The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for individuals who have a strong commitment to career and technical education (CTE) and desire a leadership position at the secondary or post secondary level. The program allows individuals to develop essentials skills for leadership within Michigan’s Career Preparation System.
The program has two essential components. Beginning at the start of the academic year participants attend a monthly seminar held on a selected weekend (Friday evening/Saturday morning and afternoon). The seminar is held at various locations throughout the state and deals with administrative and instructional issues affecting career and technical education. Participants or their sponsoring organization are responsible for tuition, fees, travel, meals and lodging expenses involved with the program.
The second component includes an internship or field experience for the academic year under the supervision of a community college, local, or regional school administrator involved with career and technical education. The internship experience includes the development of a proposal detailing the need for the specific activity(ies), process and products designed to improve the quality of career preparation programs and services at the sponsoring organization. It is expected that each intern will spend an average of 9-12 hours per week working on projects and activities identified in the field experience proposal.
Topics included in the seminars and application exercises completed during the internship are based upon the major duties and tasks performed by career preparation system administrators. Program content was developed using a Designing a Curriculum (DACUM) content determination strategy. Program content includes instruction in the following duties and tasks:
Business and Financial Management
Facilities and Equipment Management
Integrate Academic and CTE Programs
Professional Staff and Development
Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
If accepted into the LDP program, participants must be admitted into the Graduate College. Participants must enroll in these courses during the academic year:
Upon successful completion of the required courses and satisfactory field experience evaluations, LDP participants will receive a certificate of completion from a student-centered research institution recognized for its academic excellence. The certificate documents leadership and administrative competencies in career and technical education.