An Examination of Educational Leadership Program Field Experiences in K-12 Virtual Schools

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Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012


Virtual and blended experiences are an emerging trend in education. K-12 virtual schooling was first utilized in the 1990s and continues to grow. Currently 48 of 50 states offer some virtual experience in K-12 education. Of these, 39 states have state virtual schools. Professional development is beginning to be available for virtual school teachers, however, little information is available on professional development for administrators. This study will provide a status report on the state of school administrator preparation for K-12 online and blended learning in the U.S.A. This research will be conducted by surveying Educational Leadership certification programs regarding the extent which pre-service administrators are being exposed to K-12 online and blended learning. Important ramifications exist for the field of K-12 online learning as well as for Educational Leadership programs that are preparing educators to lead fully online and blended learning programs.

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