Superintendents’ candidates: comparing education resumes

Republican state superintendent’s candidate Sherri Ybarra acquired an educational specialist’s degree from the University of Idaho in August, and has been admitted into the U of I’s doctoral plan, a university administrator explained Tuesday.

During significantly of the campaign, Ybarra had stated she anticipated to get her doctorate by August. But she as an alternative shifted credits from her doctoral studies into the educational specialist’s plan, campaign spokeswoman Melinda Nothern explained Monday.

Idaho Schooling News has looked into the academic backgrounds of each candidates for the open state superintendent’s seat, contacting the candidates’ colleges for verification. Here’s a summary of our findings:

Sherri Ybarra

She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Could 1995 from West Liberty State College, West Liberty, W. Va. The school, now known as West Liberty University, verified this degree Tuesday.

She acquired a master’s degree in training from the U of I in 2007 the U of I verified this degree Tuesday.

The educational specialist’s degree has an emphasis on superintendency. In essence, it provides Ybarra an endorsement to perform as a district superintendent, in which a master’s of education qualifies its recipient to perform as a college principal, said Jeffrey Brooks, a professor of educational leadership and chairman of the U of I’s Division of Leadership and Counseling in Boise.

An educational specialist’s degree is past a master’s degree, but not as innovative as a doctorate. Like a master’s degree, it usually takes 18 months to two many years to full. It is not uncommon for educators to seek out this degree and work as a superintendent while pursuing a doctorate. “The route she has taken has been rather frequent,” Brooks stated Tuesday.

Ybarra decided to change her course of examine inside of the doctoral system, Nothern explained Monday. When that happened, some of her credits did not transfer. Ybarra determined to apply the credits towards the educational specialist’s degree, Nothern explained.

Ybarra nevertheless requirements to reschedule a information class for her doctorate and total her dissertation, Nothern stated.

Jana Jones

The Democratic candidate’s obtained two degrees in specific education from Utah State University — a bachelor of science degree in 1974, and a master of training in 1981. Utah State verified the two of these degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Jones received her doctorate in educational leadership from Idaho State University in August 2001. ISU verified this degree Tuesday.

The candidates’ educational backgrounds stand in contrast to outgoing state superintendent Tom Luna. The first non-educator to hold the elected state superintendent’s submit, Luna holds a degree in weights and measures. Throughout his eight many years in office, Luna’s academic background was a recurring speaking level — and, for his opponents, a stage of criticism.

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