CityU SAL EDD NBCT ADVISOR Presentation Dec2015


Welcome to City University of Seattle’s National Board Certified teacher to EdD in Leadership pathway. I’m Dr. Joel Domingo in the School of Applied Leadership. This presentation will highlight the features of this exciting opportunity that you can share with prospective students. Through a series of conversations between our Dean and several National Board Certified teacher advocates, it became apparent that there was strong interest from the cadre of National Board Certified Teachers to complete a doctoral degree. National Board Certification represents the highest standard of teacher excellence and there’s research that suggests that students of National Board Certified teachers learn more than students from other classrooms. There are over 110,00 National Board Certified teachers and many more in the pipeline. Despite this interest in a doctoral program, many barriers remain. Mainly, time and cost. Now in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the National Board Certified teacher’s service and achievement, we decided to grant an ACCELERATED WAIVER of 18 credits that would be applied to the concentration area of our program. This specialized study concentration would be called, the “Inspired Teacher Leadership” concentration, and by doing so, the time to complete the degree, and the overall cost of the program are going to be significantly reduced. And I’ll go over those details in a bit. Here you see a slide depicting the components of the EdD in Leadership program. The BLUE section represents the leadership core and research core courses. The black– the CONCENTRATION courses. A student would also have comprehensive exams, represented by the BROWN section, The RESIDENCIES (and there are 3 of them), in the small RED section, and finally the DISSERTATION at the end (in the GREEN). I want to talk about the mechanics of how the National Board Certified teacher pathways works: This applies specifically to the CONCENTRATION portion of the program. On the LEFT hand side, you see that if you received your National Board Certification AFTER you completed your master’s degree, you are granted an ACCELERATED WAIVER of 18 credits (that’s applied to the CONCENTRATION). In addition, transferring in 12 additional GRADUATE credits, means that 30 credits are already complete! In other words, if you complete your National Board Certification AFTER your master’s degree, and bring in the 12 graduate credits of transfer, 1/3 of your doctoral degree is already done. On the right side, if you received your National Board Certification DURING your master’s degree, you still may transfer in 12 graduate level credits, but then would just select 18 credits of graduate coursework, and you would just talk to your advisor about those options. Because students would start with 1/3 of their coursework done, this means that what is left in the program are their core leadership and research courses, and this slide shows you the courses that they would take. Once all the coursework is completed, it would then be time to take the comprehensive exams, which are two exams: One on a leadership core topic, and the other on the concentration. The format of these are 10 week written exams, and includes an oral defense at the end of it. The residencies are 2-day courses that are focused on preparing for the dissertation. There are 3 of these. 601, 602, and 603. The residencies are done on site, in Seattle during the summer, and may be completed online, though it’s not recommended, because the residency is a chance to meet with your dissertation chair, as well as others from your dissertation committee. Now the culminating experience in the doctoral program is the dissertation. The dissertation is an applied, problem-based research experience on a topic related to leadership. It’s done independently, with a lot of support from the faculty. There’s also an oral defense at the end. Students research a topic of their interest. So for example, one student explored culturally responsive practices as it applies to the achievement gap. Another student explored the relationship between teacher professional development, and literacy. So you can see there is a lot of potential for subjects that National Board Certified teachers are wanting to explore. This is an example of a course schedule, for a student who has been granted the ACCELERATED WAIVER, and has transferred in 12 graduate level credits. You see that in the first year, they would take some courses toward the program, and in the second year, they would take further courses, and then begin their dissertation by the fourth quarter. In short, this means that they could finish all of their coursework, in a little over a year and a half. Now some of the reasons for why students love the program, is because it’s flexible and relevant. This program is 100% online, with the option to complete the 2 day residency in person, in Seattle, and possibly in other locations. We offer free textbooks and lots of online resources. In fact, for 90% of the coursework taken, the textbooks are accessed online. And the other thing, is that the program is designed with the needs of working teacher/leaders in mind. Students really appreciate how the assignments are relevant to what they are doing. This slide shows the typical (current) cost of the doctoral program, based on someone coming in and transferring in 12 (graduate level) quarter credits. Now you see the typical costs range anywhere from $41,840 to $45,530. (At the CURRENT TUITION RATE: Dec 2015) What’s really exciting, about the NBCT pathway, is the total cost, because of the ACCELERATED WAIVER is now down to a little over $33,000. (At the CURRENT TUITION RATE: Dec 2015) So to review everything at this point, the National Board Certified Teacher pathway to the doctorate, it’s a 100% online, with options for in person residencies. The ACCELERATED WAIVER is what’s really special about the program. It means that 1/3 of the program is already complete– that’s if a person receives their National Board Certification AFTER their master’s degree. They could finish the coursework in as little as seven quarters– a little over a year and a half. Courses are offered in a 10 week format, and students can decide whether to take 1 or 2 courses per quarter. Ultimately, this is an advantage and a significant savings in COST and TIME to the students. We hope you’ve enjoyed this presentation. So if you have any further questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our contact information is on this slide. You may contact Dr. Kelly Flores, Dean of the School of Applied Leadership, or myself, Dr. Joel Domingo, Associate Program Director here in the School of Applied Leadership. Thanks for listening, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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