School Administration, Rank I (121)

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Program Coordinator

Stacy R. Leggett, stacy.leggett@wku.edu, (270) 745-4890

The School Administration, Rank I program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1 and KDP2)

The Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) is one of the two legally mandated positions for a school district. The DPP usually deals with such issues as student attendance, student conduct codes, school calendars, and student services.

School Principal (KP1 and KP2)

The Principal Preparation Program is a certification program involving a minimum of 30 hours of studies beyond the master's degree.

Alternate Route to Principal Certification.  Kentucky Senate Bill #77 made it possible for higher education institutions with approved school administration certification programs to provide alternate route to certification programs upon application and approval by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Western Kentucky University (WKU) has an EPSB approved Alternate Route to Principal Certification program.

Under the provisions of Senate Bill #77 and state regulations, Western Kentucky University established procedures for the alternate route program as follows:

  1. A local district superintendent must nominate a candidate for the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program at WKU. The letter of nomination must specifically state that the superintendent is recommending the candidate to the school council and will be employed for the coming academic year if selected by the school council.
  2. Once the letter of nomination and a letter of application from the candidate are received, WKU will admit the candidate to the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program providing the candidate is accepted by the Graduate School.
  3. WKU will provide the candidate with a letter stating that the candidate has been admitted to the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program, thus, under the provision of Senate Bill #77 and state regulations, making the candidate eligible to interview and accept a principal position. It should be noted that these candidates have the same eligibility status as any other candidate who has completed a regular certification program and already has the certification endorsement.
  4. WKU will also notify the Office of Professional Educator Services that the candidate has been admitted to the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program.
  5. If the candidate is offered the position, the superintendent must provide verification of employment to WKU and the candidate. WKU will assign the candidate an advisor, who will prepare the student's program. The candidate will submit the verification of employment and a TC-TP to the Office of Professional Educator Services. That office will sign and verify the enrollment of the candidate in the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program and return the TC-TP to the candidate. The candidate will then forward the TC-TP with the verification of employment as a principal (or assistant principal) and the appropriate fee payment.
  6. EPSB will issue the candidate a two-year, Temporary Provisional Certificate for All Grades Principal. The candidate will have two-years to complete all requirements for the principal certification, after which the candidate receives a regular Provisional Certification.

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

Applicants seeking certification for Supervisor of Instruction should be aware that reciprocity may not be offered by all states.

Concentration(s)

  • Education Administration (ADM)
  • Director of Pupil Personnel I (KDP1)
  • Director of Pupil Personnel II (KDP2)
  • Principal Level I (KP1)
  • Principal Level II (KP2)
  • Superintendent (KST)
  • Supervisor of Instruction Level I (ILV1)

Program Admission

Admission to the School Administration, Rank I program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1 and KDP2)

  • Completion of at least three years full-time appropriate teaching experience
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.2 GPA or above for all graduate course work

School Principal (KP1 and KP2)

  • A master's degree
  • Three years of documented teaching experience in a public school or a nonpublic school that meets the state performance standards as established in KRS 156.160
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on all graduate work
  • Complete a program admission packet requiring:
    • Letters of reference
    • Professional portfolio
    • Deficiency course assessments
    • School district agreement of support;
  • Be recommended based on an interview with district practitioners and department faculty

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

  • Completion of at least three years full-time appropriate teaching experience
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.2 GPA or above for all graduate course work

Program Requirements (30-39 hours)

Program requirements for the School Administration, Rank I program are specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1 and KDP2)

Level I Requirements (24 hours)
Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods3
PSY 510Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDFN 576Issues and Trends in Education3
EDAD 640Introduction to School Leadership3
EDAD 583Accounting for Pupil Personnel3
EDAD 677Legal Issues for Professional Educators3
CNS 660Organization and Administration of Guidance Services3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Curriculum Development
Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders
Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Leading Teaching and Learning
Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students
Advanced IECE Curriculum Development
Level II Requirements (6 hours)
Required Courses
EDAD 594Seminar on Leadership: Auxiliary Programs in Education3
EDAD 642Leveraging Community Systems and Resources3
Total Hours30

Completion of a planned Fifth/Sixth-Year program may not be counted by states other than Kentucky in determining pay status.  The Director of Pupil Personnel Services position is unique to Kentucky, and Kentucky's manifestation is not found in other places. Other states seek a counseling or social work type background for student services, not a Director of Pupil Personnel Services with attendance duties as in Kentucky.

Filing a TC-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including the master's degree. Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification.

School Principal (KP1 and KP2)

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required; at least 15 hours must be WKU credit.  Students must have previously completed a master's degree program, which would qualify for Rank II salary classification.

Prerequisites0-9
Allocation and Use of Resources
Legal Issues for Professional Educators
Instructional Leadership
Level I Requirements
EDAD 640Introduction to School Leadership3
EDAD 641Building Culture and Community3
EDAD 642Leveraging Community Systems and Resources3
EDAD 643Securing and Developing Staff3
EDAD 644Creating Organizational Structures and Operations3
or EDAD 708 Administration of Fiscal Resources in Districts and Systems
EDAD 645Practicing the Principalship3
Level II Requirements
EDAD 694Seminar in Educational Administration6
Advisor approved electives6
Total Hours30-39

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

Level I Requirements
EDFN 500Research Methods3
PSY 510Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDFN 576Issues and Trends in Education3
EDAD 640Introduction to School Leadership3
EDAD 684Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 686Principles of Supervision3
LTCY 519Foundations Reading Instruction3
SPED 516The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues3
CNS 660Organization and Administration of Guidance Services3
Electives
Select two courses from the following:6
Curriculum Development
Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders
Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Leading Teaching and Learning
Leading Teaching and Learning
Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students
Advanced IECE Curriculum Development
Total Hours33

Filing a TC-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including at least 30 hours beyond the master's degree.  Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification.