Procedure for Approval
Teachers must first submit a Program Proposal to the building Principal, Instructional Improvement Coordinator, and Superintendent for approval.
The Program Proposal must be submitted and approved prior to the beginning of any course work. The proposal must include a summary of the program of studies and a listing of courses to be taken. (Any modifications to this program must be submitted for approval prior to taking the courses)
Following the approval, the Instructional Improvement Coordinator will share a Program Planning Worksheet to be monitored by the teacher, to be shared with the building Principal and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.
The earlier the application (Program Proposal) are submitted, the earlier a decision regarding approval can be made.
To be approved, the program proposal must meet as many of the following criteria as appropriate:
- The coursework to be done will be of benefit to the school district in a specific way.
- The coursework will assist the teacher in improving his or her teaching or administrative skills.
- The coursework taken will extend the staff member’s subject matter or specialization knowledge.
- The coursework will lead to an advanced degree relevant to the staff member’s current assignment or an anticipated one. (Master’s degree)
- The coursework will assist in providing research that may be applied to the individual’s assigned field.
- The coursework is endorsed by the individual’s immediate supervisor.
- The coursework is taken at the Master’s degree level.
- The coursework is taken at an accredited college or university and can be used towards an advanced degree.
- Acceptance into a graduate program of studies does not guarantee automatic reimbursement.