Speakers Lined Up for Specialist of Education Program
|1/7/2004||Mary Ann Beahon|
Judy Brown is the course facilitator. She has arranged for the following speakers:
Jan. 7 Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools
Jan. 14 Russ Thompson, president of State Board of Education Vickie Riback Wilson, state representative from Boone County
Jan. 21 Chuck Headley, Columbia school board member
Jan. 28 Jan Watson, Missouri School Boards Association policy coordinator Melodie Friedeback, director of special education for the department of elementary and secondary education (DESE)
The Ed.S. degree was introduced by WWU last year and has proven to be extremely popular. The degree prepares educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification. A level higher than the master’s degree, it prepares recipients to pursue the doctorate degree.
The reasons behind implementing the program were fairly simple.
“In Missouri, we have a shortage of people certified to be superintendents, and a lot of superintendents are close to the retirement age,” explained Deedee Schlichting, WWU director of graduate education programs. “There are no young leaders in the field to replace those leaving.”