TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
CHAPTER I: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PERSONNEL
PART 30 PROGRAMS FOR THE PREPARATION OF PRINCIPALS IN ILLINOIS
SECTION 30.50 COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS


 

Section 30.50  Coursework Requirements

 

a)         The coursework required by the preparation program of its candidates must cover each of the following areas:

 

1)         State and federal laws, regulations and case law affecting Illinois public schools;

 

2)         State and federal laws, regulations and case law regarding programs for students with disabilities and English language learners; 

 

3)         use of technology for effective teaching and learning and administrative needs;

 

4)         use of a process that determines how a child responds to scientific, research-based interventions that are designed to screen students who may be at risk of academic failure; monitor the effectiveness of instruction proposed for students identified as at risk; and modify instruction as needed to meet the needs of each student;

 

5)         understanding literacy skills required for student learning that are developmentally appropriate (early literacy through adolescent literacy), including assessment for literacy, developing strategies to address reading problems, understanding reading in the content areas, and scientific literacy;

 

6)         understanding numeracy skills and working collaboratively across content areas to improve problem-solving and number sense at all grade levels;

 

7)         identification of bullying; understanding the different types of bullying behavior and its harm to individual students and the school; and the importance of teaching, promoting and rewarding a peaceful and productive school climate; and

 

8)         the process to be used to evaluate licensed staff in accordance with the provisions of Section 24A-3 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/24A-3].

 

b)         A portion of the required coursework shall include "field experiences", i.e., multiple experiences that are embedded in a school setting and relate directly to the core subject matter of the course.  The principal preparation program shall determine the courses for which completion of field experiences will be required and the time allotted to field experiences across all courses in the curriculum.

 

c)         In addition to meeting the requirements in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section, programs providing 50 percent or more of coursework via distance learning or video-conferencing technology shall be approved only if they meet the following conditions.

 

1)         Candidates must be observed by a full-time tenure track faculty member who provides instruction in the principal preparation program.  The observations, which must take place in person, shall be for a minimum of two full days each semester, and for a minimum of 20 days throughout the length of the program.  The observations must include time spent interacting and working with the candidate in a variety of settings (i.e., observing the candidate's teaching, attending meetings with the candidate, observing the candidate during the internship portion of the program).

 

2)         Each candidate shall be required to spend a minimum of one day per semester, exclusive of internship periods, at the program's Illinois facility in order to meet with the program's full-time faculty, to present and reflect on projects and research for coursework recently completed, and to discuss the candidate's progress in the program.

 

3)         Each candidate shall be required to attend in person the meetings outlined in Section 30.40(c) of this Part.

 

(Source:  Amended at 37 Ill. Reg. 4258, effective March 25, 2013)