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Principal Preparation Program Touted

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Principal Preparation Program Touted


ST. CLAIRSVILLE- Ohio University is touting its Principal Preparation Program as the institution’s new offering gets under way this summer.

 Dr. George Ash, regional program (RP3) cohort coordinator for Ohio University Eastern, addressed about 100 high school coaches gathered at an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Basketball Selection meeting in Bellaire and gave a brief overview of the university’s latest educational program. Applications are being accepted now and classes begin June 25. The program is offered to 20 students and half of the seats have been filled thus far.

 He chose the athletic venue saying the coaches played a leadership role both on an off the court, making it a natural fit. The OVAC includes high schools from about 15 counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

 University leaders introduced the program last spring, saying it was a unique opportunity to obtain graduate-level courses closer to home. Students can study programs in educational administration with Ohio Principal Licensure, principal preparation with state licensure and an educational administration superintendent license program. It is a two-year program and students can complete their work at the St. Clairsville campus. Students begin their internship from Day One within a school district and spend time working on practical experience. They would also meet on campus one Saturday a month while the remainder of the work is online. In both course work and field experience, the program takes a balanced approach to considering administrative practice and relevant theoretical foundations.  

 Dr. Ash added that it also does not interfere with a student’s job or personal time and professors from the main campus in Athens would teach at OUE. He said those who already hold master’s degrees could obtain the principal licensure and also get a superintendent’s license.

 The program began through the Coalition of Rural Appalachian Schools, or CORAS, which in the past fought against improper funding. The group has since worked to provide quality programs in the Appalachian Region. To join, apply online at and click on the Eastern Branch icon. For more information on master’s programs, contact Dr. Ash at 740-346-9310 or online at or Jim Rocchi, RP3 local liaison, at 740-491-1329 or at


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