Principal Mentor Resources
Roles and Responsibilities
The principal mentor is the school administrator hosting the principal candidate. The primary responsibility of the principal mentor is to the school and district and then to the principal candidate.
As a role model, mentor, and coach
- Assume responsibility for direct supervision, oversight, and support of the principal candidate while executing the Internship Plan
- Maintain and document close contact with the principal candidate on a daily basis.
- Confer regularly with the principal candidate concerning his or her performance and progress.
- In conjunction with the GCU faculty supervisor, develop and monitor any needed remediation plans for strengthening a marginal principal candidate's performance.
- Provide on-site opportunities for the principal candidate to observe, practice, and lead supervisory and administrative activities when and where possible, in accordance with the Internship Plan.
- Assist the principal candidate in reviewing the ISSLC Standards Self-Assessment data and using that data to build a needs-specific Internship Plan.
- Meet with the principal candidate and the GCU faculty supervisor during the first two weeks of the Internship to review the Internship Plan and discuss the process for implementation.
As an evaluator
- In conjunction with the GCU faculty supervisor, develop a formative (last week of EDA 586A) and summative (last week of EDA 586B) evaluation of the principal candidate using the Internship Evaluation Instrument.
- Participate in a face-to-face meeting or video conference during the eighth week of EDA 586A to discuss the formative evaluation and to discuss the continued implantation of the Internship Plan for the second eight weeks of the Internship.
- Participate in a face-to-face meeting or video conference with the principal candidate and the GCU faculty supervisor during the last week of EDA 586B to review the summative evaluation of the Intern.
- Must be certified, endorsed, and/or licensed as an administrator.
- Serving in a leadership position at the site where the Internship will be conducted.
Principal Candidate Expectations
Having completed all core coursework in the program, those learners in the MEd in Educational Administration program only are now designated as Principal Candidates. The internship is the culminating experience in the principal candidate's academic program of study. The internship is an exciting, yet challenging, learning experience that places the principal candidate in unfamiliar situations, affords intellectually stimulating activities, and allows for empirical application of concepts and skills learned. These experiences will be offered through scaffolding that includes observation, participating and actually leading activities.
- Complete a part-time 270-hour internship during EDA 586A/B. Note: this is the minimum requirement. Some states may require additional hours (e.g. NJ: 300)
- Abide by the rules and regulations of the internship site
- Evidence the professional dispositions set forth by the College of Education while you are there
- Maintain the responsibilities of your coursework, including participation in discussion as appropriate
- Contact and coordinate with your GCU faculty supervisor
- Develop and implement an Internship Plan based on the data gathered from the ISLLC Self-Assessment with supervision and guidance from the principal mentor. Include a professional position
- Meet with the principal mentor and the GCU faculty supervisor in the first two weeks of the Internship to discuss the Internship Plan
- Participate in a face-to-face meeting or video conference during the eighth week of EDA 586A to discuss the formative evaluation developed by the principal mentor and GCU faculty supervisor and to discuss the continued implantation of the Internship Plan for the second eight weeks of the Internship
- Meet with the principal mentor and the GCU faculty supervisor prior to the eighth week of EDA 586B to discuss the Summative
- Complete the Internship Activity Log
- Upload all coursework assessments to the appropriate drop box in the LoudCloud classroom. In addition, upload specific assessments to TaskStream as directed
- Finalize organization of the e-Portfolio you have been developing throughout the program