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Leadership Development Program in Career Majors and Academies

Career majors and academies have become the new organizational structure for curriculum and instruction in CTE. This emphasis has been stimulated by Federal and state initiatives, such as educational reform, Technology Preparation (Tech Prep), and School-to-Work transition. There is, however, a critical need to prepare educational professionals in the knowledge and skills to develop and implement programs. The major goals of the program are to (a) prepare personnel with the knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate career major and academies, and (b) improve instruction and support services for youth and adults. This field-based Leadership Development Program (LDP) will provide the participants with in-depth knowledge and expertise in developing, implementing, evaluating, improving, and expanding career majors and academies.



  1. Identify a cadre of local career, technical, vocational, special, counseling, academic, Career Academies/Career Majors, Tech Prep, and other related educational leadership personnel who can initiate and facilitate ongoing professional development and program improvement activities related to career majors and academies within their regions and agencies.

  2. Deliver instruction and technical assistance to personnel.

  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate program improvement activities related to career majors and academies within the agencies of program participants.

  4. Initiate and/or enhance interagency agreements and collaboration at the local level among agencies.

  5. Expand the networking capabilities of personnel across the state in regard to program improvement, exemplary programs, and effective practices.

  6. Evaluate the adequacy, quality, and effectiveness of the program improvement projects (PIPs).

Major Activities

  1. A cadre of agency endorsed personnel will be selected to participate in the program.

  2. Participants will enroll in two, 3-semester hour courses during the summer, 2010 session, (a) EDCI 653: Seminar in Career and Technical Education ? Developing and Implementing Career Majors and Academies (3 s.h.), and (b) EDCI 553: Leadership Development in Career and Technical Education (3 s.h.). Participants will conduct an agency needs assessment and develop a program improvement project proposal.

  3. Participants will enroll in EDCI 695: Internship in Education: Career Majors and Academies Education (3 s.h.) during the fall, 2010 and spring, 2011 semesters. They will receive graduate credit for implementing and evaluating the PIPs in their agencies. Program staff will provide the required technical assistance, and facilitate the necessary interagency collaboration and networking activities to successfully implement the PIPs. The participants will attend four (evening) technical assistance seminars and a one-day final meeting in May, 2011 to deliver their PIP presentations and submit their final reports.

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