A doctorate in education doesn’t mean a superintendent or principal is a competent or well-educated leader.
Credentialing programs for school leaders range from “inadequate to appalling,” and the coursework required is only marginally related to on-the-job skills, according to a report released Monday by the president of the Teachers College at Columbia University.
. . . (Education) degrees are cash cows for the colleges that offer them. While a university might take in $8,000 a year in tuition for one of these degrees, the program costs only about $6,000, according to the report.
. . . As for the principals and superintendents, they win the credential they need to help land their next job or pay increase. Knowing that the degrees are useful only as a symbol, they seek out the least demanding programs offered in the most convenient locations.
Teachers College President Arthur Levine calls for raising standards, closing low-quality programs and creating a master’s in educational administration that would represent genuine mastery of relevant knowledge; the PhD would be awarded only to future researchers.
Update: Lots of links on school leadership at Eduwonk.