Learn more about WKU’s newly-redesigned principal preparation program

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned principal preparation program! WKU was one of seven universities from across the United States selected for a comprehensive program review and overhaul funded and supported through a major grant from the Wallace Foundation. The new program will feature a 30-hour, Rank 1/Level 1 certification, completion timeline of four semesters, embedded internship experiences, blended delivery model, and cohort format.

A series of face-to-face and virtual information sessions will be conducted in February and March for those interested in learning more, or who are interested in applying for admission to the first cohort of the new program, scheduled for launch in Fall 2019.

Upcoming information sessions are scheduled for:

February 19, 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern, Bowling Green, WKU South Campus, The Ward and Ann Elliott Board Room #110 or join us through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/880139012.

February 26, 3:30 pm Central/4:30 pm Eastern, Elizabethtown, Regional Postsecondary Center 131

March 12, 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern, Owensboro, Administrative Conference Room on the Owensboro campus. It is located in the WKU Administrative Office at 4821 New Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303.

Please contact program coordinator Dr. Stacy Leggett, stacy.leggett@wku.edu, for more information including directions on the information sessions or program admissions.

Jim Berger chosen for book on top adult educators

EALR Adult Education professor Dr. Jim Berger will be profiled in a forthcoming book on 25 “quintessential” adult educators. Dr. Berger was chosen by other adult educators for inclusion in North American Adult Educators: Phyllis M. Cunningham Archive of Quintessential Autobiographies for the Twenty-First Century. He will be one of 25 other educators featured in the volume, a second edition of an earlier volume of 50 such autobiographies published in 2007.

“Dr. Berger is internationally known for his teaching, research, and service in the field of adult education,” said EALR department chair Dr. Marguerita DeSander. “The editors and nominating committee who selected him for this honor recognize Jim’s great, career-long contribution to the discipline.”

The nomination process was constructed collaboratively by the North American Adult Educators second edition editors, Morehead State University’s office of Institutional Research and Analysis, and Discovery Association Publishing House; it was supported by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and distributed by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Listserv. 

Dr. Berger has previously been recognized for his service to the Commission of Adult Basic Education (COABE) as member of the organization’s board and journal editor. He has also received the President’s Appreciation Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

Last year WKU’s Master’s in Adult Education, which Dr. Berger coordinates, was recognized by the College Choice Awards as one of the nation’s best online, and most affordable adult educations programs in the United States.

Apply now for WKU’s Spring 2019 Principal Preparation Cohort!

Over the last two years more than 50 alumni of Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research have earned positions as assistant principals, principals, and other leadership roles in school and districts across Kentucky. If you are an aspiring school leader, or know someone who should consider that career path, now is the time to join the illustrious group of professionals who have earned their administrative credentials at WKU.

The principal program at WKU is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. Contact Dr. Stacy Leggett, admissions coordinator, at stacy.leggett@wku.edu, to receive an application and begin the process.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (3.0 gpa minimum), Kentucky teacher certification, and have at least three years of teaching experience.

The program is 30 credit hours and leads to initial, Level I principal certification. The program can also be completed for Rank I credit. Applicants who work in Kentucky K-12 schools are eligible for a special tuition rate of $415 per credit hour, substantially less than the normal WKU graduate tuition rate.

Courses are taken with a cohort and delivered in a blended model of online and face-to-face components. Many courses are co-taught by WKU faculty and practicing administrators, and principal candidates are supported by a district-based mentor. The program places a heavy emphasis on the principal as both instructional leader and organizational manager. WKU’s principal program is currently undergoing a transformation through its participation in the Wallace Foundation University Principal Preparation Initiative grant, and cohort participants will receive the benefit of many of the curricular and structural changes unfolding as a result.

Please contact Dr. Leggett with questions or to apply: stacy.leggett@wku.edu. For priority consideration, please plan to submit application materials by November 30, 2018.

EALR welcomes new faculty member Dr. Lester Archer

Dr. Lester Archer, Assistant Professor

Dr. Lester Archer recently joined WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research as assistant professor. Dr. Archer will work primarily with the Educational Leadership Doctoral program teaching research courses and serving on dissertation committees.

Dr. Archer earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology from Louisiana State University in 2017, where he was recognized as Educational Researcher of the Year. He is a former mathematics teacher and school technology coordinator, having served at Media Technology and Social Research Academy, a Washington. D. C. charter school, and at Haverford School, an all-boys college preparatory academy in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Archer’s research interests focus on mathematics education. He is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

“I am not only thankful for the opportunity to join the department but also for the privilege of joining the WKU family,” Dr. Archer said. “I look forward to building strong working relationships within the EALR department that has a faculty with a dynamic and diverse research agenda.”

Welcome, Dr. Archer!

Adult Ed Master’s degree recognized as one the country’s best

WKU’s Master’s degree in Adult Education, which is housed in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research, was recently recognized in the annual College Choice rankings.  College Choice is a website that seeks to to provide online resources to help students find the best undergraduate and graduate programs based on their needs. Programs are rated on a combination of factors including quality, reputation, value, and student satisfaction. College Choice rated WKU’s program as 14th among Best Online Master’s Degrees in Adult Education/Learning and as #2 in the category of Most Affordable online programs in the same field, with an average program cost of about $11,000.

“We were honored by this recognition,” said Adult Education program coordinator Dr. Jim Berger. “Our students and program faculty have worked hard to make Adult Education at WKU high value at low cost.”

WKU’s Adult Education program serves students from a wide variety of fields, including business and industry, the military, community education, and other education-related careers. The fully online program, which can be completed in about one and a half years, offers specialization tracks in general adult education, higher education, community and technical college education, and training and development.

To learn more about the Adult Education Master’s degree at WKU, visit the program website or email Dr. Berger at jim.berger@wku.edu.

EALR alumni earn administrative posts for 2018

EALR alumnus Adam Hatcher, new principal of Greenwood High School

Summer means schools and districts are hiring new administrative positions, and as usual many alumni from WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research have been appointed as principal, assistant principal, and to other leadership positions. Appointments include the following, and will be updated as new hires are announced:

  • Adam Hatcher (Principal MAE, ’08), principal of Greenwood High School (Warren County Schools).
  • David Carmichael (Principal Rank I, ’16), principal of Todd County Middle School.
  • Jeremy Camron (Principal MAE, ’06), head teacher for the Owensboro Day Treatment Center.
  • Josh Basham (Principal Rank I, ’18), principal of Grayson County’s Alternative Education Center.
  • Josh Baldwin (Principal MAE, ’13), principal of Grayson County High School.
  • William Sims (Principal Certification, ’17), assistant principal of Southern Pulaski Middle School.
  • Kadi Ralston (Principal Certification, ’15), literacy grants coach and coordinator for the Christian County Schools.
  • Jaxon Grover (Principal MAE, ’09; DPP Rank I, ’16), principal of Franklin-Simpson Middle School.
  • Jimmy Felty (Principal Certification, ’17), principal of Morgantown Elementary School (Butler County Schools).
  • Updated, 7/12/18: Joni Britt (Principal Rank I, ’14), principal of North Bullitt High School.
  • Updated, 7/12/18: Christine Sherretz (Principal Certification, ’16), principal of Johnson Primary School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (U.S. Department of Defense).
  • Updated, 7/20/18: Jonathan Devore (Principal Certification ’17), assistant principal, Barren County Middle School.
  • Updated, 8/4/18: Kendra Bronsink (Principal Certification, ’17), District Literacy Coach, Daviess County Schools.
  • Updated, 8/6/18: Kristin Froedge (Supervisor of Instruction Certification, ’17), supervisor of instruction, Hart County Schools.
  • Updated, 8/6/18: Krista Thompson (Principal Certification, ’16), assistant principal, Sutton Elementary School, Owensboro Public Schools.
  • Updated, 8/7/18: Beth Blandford (Principal Certification, ’16), assistant principal, Foust Elementary School, Owensboro Public Schools.
  • Updated, 8/9/18: Jonathan Vaughn (Principal Rank I, ’16), dean of students, Warren East High School.
  • Updated, 8/15/18: Debbie Bradshaw (Prinicipal Certification, ’16), principal, Adair County Primary Center.

We will continue to update this post with additional hiring announcements as they become available. Please contact Dr. Gary Houchens (gary.houchens@wku.edu) if you are aware of alumni news and we will share on social media.

Houchens, Stewart, Jennings recognized in 2018 Emerald Literati Awards

Two EALR professors and a WKU doctoral student were recently recognized in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards. The awards, now in their 25th year, celebrate outstanding scholarship appearing in research journals issued by Emerald Publishing.

Professor Gary Houchens, Associate Professor Tom Stewart, and EALR alumna and doctoral student Sara Jennings wrote a 2017 article for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education entitled, “Enhancing Instructional Leadership Through Collaborative Coaching: A Multi-Case Study.” The editors of the journal selected this article as one of two Highly Commended Papers for 2018. Papers are selected according to several criteria including rigor, relevance, structure, quality of writing, and up-to-date contributions to literature in the topic area.

Earlier collaborations on leadership coaching for school principals featuring EALR and other College of Educational and Behavioral Sciences contributors appeared in Qualitative Research in Education in 2014 and are based on a framework Dr. Houchens first laid out in the Journal of Thought in 2009.

Congratulations to Drs. Houchens and Stewart and to doctoral candidate Sara Jennings!

EALR students receive scholarship, assistantship

Two students in WKU’s principal certification program have recently been recognized as recipients of a scholarship and assistantship, respectively.

Bryan Downing

Bryan Downing, assistant principal at South Warren Middle School and an Option 6 principal candidate, won the 2018 Kentucky Association of School Administrators Aspiring Administrator Scholarship. This competitive scholarship provides tuition for one summer class to an education administration student from each participating university. Students must be a member of KASA and demonstrate outstanding potential as a future school leader.

Melanie Weaver

WKU principal candidate Melanie Weaver, teacher at Doss High School in the Jefferson County Public Schools, was awarded the 2018 Tate C. Page Educational Leader Assistantship. This competitive program was named after and founded by the late WKU Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Tate C. Page, to support aspiring school leaders at WKU who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, character, and potential as they pursue their graduate education. Melanie will complete various leadership tasks for the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research in exchange for tuition support provided by the assistantship.

Congratulations to both Bryan and Melanie.

Apply now for WKU’s newly-revised principal preparation program Fall 2018 cohort

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is currently piloting a 30-hour, Rank 1 in the principal preparation program. A description of the program is below. WKU offers a discount on graduate tuition for P12 educators who live and work in Kentucky. For more information, please see https://www.wku.edu/ketd/. Currently, the Kentucky P12 Educator Discount tuition rate is $395 a credit hour. Our programs are also eligible for financial aid.

To learn more about the program please contact Dr. Stacy Leggett at stacy.leggett@wku.edu or Missy Pardue at melissa.pardue@wku.edu. If you are interested in applying, please apply to the Principal Level 1, Cert Only program. You will need to apply to the graduate school and the principal preparation program. Both applications are available at https://www.wku.edu/ealr/rank_1_application_process.php.

Course Requirements under the 30-hour, Rank 1, Pilot
Co-requisite courses (9 hours)
These courses may be taken before, during, of after 18 hours of core principal certification classes, but students may not apply for certification until all co-requisites are complete. They are usually offered at least once during summer term and at least once during the school year (either fall or spring). At times, we may offer a course during winter term if there is enough interest. These courses may be offered all online, or they may be offered in a blended format. It usually depends on the instructor.

  • EDAD 588 Allocation and Use of Resources
  • EDAD 677 Legal Issues for Professional Educators
  • EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership

Level I core courses (18 hours)
These courses must be taken sequentially, two courses each term (Fall, Spring, Fall or Spring, Fall, Spring). Fieldwork consistent with the role of the school principal is required in each course. The courses are offered in a cohort format and each course has two face-to-face meetings on Saturday. This gives you a total of 4 Saturdays each semester.

  • Semester 1: EDAD 640 Introduction to School Leadership/EDAD 641 Building Culture and Community
  • Semester 2: EDAD 642 Leveraging Community Systems & Resources/EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff
  • Semester 3: EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures & Operations/EDAD 645 Practicing the Principalship
  • Internship Course (3 hours)

You will complete one section of our six-hour internship requirement. You may complete the seminar or the actual internship experience as part of the pilot.

Please contact Dr. Leggett at the address listed above for more information or to apply. Also please join us on May 22 at 4 p.m. at The Bistro on College Street in Bowling Green for an after-hours event to learn more about the program and celebrate our graduates and alumni.

Join us for WKU’s Principal Prep After Hours Event

The Principal Preparation Program in WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research will host an after-hours event for program alumni and prospective students on Tuesday, May 22, from 4-6 p.m. Central time at The Bistro, 1129 College Street, Bowling Green, KY. Program graduates are encouraged to bring someone with them who might want to learn more about principal certification at WKU, including our new 30-hour pilot program leading to Rank I. See details below and email Dr. Stacy Leggett at stacy.legget@wku.edu to RSVP your attendance.