Suggested Course-Related Field Experiences
Principal Certification Program
These examples of possible field experiences, practicum, problem based tasks, and hands-on skill building assignment are offered to reinforce the belief that learning is enhanced when theory and practice are linked. This list is not intended to be complete. Professors/instructors are encouraged to identify other experiences appropriate to content area and course of study.
EAD 810: Community and Staff Relations
- Develop a news release on a topic of general educational interest to be disseminated to the news media.
- Prepare a presentation on an appropriate educational topic for delivery to community groups.
- Prepare an orientation program for parents of new students.
- Identify potential community resources for school staff.
- Plan and organize one social activity or event for faculty.
EAD 826: Curriculum and Instruction
- Participate in a textbook selection committee.
- Participate in planned course study review and revision.
- Write a policy for pupil field trips.
- Complete a study of drop-outs in cooperation with guidance counselors.
- Complete a study of failures by subject for a three-year period.
- Review State curriculum regulations and assist principal in identifying local needs.
EAD 830: Principles of Educational Leadership
- Assess the process and guidelines for managing school fund raisers and other student activities (gate receipts, ticket sales, fees). Make other recommendations as needed.
- Assist the principal in the collection of data or information needed in the preparation of the district’s annual budget.
- Participate in the development of strategic or improvement plans.
- Participate in program evaluation activities.
- Analyze an existing policy manual and identify needed revisions.
- Shadow a principal for an entire day and complete a report of activities including a personal reflection.
- Review job descriptions for coaches and activity sponsors and recommend revisions as needed.
EAD 840: Supervision of Curriculum
- Plan a system of pre-conferences, peer observations, and post-conferences to improve instructional practices in
- In cooperation with members of your subject area department, conduct a needs assessment to facilitate planningof staff development activities.
- Identify and plan a staff development activity based on a needs assessment.
- Develop a handbook for substitute teachers.
EAD 850: School Law
- Review guidelines for administration of discipline for special students.
- Evaluate a student handbook and make recommendations to correct unlawful practices.
- Write a school law booklet identifying key court cases affecting education and the standards that wereestablished for today’s use.
EAD 860: Public School Finance and Economics
- As a member of a team, construct a school budget for the fictional Eastminster School District.
- Using the current budget of your employing school district, identify costs related to all personnel employed by the district.
- Using data from the personnel cost study, calculate average salaries and fringe benefits for each class of employee.
- Reviewing the current budget in your school district, calculate the total costs for selected school programs, e.g.,
athletics, music, mathematics, English, etc.
- Assist the building administrator in the collection and tabulating of data needed for budget planning.
- Complete an inventory of equipment, supplies, textbooks, and other instructional materials which will be useful
in identifying budgetary needs.
EAD 980: Internship in School Administration & Supervision
- An opportunity will be provided to learn about school administration by actually working with a school administrator. Seminars and individual conferences will be arranged during this experience
EAD 990: Internship Superintendent
This clinical experience is designed to facilitate the development of central office administrative skills. Emphasis will be upon school board-administrative relations, community and public relations, curriculum and instruction, financial management, staff personnel, and facilities. Seminars and individual conferences will be arranged for study and analysis of the learning activities.