The first group of WA school teachers has signed up for the challenge of becoming leading State school principals through The University of Western Australia's new Master's Degree of School Leadership.
The postgraduate Public School Leadership qualification was launched at UWA today by the WA Minister for Education Dr Liz Constable.
The course consists of four core units that deal with leading teaching and learning; leading assessment and accountability; managing a school as an organisation; and leading curriculum innovation.
"I am pleased with that we have developed a strong program in conjunction with the Department of Education that will equip aspiring principals with the skills, understanding and knowledge to lead schools with confidence," the Dean of UWA's Faculty of Education Helen Wildy said.
"A key feature of this program is a hands-on approach that draws on case studies of a range of different school types to confront many of the challenges that all principals face in their leadership," Winthrop Professor Wildy said.
Dr Constable said the new program provided an important resource to current and future principals to help them meet community expectations for high-quality school leaders.
"As more responsibility is placed on principals to achieve results, it's important we have a plan in place to ensure we have a strong supply of skilled and experienced people ready to move into leadership positions," Dr Constable said.