George Fox University is committed to providing a program that has as its goal: "preparing competent and ethical leaders to meet the personnel needs of schools in Oregon." This can be best accomplished by partnering with public and private schools to identify and develop leaders who have an equal commitment to developing these skills with faith, vision, and love as their foundation.
Schools in the 21st century require new ways of thinking. Leaders will need to help create a vision of the kind of culture and program needed to develop support from all stakeholders to progress toward that shared vision.
George Fox University's Oregon administrative licensure program supports this style of leadership by focusing the curricula on the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century. It is designed to prepare an educator to be a change agent - one who understands current school practices and then works within the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context to facilitate new ways of helping all students become productive citizens and supporting all teachers to become leaders within schools.
The George Fox Administrative Licensure Programs emphasize the TSPC standards for demonstrating district-level competency in the following content knowledge, skills and dispositions:
- Visionary leadership. Candidate develops, articulates, implements, and stewards a vision by promoting community involvement.
- Instructional improvement. Candidate promotes a positive culture and provides effective instructional programs using best practice to design comprehensive professional growth plans.
- Effective management. Candidate manages the organization, operations, and resources of the school or district.
- Inclusive practice. Candidate collaborates with families, responds to interests/needs, and mobilizes community resources.
- Ethical leadership. Candidate acts fairly, ethically and with integrity.
- Socio-political context. Candidate understands, influences and responds to the larger context.
- Practicum experience. The practicum provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in Standards 1-6 through: 1) substantial, 2) sustained, 3) standards-based work, 4) in real settings, 5) planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel, 6) for graduate credit.
At the completion of the administrative licensure course work and practicum experiences, candidates will meet the following criteria:
- Understand the developmental needs of students at all authorization levels
- Be able to conduct and use research as a tool for improving a learning organization
- Understand the goals of the Oregon Content Standards and how to use them as a guide in assessing your own school's goals and evaluating progress
- Be prepared to lead teachers in helping students meet the standards and in continuing their professional development