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and embracing change means allowing one to grow and improve. As an educator, change is necessary in a way that this advances the skills and knowledge of a teacher. Thus, I wanted a change for the better in my life that I entered the Masters in School Administration Program. This program is basically a principal training program that prepares a person to learn and know the tenets of being a better principle and a school administrator. Despite having earned already a Masters Degree in Education from Wingate University, I feel that this is not enough to prepare me for the rigors of a school leader, administrator and principal.
The program is a two-year endeavor and when I initially started, the course was not offered then at Wingate University. Hence, I started the program at another educational institution. Eventually, Wingate University opened up the program and I decided to transfer because it was more convenient and required less travel. Considering it is a new program at the university, no doubt it had to suffer certain "birth pains." Indeed several changes and innovations happened throughout the course and several times I have questioned the wisdom of that decision by the school administration. But I always go back to the premise that anytime something completely new is started you have to expect a few problems.
The course work I have completed has on the whole been informative, challenging and meaningful. I had only one course that I was dissatisfied with, which was the Internship. The Internship course required a student to complete and log administrative duties. I felt it could have been done better and more structured. I feel that the number of hours required (400 hours in 2 semesters) could be reduced such that more emphasis should have been put on quality of learning rather than quantity. I would have rather participated in lesser hours by doing more meaningful duties that would have really prepared me to my future career goals. But that has not been a real problem really - more of an inconvenience. My greatest concern about the program is…[continue]
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