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Graduate Program School Management

In cooperation with the University College of Education Upper Austria (PH OÖ) and the Universiy of Teacher Education Zug, the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) is offering a graduate program (degree: Master's) titled "Schulmanagement: Professionell führen - nachhaltig entwickeln".

Program Objectives
(1) Educational administration at an institution of education is a complex task requiring planning and leadership skills, learning how to coordinate and control activities as well as an ability to stimulate, supervise, and coordinate complex change processes. These complexities are reflected in the job descriptions for school principals and directors.

The graduate program in "School Management" focuses on the continual development of educational, functional, social and personal skills required for leaders in education. Program participants will acquire the following:

• Leadership and management skills at educational institutions
• Human resource and team development
• Quality management and quality development
• School and educational curricula development
• External relations and opening an educational institution
• Research methods and conducting research

The program aims at personality development and professionalism in a leadership role. Learning experiences and skills in this area enable integrative knowledge in individual subjects and are acquired in each subject designed to accompany the student's personal development process during the program. Participants acquire research skills to evaluate and further develop one's skill set and by creating a course, students learn about qualified academic work and reflect in other areas as well as learning about leadership on a daily basis. Gender and diversity are addressed in various courses in accordance with their significance in managing an educational institution.

The skills acquired, expanded upon and deepend through the program allow graduates to assume a leadership and management position at an educational institution in accordance with national and international quality standards.

(2) The post-graduate program in School Management is aimed at graduates in teacher education studies at universities or education colleges as well as qualified individuals in humanities and cultural studies who wish to be active in the management of an educational institution.

(3) The program's teaching objective is primarily attained didactically and theory will be closely linked to hands-on approaches. Students are expected to actively participate and content addressing relevant issues in the field is conveyed by instructors during class using case studies and class assignments. During the course of the program, research-related knowledge will be acquire and practiced, project assignments will address relevant issues pertaining to managing an educational institution and will also support the final Master's degree thesis.

Admission Requirements:
(1) In addition to a minimum of two years of work experience in the field, applicants applying for admission to the graduate program "School Management" must have
1. successfully completed a teacher education degree program (graduates with a Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma degree awarded by an university or educational college) or
2. a Bachelor, Master's or Diploma degree in Humanities, Cultural Studies, or Social Sciences and Economics in Sociology, Psychology, Education/Pedagogics or
3. an equivalent degree awarded by a recognized post-secondary institute of education in Austria or abroad.
(2) More qualified applicants will be given preference. The decision will be rendered by the Vice Rector of Teaching upon recommendation of the program's Academic Director.
(3) The start of a new program is contingent on a minimum number of admitted participants. Admission will become official when the minimum number of participants is attained.

Program: Graduate Program in School Management
Degree Awarded: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Duration: 6 semesters

The next scheduled program will begin on September 1, 2016
Information Session: April 26, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at the University College of Education Upper Austria (PH OÖ)

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