Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Beating a Path to Administration

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Beating a Path to Administration

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Ideally, the preparation for any position-whether semi-skilled, supervisory, mid-level management or upper-level administrator--would involve a balance of theory, practice, application and accountability. Getting the right mixture usually is happenstance at best.

Although research provides many insights on what it takes to be a leader, our education system generally does not offer a career path to administrative or management roles. Seldom is there a well-formulated plan of career development particularly for those in management supervisory or administrative positions.

How, then, does a profession such as vocational-technical education provide for and assure an adequately trained cadre of upper-level administrators into the next century? Oklahoma is testing a few options.

A theory component is available to individuals who pursue administrative certification through formal college or university course work. Certification requires practice as a classroom teacher, so the process itself includes a combination of theory and practice. Other courses in such areas as strategic planning, policy development, philosophy and educational futures are offered. Formal courses of that nature are designed to ensure that administrators and others make informed decisions with a sound philosophical basis and with the ability to plan for future program needs. Vocational-technical administrators also may enroll in specialized school finance and school business management courses. …

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