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The Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) School of Education offers an educational administration program for students seeking a master's degree or licensure in educational administration. Most of the students are teachers from New Mexico and surrounding states who plan to become administrators at small and rural schools. In 1987, the New Mexico Board of Education decided that students who began their coursework in educational administration in the fall of 1986 or later must complete an internship. Three problems arose in implementing the program at ENMU. First, a university faculty member was required to visit each intern four times each semester, and many of the students were great distances from the university. Second, because the interns taught full-time, there was little opportunity to meet with them and their principals. Third, since the interns were teaching full-time, they had limited time to participate in administrative activities. The Eastern New Mexico School Research and Study Council helped find solutions to the problems. The council suggested ending the university faculty visits and increasing the role of the interns' supervising principals. Money was also allocated to free up interns to experience administrative activities. An internship questionnaire and an administrative competencies evaluation are included. (JPT)

Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, College School Cooperation, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Internship Programs, School Districts, State Legislation

Autor: Peca, Kathy

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10811&id=ED368042

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