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The EAD Program within the College of Education is designed to further the college’s mission and goals in four critical ways:
1. Urban and Diverse:Because most EAD credential candidates work within the greater Los Angeles basin, one of the most diverse areas in the country, the EAD program is dedicated to preparing future school leaders to work in urban settings with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Program curricula are constructed carefully to forward this important goal of preparing educational leaders to work in diverse settings. As a critical aspect of their course work, candidates learn interactive strategies that encourage success of all candidates and clients, especially those from low socioeconomic and culturally diverse backgrounds.
2. Theory into Practice:An additional aspect of the EAD program is the blending of theory and practice. Course assignments and projects are connected to classrooms and related sites. Additionally, through field experience in school districts and other community agencies, all EAD candidates are provided with opportunities to apply theoretical issues in challenging practical settings.
3. Standards Based:The EAD program responds to the CCTC Preliminary Content Standards set by the CCTC in 2004. As they progress through their course of study, candidates are provided a range of opportunities to demonstrate competencies to meet and exceed the CCTC standards.
4. Performance Based:To ensure that the EAD program connects with the needs of the schools within our service area, the EAD program is evaluated systematically. Through these systematic and frequent evaluations, the EAD program is modified to reflect emerging needs in the communities we serve, as well as address emerging developments in the professional fields.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou