The program is designed specifically for rural educators and will focus on issues and challenges that are unique to leaders in rural schools, said Joanne Erickson, an education professor at MSU who has been involved with the program's design.
The program, which takes two academic years and three summers to complete, leads to a master's degree from MSU in educational leadership. Participants will also qualify for a kindergarten through 12th grade principal certificate and a superintendent's certificate.
Classes begin this summer and will be offered online or in a face-to-face setting depending on the number of students enrolled. In addition, residency seminars will be held each June in conjunction with the Rural Education Conference. Teachers may enter the program and start an administrative job simultaneously by participating in the state-sponsored administrative internship program. MREA member schools can receive a discount in the internship fee by participating in this program.
Joanne Erickson, (406) 994-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org