Educational Administration and Supervision
As a research institution, we cultivate diverse education administrators who have a well-developed capacity to conduct and utilize research that guides practice and policy. Our cutting-edge Ed.D. program is designed around the study of “problems of the practice,” which allows students to examine and address real problems faced by school system administrators, while our post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program prepares education professionals to grow in leadership roles and make a positive difference in their school districts.
Our leadership programs reflect our strong, authentic partnerships with diverse school systems in the state of Maryland. Collaboration with local school systems promotes a reciprocal learning process resulting in school improvement through both the preparation of a new generation of excellent leaders and the production of new knowledge around pressing problems. Our graduates remain connected through learning networks so they can continue to work collaboratively toward school improvement.
Program graduates go on to do amazing things. Many hold leadership positions throughout the state, and we currently have graduates serving as superintendents in nine school districts around Maryland. We’re proud to have been part of their journey to inciting real change and transformation in our state’s education system.
Our faculty are involved in research relevant to state and national education policy, exploring issues of school improvement, teacher attrition, and diversity in education systems throughout the U.S. Our location near the state and nation’s capitals compliments our research and educational goals, and presents opportunities for students to learn and collaborate with leading experts.
Through our degree programs, collaborations, and research, our College seeks to advance and inspire future leaders in educational administration and supervision.
Jennifer King Rice
Dean and Professor, UMD College of Education
Training Leaders: The Ed.D. and Administrator I Certification Programs
Our Ed.D. program enrolls working administrators. The program prepares students to engage in systematic investigations of problems of practice such as teacher retention or disparities in student achievement in their districts, with a focus on developing actionable improvement initiatives. The post-baccalaureate certificate program leads to eligibility for administrator I certification and prepares graduates for supervisory and assistant principal roles in Maryland. Combined, the College’s programs play a significant role in developing educational administrator leadership in the state of Maryland.
COE’s Ed.D. program was among the first to focus on professional practice, and structured to reflect the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) model. “It turned out to be extremely popular and successful,” said Margaret McLaughlin, professor and director of the doctorate program.
The Ed.D. program curriculum has since expanded to incorporate elements of improvement science as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Improvement of Teaching and iLEAD initiative. The 36-month program welcomes applicants from across Maryland, and classes are offered both online and through intensive Saturday seminars.
Brian King, a Title 1 school principal in Maryland, recently completed the program and examined the problem of teacher attrition in Title 1 schools in his school system. Now, he’s using his work to help his school system develop retention initiatives. Being able to connect graduate study with everyday work is one of the program benefits, Dr. King said.
“The program has enhanced my ability to reflect on, and refine, my critical thinking and analytical skills,” Dr. King said. “It's also given me a new appreciation and awareness of the depth and breadth of dynamics involved in leading change in any sizable system, in my case public schools.”
Similar to the Ed.D. program, COE’s post-baccalaureate administrator I program is open to applicants from multiple school districts in the area. The program attracts professionals in leadership roles and requires that applicants have a master’s degree and have been a Maryland state teacher for at least three years.
“As the flagship state institution in Maryland, it is important that the College of Education offer an opportunity to help develop the next generation of effective leaders from across the state at both the school and the systems levels,” said Jean Snell, senior faculty specialist at the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement.
The program includes coursework on leadership, family and community engagement, and school operations and management. Additionally, students coordinate six-month internships or apprenticeships while continuing in their current leadership roles.
Previously a residential program that required in-person meetings, it will be recruiting the first fully-online cohort in 2021. Graduates are eligible for administrator I certification in Maryland and take on supervisory or assistant principal roles across the state.
[Above, top left: Graduates of the Ed.D. program at winter 2019 commencement. Photo Credit: Audrey Hill.]
Propelling Educational Partnerships: The Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement
“The Center is the College of Education’s demonstrated commitment to build deeper and stronger partnerships with school districts and education agencies across the state focused on bringing the resources, knowledge and capacity of the College and its faculty to bear in helping schools solve their problems around student learning and equity,” said Segun Eubanks, the director of CEii.
Recently, the Center worked with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to address issues related to school performance around the state. CEii contributed to the evaluation of factors in low performance and the development of effective school improvement plans. The Center trained facilitators to go into 36 schools across Maryland to conduct a root cause analysis based on a protocol developed with the American Institutes for Research, CEii Project Manager Iris Bond Gill said.
The Center created a report for MSDE identifying priorities for the schools to address to improve performance and recommendations for where the state should focus attention to better support school systems. The MSDE partnership has led to other collaborative opportunities, including conferences, developing a webinar for aspiring principals and working on school improvement initiatives with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).
PGCPS and COE committed to a new institutional partnership focusing on school improvement issues, and University of Maryland and PGCPS leadership convened to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020. The Center will help facilitate the PGCPS/UMD Improvement Science Collaborative, serving as the joint effort’s planning hub.
“It creates a deeper connection giving PGCPS a different level of access to us and vice versa,” Dr. Eubanks said.
CEii is also working to offer a college level calculus class to PGCPS seniors. The class will be free-of-charge, count toward college credit, and be taught by University of Maryland math faculty. Additionally, the Center is developing a program to support teaching online, and expects to work with around 400 teachers this year. During the spring, CEii offered a three-part virtual training series on school improvement planning to PGCPS instructional directors
“The MOU has designs to be far reaching across many facets of the district life, from teacher supports to school improvement planning support to math learning networks,” said Jean Snell, senior faculty specialist at CEii.
CEii is connected with COE’s other academic programs, including the Doctor of Education and post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program, with core CEii faculty teaching and advising in both programs.
[Above, top left: UMD and PGCPS leaders gather to sign a partnership agreement. Photo by Randall Pike/PGCPS. Above, middle left: At a 2019 CEii conference, University of Maryland and local school system leaders work collaboratively on K-12 educational issues. Photo by Katreca Neale/PGCPS.]
“The Center is the College of Education’s demonstrated commitment to build deeper and stronger partnerships with school districts and education agencies across the state ...” says Segun Eubanks, CEii director.
Professor of Practice and Director Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement
Throughout his professional career, Dr. Eubanks has promoted access, equity, and opportunity, as well as advocated for public education, teacher excellence and diversity in education systems in the U.S.
In leadership roles with the National Education Association, Dr. Eubanks worked to develop teacher leadership initiatives and professional practice standards. He also served for five years as the chair of the Board of Education for PGCPS. Recently, he played an important role in forming the PGCPS/University of Maryland Improvement Science Collaborative, which works to prepare school teachers and leaders, support school improvement efforts, and connect research with practice.
Professor of Practice, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership
Dr. Imig’s interests relate to teacher education and policy in the U.S. and worldwide. He has substantial experience in the field, and came to COE after serving for 25 years as president and CEO at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). In addition to AACTE president, he filled roles that contributed to governmental relations and international education efforts during his tenure at AACTE.
Dr. Imig has also served as president for the National Society for the Study of Education. He is a founding member of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and has worked in various governance roles of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Currently, he serves as a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directs a project working to transform the education doctorate in 110 research colleges and universities across the country.
Professor, Director of the Doctorate of Education, Special Assistant to the Dean
Dr. McLaughlin has published widely on curriculum access, high stakes assessment and inclusion of students with disabilities. Her extensive record of funded research, including with national centers and other collaborative efforts, has focused on initiating change in schools and school systems. An expert in special education policy, Dr. McLaughlin wrote two books for education administrators, What every principal needs to know about special education and The school leader’s guide to special education, and has widely published in top journals on how school administrators can effectively serve special education students. She brings her expertise from these areas of study to her work with administrators and in leveraging collaboration and partnerships with local school districts and administrators.
Dr. McLaughlin has worked on projects in collaboration with the World Bank, InterAmerica Bank and USAID, and has served on committees with numerous institutions, including the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She has also served as a technical consultant on numerous US Department of Education projects and initiatives. Finally, a former past president of the International Council for Exceptional Children, she also served in leadership roles for the Council of Administrators of Special Education within the Council for Exceptional Children.
Senior Faculty Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement
Dr. Snell is committed to developing educator leadership skills that enable high quality teaching and learning environments for students. Over the last two decades, Dr. Snell has worked extensively with teachers and administrators to help them develop new skills as effective leaders.
At the University of Washington, where she earned a doctorate in leadership and policy studies and completed the Danforth School Leadership training program, she taught in the teacher and principal preparation programs and was also a program director for the Center for Educational Leadership. Later, with the non-profit Leading Educators, Dr. Snell launched a Teacher Leadership Fellowship for outstanding educators across the DC region.