The overriding mission of the Educational Leadership Program (EDL) is to prepare professional educators to serve in California schools and to work directly with youth of diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. The program endeavors to create an environment where learning is the highest priority. Our major goal is to provide candidates with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to prepare them for successful leadership in today’s and tomorrow’s schools. Candidates are expected to become instructional leaders and decision-makers in the pursuit of excellence, classroom managers and creators of equitable educational opportunities for a diverse student population, and confident scholars who are facilitators for a lifetime of learning.
Administration is a complex process requiring both a theoretical knowledge and a broad collection of skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Theory provides the conceptual framework and vocabulary along with the various strategies and techniques for examining and responding to many of the experiences which candidates will encounter. The program provides a sturdy bridge connecting educational theory with practice, pre-service with in-service education, and the University with the school community. The program is designed to empower all participants, who, in turn, are encouraged to collaborate with one another with energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and mutual respect.
The EDL Program at Humboldt State University is defined primarily by the qualities of the candidates it produces. Specifically, the program is defined by the extent to which candidates demonstrate and/or exhibit the following: