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Left to Right: Paul Beare, dean of AASU's College of Education; Cindi Chance, dean of GSU's College of Education; and Col. John F. O'Sullivan, Jr., superintendent of SCCPS.

Area Universities Bring Educational Leadership Program to Savannah

Savannah, GA—Today officials from the colleges of education at Georgia Southern University and Armstrong Atlantic State University announced a new cooperative program to prepare future leaders. The program, "Leading for Learning," will be the first doctor of education (Ed.D.) program in the Savannah area.

The idea for the program came from Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Superintendent John F. O’Sullivan, Jr. Shortly after he arrived in Savannah, Col. O’Sullivan told the education deans at both Georgia Southern and Armstrong Atlantic that he needed a program to both improve the abilities of his current principals, assistant principals, and other administrators. Sullivan also told of the need to enhance the quality of potential future leaders for the system.

"I believe it is important to "grow" our own leaders and provide as many opportunities as we can to address the issues in our community through effective leadership," O’Sullivan said.

"While it is an educational leadership program, it will focus on student’s learning, more than traditional management skills," said Cindi Chance the dean of Georgia Southern’s College of Education. "It will focus on issues like the students’ social needs, their academic needs, understanding the urban culture and students at risk."

The program will include master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree tracks. Students can enter the program at any level. The program is open to any candidate with the proper educational qualifications.

The master’s level classes will be folded into an existing Master of Education program at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The current Armstrong Atlantic master’s program emphasizes teacher education rather than educational leadership. Georgia Southern will deliver the administrative courses and also recommend certification upon graduation.

"Armstrong Atlantic State University is excited about this collaboration with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and Georgia Southern University," said Paul Beare, dean of the Armstrong Atlantic College of Education. "The new program will provide an alternative to more traditional leadership training."

Georgia Southern will administer the specialist and doctoral programs and issue the diploma and recommend certification upon graduation. The doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree will require seventy-five semester hours of course work beyond the master’s level, nine of which are the dissertation. Students usually take three to five years to complete such a program.

The doctoral level program will host an information session on February 19 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. in Room 111 of the Coastal Georgia Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Savannah. The first classes for the doctoral program will begin March 16. The master's level courses will begin in the fall semester.

To qualify for the master's program, students must have a bachelor’s degree and a Level 4 Teaching Certificate. They should apply through Armstrong Atlantic State University.

For the doctoral program, students should already have a master’s degree and a Level 5 Leadership Certificate. They should apply for admission to the Averitt College of Graduate Studies at Georgia Southern.

For more information about Leading for Learning programs, contact AASU's College of Education at 912.927.5398.

Courtesy of Georgia Southern Univerity.

Feb. 11, 2002


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