“Candidates working toward the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Northwestern take this examination prior to or during internship their final semester. Since Fall 2009 through Fall 2011, NSU candidates at the Master's level have maintained an impressive 100 percent pass rate on the this test,” said Dr. Nelda Wellman, assistant professor of education leadership, who works closely with her husband, Dr. Wendell Wellman, program director.
The School Leader Licensure Assessment is a national certification exam required by the state of Louisiana for School Leader Level I, or principal certification. The SLLA was designed to provide a thorough, fair and carefully validated assessment for states to use as part of the licensure process for education leaders. It reflects the most current research and the professional judgment and experience of educators across the country.
Based on a national job analysis study, the assessment is also aligned with the standards set forth by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, which many states use in developing state-specific standards for licensing and performance of education leaders.
“The requirements of the program exposed me to all levels of leadership, from curriculum and instruction to school management. There is nothing I have experienced as a principal that was not touched on during coursework,” said Tanya Settle, principal at Many Elementary School, and a 2010 completer of the EDL program.
“When you go through a program like this at another university you are just a number, but that was not the case at Northwestern. The leadership the Wellmans provide is outstanding. They have compassionate hearts and are passionate about education leadership. They even came to my school to present an in-service for us here,” Settle said.
The Educational Leadership program at Northwestern State offers Master's of Education and Educational Specialist degrees. Candidates must have a B.A. degree from an accredited university, hold a valid teacher certificate, and successfully completed three years teaching experience. A fast-track alternate certification program for those already with a master's degree is also available.
The programs of study require EDL courses and an internship experience, all focusing on the competencies and skills defined by the Louisiana Board of Regents and ISLLC. Graduates of the program qualify for a Louisiana initial Level One administration license. The Educational Leadership program at NSU is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC), a learned society of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
For more information on Northwestern State’s Education Leadership program, visit the Department of Education Leadership’s homepage at delt.nsula.edu or call (318) 357-5518.