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Dr. Christopher Rateno

Dr. Charles JeffordsAssistant Professor

"This program is designed to prepare potential educational leaders for the rigors of modern-day school administration at the building or district level."

Degrees Held

  • D.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Youngstown State University, 2008
  • M.Ed. – Edinboro University, 1969
  • M.S. in Physics – Grove City College, 1962

Career Highlights

  • Public school superintendent
  • Course development with standards alignment
  • Dissertation committee participation
  • Dean's Curriculum Committee
  • Professional Education Committee

In which online degree programs do you teach?

M.S.Ed. – Educational Administration (With Principal Licensure Option)

Which classes do you teach online?

EDAD 6947: School Building Operations and Management

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

What are the roles and responsibilities of today's building leaders? What characteristics do successful leaders reflect?

Students will gain valuable decision-making skills through real-world activities and lessons and will study examples of building leadership and relate to their own experiences.

What advice would you give to those considering the online M.S.Ed. – Educational Administration program?

This program is designed to prepare potential educational leaders for the rigors of modern-day school administration at the building or district level. A comprehensive program of administrative theory and practical application is centered around coursework in school law, finance and marketing as well as philosophical foundations in school administration. Graduate candidates in this program will be prepared to successfully pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators Educational Leadership exam, required for Ohio principal licensure.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers and educators face today?

The rigors of integrating new standards and associated assessments into existing programs. Most graduate students are working full time and find the demands of graduate coursework difficult to incorporate into their busy work schedules. The advent of hybrid and online course offerings does alleviate some of the anxiety for students as they pursue additional educational degrees.

Why did you start teaching?

Beginning in 1963, I found that I enjoyed working with students in an educational setting. That feeling has never changed, only expanded to teaching adults. Even as an administrator for many years, I never lost my desire to teach whenever the opportunity arose.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Leading in a Culture of Change"

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I like to fly airplanes, drive sports cars and listen to classical music. I played baseball for many years before having to retire due to work-related responsibilities.

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