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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 17, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 17
SPSBE Offers Online Instructional Tech Course for School Leaders

By Amy Cowles Lunday and Jim Campbell

School administrators across the country will be able to enroll this winter in an 18-credit online graduate certificate program in school administration and supervision through Johns Hopkins, in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education.

The yearlong certificate program offered by the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education will emphasize and use instructional technology in preparing administrators and supervisors in school, district or state positions with effective strategies to improve student achievement.

"This innovative partnership between Johns Hopkins University and ISTE promises to break new ground in the preparation of school leaders," said Edward Pajak, chair of the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership in SPSBE's Graduate Division of Education. "The online program promises to maintain the high standards of quality inherent in the Johns Hopkins program while meeting the specialized needs of educators, who have a strong interest in applying technology to school leadership."

The program will be offered online in a format developed by the Center for Technology in Education at Johns Hopkins. It combines five eight-week courses, a customized internship and two meetings during the summer at the annual National Educational Computing Conference. Upon completion of the program, participants earn the 18-credit certificate and are prepared to meet the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. In Maryland, graduates qualify for certification as a school administrator; Maryland's certification office has reciprocity with 28 other states.

The national cohorts in this program will experience opportunities and recognition as emerging leaders in the ISTE organization at NECC and as members of an international network of leaders participating in this program.

Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE, said, "ISTE is very excited about this partnership. It's a wonderful opportunity to produce a cadre of skilled educators to meet 21st-century challenges. This new program is also an important collaborative model between a world-class university with highly regarded programs and a respected nonprofit professional association with special expertise and strong connections to forward-thinking education leaders."

Johns Hopkins is now seeking applicants for the next cohort, which begins in June. Participants must have three years' teaching experience and a master's degree.

For more information, contact Linda Carling or Francesca Carpenter at 410-312-3800 or go to ISTE's Web site is located at


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