Seton Hall University
King, Sue A.
Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?.
Degree: EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy, Education Leadership, Management and Policy, 2010, Seton Hall University
The purpose for this study was to add to the research on school administrator preparation programs by examining and describing the content, structure, and overall design of university preparation programs in Pennsylvania for school superintendents to determine the degree to which the programs of the 26 state-approved providers of superintendent certification are reflective of the current research and theory regarding effective school district leadership, particularly instructional leadership. At a time when public education is under fire from political leaders and the general public, school administrators are expected to design and manage education systems that meet the needs of all learners and demonstrate high levels of student achievement. The competencies and skills needed for this type of work should be developed through the education experiences and expectations of various groups for school leadership preparation programs.
This study is best described as a non-experimental cross- sectional case study using multiple sites with a descriptive research design. There was one main research question and three subsidiary questions that guided the study. The researcher analyzed published documents and information from the 26 approved superintendent preparation-programs in the state of Pennsylvania to determine the degree to which the programs reflected the exemplary characteristics identified by scholars in the field. A thorough examination of the current scholarship and research of effective school administrator preparation was done to determine the components of each program that would be examined.
The current researcher found limited evidence that preparation-programs have undergone significant reforms or have been influenced by the relevant research, theory, and literature on effective school district administrator preparation. Though some technical changes were noted, there was no evidence of the adaptive changes needed for large-scale reform.
The study has contributed to the field by demonstrating the degree to which the preparation programs for superintendent candidates in the state of Pennsylvania as a whole have made changes that are consistent with recommendations from current research, theory and literature in the field and are focused on instructional leadership.
Advisors/Committee Members: Barbara Strobert Ed.D, Charles Achilles, Linda Estep.
Subjects/Keywords: Education; Superintendents; Pennsylvania; School administrators; Superintendent preparation; Educational Administration and Supervision; Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration
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APA (6th Edition):
King, S. A. (2010). Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?. (Doctoral Dissertation). Seton Hall University. Retrieved from http://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/1327
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
King, Sue A. “Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?.” 2010. Doctoral Dissertation, Seton Hall University. Accessed November 21, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
King, Sue A. “Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?.” 2010. Web. 21 Nov 2019.
King SA. Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Seton Hall University; 2010. [cited 2019 Nov 21].
Available from: http://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/1327.
Council of Science Editors:
King SA. Pennsylvania Superintendent-Preparation: How Has it Changed?. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Seton Hall University; 2010. Available from: http://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/1327