In 2001 the North Carolina Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction began to look at the skills and abilities needed by public school children to be successful citizens and workers in an emerging global economy and the skills needed by educators as well. Since that time, a new set of standards for 21st century learners has evolved and been adopted by the state of North Carolina. All institutions of higher education who offer this program have been mandated to have their course work reflect the newly approved 21st century standards. Wingate established its Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership program in 2006 and its revised program was approved by the NCDPI in October 2010. Points of emphasis (evidences) in the revised program are defined as the following six evidences: positive impact on student learning; teacher empowerment and leadership; community involvement and engagement; organizational management; school culture and safety; school improvement. These evidences are integrated into the coursework requirements and are manifested throughout the course of study. In addition, the old program portfolio has bee replaced with a Standards-Based Project that reflects understanding of the new Executive Leader Standards. This program qualifies one to earn a North Carolina Class “M” license as a K -12 school principal.
Program Webpage Link: http://www.wingate.edu/matthews/grad-ed/programs