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SISD, UTEP collaborate to offer doctoral degrees for educators

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The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, is offering Team SISD administrators and faculty members a unique opportunity to assist their professional growth.

The program will allow a cohort of SISD employees the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in the field of educational administration, and earn administrative licenses such as a superintendent certification, or a principal certification, through the University of Texas at El Paso.

UTEP will work with the district’s year-round schedule to make the course schedule flexible and adaptable for district employees. Instruction will be provided through a hybrid method using face-to-face and online instruction. Classes will be conducted at SISD facilities, online and in the EPCC administrative building.

The Master’s degree program in Educational Administration will focus on K-12 administration, which can lead to a Principal Certification. The courses will include: school-based budgeting, data-based decision making, educational law and administration of school personnel and services.

Participants in the doctoral program will have the opportunity to take courses such as: an introduction to the doctoral program, historic and philosophical foundations of education, social and symbol borders in education, and a seminar in education leadership. Doctoral candidates also will be able to apply research to replicate effective outcomes and improve public and postsecondary education in the border community.

“We are proud to offer opportunities to develop our teachers and administrators, and prepare them for future leadership roles,” said Alisa Zapata Farmer, chief academic officer.

Educators who choose to participate will be required to enroll in graduate school and pay for tuition and fees. Participants also must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or have taken these exams within the last five years, regardless of the score.

Team SISD administrators and faculty members interested in learning about this opportunity can attend information sessions from 4-6 p.m. at the District Service Center on the following days:

Oct. 18, District Service Center Project Room,
Oct. 19, District Service Center Project Room,
Oct. 20, District Service Center HR Orientation Rooms A & B,
Oct. 25, District Service Center Room B.

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