JoAnn Mulder

Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Lawrence B. Schlack

Second Advisor

Dr. Carol Sheffer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The internship project is a requirement for the Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. The intern chose to fulfill this requirement in a particular school district. The intern centered her project around the role of an elementary principal.

The school district is located just north of a city with a population of 50,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is approximately 150 miles west of Detroit, Michigan, and 170 miles northeast of Chicago, Illinois. The school system serves students K-12 with a total enrollment of 3,600 students. In addition, the system serves as fiscal agent for a community education program which includes high school completion, recreation, enrichment, vocational training, and leisure-time activities.

The internship involved one semester and one summer break working with school personnel in the area of the duties of an elementary principal. It included planning and implementing four separate programs.