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Administrative Endorsements

189 --- PK-12 principal and PK-12 supervisor of special education:


a. Authorization. The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a principal of programs serving children from birth through grade twelve, a supervisor to instructional special education programs with children from birth to the age of 21, and a supervisor of support for special education programs for children from birth to the age of 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8).
b. Program requirements.

(1) Degree-master’s.
(2) Content: Completion of a sequence of courses and experiences which may have been a part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements.
1. Knowledge of early childhood, elementary, early adolescent, and secondary level administration, supervision, and evaluation.
2. Knowledge and skill related to early childhood, elementary, early adolescent, and secondary level curriculum development.
3. Knowledge of child growth and development from birth through adolescence and developmentally appropriate strategies and practices of early childhood, elementary, and adolescence, to include an observation practicum.
4. Knowledge of family support systems, factors which place families at risk, child care issues, and home-school community relationships and interactions designed to promote parent education, family involvement, and interagency collaboration.
5. Knowledge of school law and legislative and public policy issues affecting children and families.
6. Completion of evaluator training component.
7. Knowledge of current issues in special education administration.
8. Planned field experiences in elementary and secondary school administration including special education administration.
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(3) Competencies: Completion of a sequence of courses and experiences which may have been a part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements. A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by accomplishing the following competencies.
1. Facilitates the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
2. Advocates, nurtures, and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
3. Ensures management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
4. Collaborates with families and community members, responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources.
5. Acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
6. Understands, responds to, and influences the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
c. Other.
(1) The applicant must have had three years of teaching experience at the early childhood through grade twelve level.
(2) Graduates from institutions in other states who are seeking initial Iowa licensure and the PK-12 principal and PK-12 supervisor of special education endorsement must meet the requirements for the standard license in addition to the experience requirements.

171 --- Superintendent/AEA administrator.

a. Authorization. The holder of this endorsement is authorized to serve as a superintendent from the prekindergarten level through grade twelve or as an AEA administrator.

NOTE: This authorization does not permit general teaching, school service, or administration at any level except that level or area for which the practitioner holds the specific endorsement(s).

b. Program requirements.

(1) Degree—specialist—(or its equivalent: A master’s degree plus at least 30 semester hours of planned graduate study in administration beyond the master’s degree).

(2) Content: Through completion of a sequence of courses and experiences which may have been part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements, the administrator has knowledge and understanding of:

1. Models, theories, and practices that provide the basis for leading educational systems toward improving student performance.
2. Federal, state and local fiscal policies related to education.
3. Human resources management, including recruitment, personnel assistance and development, evaluation and negotiations.
4. Current legal issues in general and special education.
5. Noninstructional support services management including but not limited to transportation, nutrition and facilities.

(3) Practicum in PK-12 school administration. In the coursework and the practicum, the administrator facilitates processes and engages in activities for:

1. Developing a shared vision of learning through articulation, implementation, and stewardship.
2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
4. Collaborating with school staff, families, community members and boards of directors; responding to diverse community interests and needs; and mobilizing community resources.
5. Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
6. Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

c. Other.

Administrative experience

(1) The applicant must have had three years of experience as a building principal or other PK-12 or area education agency administrative experience.

(2) Other administrative experience: PK-12 or area education agency administrative experience is acceptable if the applicant acquires the three years' experience while holding a valid administrator license