Supervisor of Instruction
Supervisor of Instruction Program
The Supervisor of Instruction P-12 program is offered to candidates at Union College’s main campus located in Barbourville, KY. Candidates take courses in traditional face to face and through hybrid (onsite courses with online components) settings. In 2010, Union College received a Title III grant to improve the College’s online course services. The grant entitled, Expanding Higher Education Opportunity, is a comprehensive project designed to increase Union College's capacity to develop and deliver online and hybrid curricula. Through the program, Union College is currently converting about 40 undergraduate courses to online or hybrid delivery during the five years of the grant. Course redesign is driven by hands-on faculty professional development and is supported by the new Faculty Training Studio and Lab. These new facilities are equipped with tools for effective web-based course design and instruction. ULearn, the College’s learning management system for online and hybrid courses, provides candidates with Prezi Powerpoint software, a Big Blue Button Chat feature for enhanced audio and visual capabilities, and wiki/blog software for candidate creation of course materials for professional development purposes. The grant also provides the College with an opportunity to develop a range of student services, including online orientation, tutoring, financial aid, and advising and degree audit. These programs and services are being built on a new robust technological infrastructure that was put into place during year 1 of the project. All of this increases Union's capacity to independently support online programming and web-based enrollment increases.
As part of the co-delivery model of the Supervisor of Instruction P-12 program, technology staffs from partner P-12 communities provide candidate training and instruction on current technology practices for 21st century, global classroom. P-12 staff members also provide instruction on the ethical concerns related to technology use in the classroom by educators and students including web etiquette, legal issues, and student safety as addressed in EDUC 573: Advanced Technology Practices for Teacher Leaders. Examples of this include:
- SmartBoard technology as a means to develop interactive formative and summative assessments
- Use of assessment clickers to develop instructional games and activities appropriate to content and age level of P-12 students
- Using wiki software to design and maintain a wiki that allows candidates to collaborate with one another as appropriate to their professional growth plans, current teaching assignments, or future education goals.
- Create blogs that are maintained by the candidate or a group of candidates with regular entries of commentary,descriptions of events, or other material toward the creation of podcasts for student and teacher use in the classroom (i.e. daily lessons,assessment procedures, and professional development activities)
Course preparation for the Supervisor of Instruction P-12 program is reflective of a co-delivery model, which is the result of the ESU’s partnership with local and state P-12 school districts. Selected program courses for the Supervisor of Instruction P-12 program require clinical experiences in P-12 classroom and/or administrative settings. Clinical experiences are designed to enhance the knowledge base of candidates in key areas including but not limited to: assisting in the review of student achievement data, development of district assessment procedures, direct instruction from P-12 administrators in reviewing and implementing professional development opportunities, classroom application of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning standards, and facilitating school culture changes in the candidate’s clinical setting based on the Kentucky Core Academic standards. During these experiences, ESU faculty members provide support to candidates as they integrate pedagogical instruction with clinical learning experiences.
Through upper-level content course offerings and multiple delivery options, candidates in the program are able to develop additional expertise in their content area. The program’s 12 hour specialization component allows candidates to take upper division courses in various content areas. Content courses are offered in different formats including online, multiple summer terms, and weekend courses to meet the demands of working professionals in the education field. Further, candidates can transfer up to 9 hours of approved content area coursework into the program from other postsecondary institutions. In offering flexible upper-level content course work options in multiple formats, the program grooms candidates to become leaders in their content fields.
Upon completion of the program, candidates have obtained a unique skill set that prepares them for leadership opportunities within their classrooms, school, or districts. Candidates can apply to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) for a Teacher as Leader Endorsement.
Examples of possible career pathways include but are not limited to:
- Implementing professional learning communities (PLC) within their school districts
- Developing and leading Response to Intervention (RTI) teams within their schools
- Introducing new models for curriculum and instruction for their schools
- Serving on Site Based Decision Making Councils
- Serving on district technology advisor boards
- Serving on assessment advisory boards to provide current research on student assessment i.e. assessment of learning vs. assessment of learning, formative and summative assessment procedures,and student self-assessment
- Assisting in the development of professional development opportunities for their schools based on their knowledge of current research including student achievement, community building, and resource allocation
- Employment as curriculum coaches,assessment coordinators, director of federal programs, coordinator for extended school services, and professional development liaisons