Our vision is to improve life conditions and opportunities for individuals, families, and communities worldwide.
Our mission is to improve the equity and quality of teaching and learning environments throughout the world. We accomplish this mission through the integration of research, teaching, and service to strengthen educational opportunities for all people worldwide. This integrated mission is threefold:
- Explore and expand the knowledge of educational theory, policy, practice, and leadership.
- Foster the growth of educational leaders of faith and character who possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
- Build the capacity of individuals, families, communities, states, and nations to identify and solve educational problems.
Program Aims and Goals
The School Leadership Program accomplishes its vision and mission through four program aims and goals:
Provide a Graduate Program of Excellence
- Align with the Aims of a BYU Education and Principles of BYU Graduate Education
- Maintain its accreditation as a graduate program of Educational Leadership
- Contribute to and reflect the field of school leadership
Prepare Effective School Leaders
- Improve student recruitment
- Facilitate achievement of student learning outcomes
- Facilitate field-based internship experiences aligned with national standards (ISSLC 7)
- Facilitate administrative licensure and administrative placements of graduates
Promote Responsive District Relationships
- Develop strategic district partnerships
- Facilitate responsiveness in program design to meet district and student needs
Pursue Dynamic Stability
- Engage in continuous program assessment and improvement
- Engage in continuous student learning assessment and improvement
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes for the School Leadership Program are aligned with TEAC (accrediting agency) and grounded in the national standards in the field of School Leadership (ISSLC). As a result, students will be prepared to pass the state-required Administrative PRAXIS or SLLA Examination.
To foster a vision and a compelling sense of purpose for the continuous improvement of both schools and equitable learning for all students, our graduates will be able to:
- Professional Knowledge: Understand and apply the disciplinary knowledge in the graduate program coursework to the practice of school leadership.
- Learning Communities: Engage in, facilitate and lead collaborative learning communities.
- Strategic Decision-Making & Change: Engage in, facilitate and lead strategic inquiry, data-driven decision-making and change.
- Effective and Caring Leadership Informed by Learning Communities (#2) and Strategic Decision-Making (#3), be equipped with sufficient knowledge to be able to undertake important roles and responsibilities in the schools they plan to lead.
TEAC Accreditation Standards
Brigham Young University's School Leadership Program is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013–June 24, 2018. This accreditation certifies the School Leadership Program adheres to TEAC's quality principles.
Our graduates are:
- Qualified to serve as educational leaders: demonstrate competence in and understanding of the central concepts of educational leadership.
- Competent in strategic data-driven decision-making: prepared to employ effective data-driven decision-making in support of student learning.
- Caring educational leaders: prepared to meet the needs of their students and members of the learning community.
- Technologically competent: know how to use today's technology to enhance the educational process.
- Willing and able to embrace multicultural perspective: sensitive to the needs of a diverse population, endorsing and encouraging the success of all students.
- Committed to learning to learn: think critically, conduct research, self assess for professional development, and work collaboratively.
ISSLC Standards for Educational Leadership
Our graduates will be prepared to be educational leaders who promote the success of every student by:
- Vision: facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.
- Instruction and Learning: advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Management & Operations: ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
- Community: collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- Ethics: promoting the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
- Educational Contexts: promoting the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.