was a wonderful experience. This was a robust program with a strong focus on instruction and increasing student learning," said graduate Tracey Makings, instructional coach for SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools. "In addition, I was able to develop a great networking relationship with district leaders across the county."