Course Descriptions

Educational Leadership and Change Theory
Using and Integrating Learning Technologies
Professional Development and Supervision
Introduction to Educational Research
Planning and Managing Financial Resources
School Community Partnerships and Public Relations
Program Design, Evaluation and Development
Dissertation Preparation (topic development)
Leading Comprehensive Student Support Services
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Dissertation Design (chapter two)
Dissertation Design (chapters one and three)
Superintendent/Higher Education Practicum and Field Experience I, II, III
Legal and Ethical Leadership
Educational Policy, Politics and Current Issues
Leadership, Diversity and Societal Change
Dissertation Data Analysis Seminar
Dissertation Maintenance Seminar (0 credits)
Independent Study (1-6 credits)

Educational Leadership and Change Theory
This course focuses on organizational and leadership theories as they relate to K-12 and higher education institutions. The course will also reference the impact of diversity, culture and change on educational institutions. Through linking theory to practice, future leaders will be empowered to make decisions utilizing data, plan strategically and engage stakeholders in comprehensive strategic planning.

Using and Integrating Learning Technologies
This course is designed to ensure that future educational leaders will have strong knowledge and use of current and emerging technologies to assist with the teaching and learning process and to facilitate the management of complex organizations. Students will demonstrate strategies for using and implementing multimedia, hypermedia and electronic networking to implement in their own school settings.

Professional Development and Supervision
This course examines the components of educational leadership that relate to the supervising process and professional growth. Both theory and practice are emphasized. The clinical supervision model is highlighted along with the model of supervision as mandated by ACT82. Best practices in staff development are discussed and students will engage in ways to design, implement and evaluate staff development programs, manage resources and create a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.

Introduction to Educational Research
This course focuses on major methods and techniques of educational research and provides students with the knowledge and skills for the critical evaluation of research. Students will become familiar with the dissertation format and begin the process to outline possible research topics and design methodologies.

Planning and Managing Financial Resources
This course is designed to prepare educational leaders to understand and prepare a system-wide budget plan that allocates resources aligned with the system’s needs. Topics include budget planning related to facilities management, curriculum and personnel, as well as school finance issues related to capital projects, borrowing and debt. Strategic planning approaches, building assessment, energy and community development will also be explored.

School Community Partnerships and Public Relations
This course is designed to assist future leaders with communication skills in the context of both large, complex systems and personal one-on-one or small groups. Successful strategies for responding to the politics associated with schools and navigating the waters of elected boards are discussed and simulated through role-play and case studies. Students will study concepts of public relations, and develop a site-based plan to promote an event, activity or concept and solicit feedback for evaluation.

Program Design, Evaluation and Development
This course is designed to assist practicing school leaders to implement, analyze and monitor the various processes and components of a comprehensive curriculum, instruction and assessment system in a school district. Current methods of curriculum and program design, development and evaluation will be studied. Implications for supporting and sustaining high-quality instruction and learning will be addressed through the relationships and importance of coherence among curriculum, instruction and assessment. This course will introduce students to the tools and resources available to fully analyze and utilize data-driven decision-making. The role of structures for school improvement will be examined, including standards-based reform, professional learning communities, supervision and professional development and communication. Students will develop and submit an applied research project in the form of an Action Plan for School Improvement, based on the current research and evidence of best practices.

Dissertation Preparation (topic development)
This seminar will provide doctoral students with information on the dissertation process and proposal format and enable them to develop and refine ideas for potential research. This course will assist students with topic development and offer consideration for qualitative/quantitative methodologies.

Leading Comprehensive Student Support Services
This course prepares students for district-wide responsibilities related to the coordination of the various functions included in pupil personnel services. Emphasis is placed on the management and supervision of school counseling, child accounting, health services, school psychology and special education within a school district. The responsibilities for coordinating student services within a school district are outlined and studied, including, but not limited to, over-representation of diverse learning in special education, prevention and early intervention, and effective instructional strategies for students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Program and staff development functions, as well as curricular and administrative duties of the student services department, are highlighted. Policies and procedures related to the delivery of pupil services as related to community, state, federal and local social agencies are examined.

Qualitative Research Methods
This course focuses on the major methods and techniques of educational research and provides the skills for the critical evaluation of educational research. There is an emphasis on qualitative research focusing on designs and methodologies, theoretical and interpretive frameworks, ethical considerations, standards of validation, and introductory data collection, analysis and reporting. Students will design a sample project incorporating qualitative research methodologies.

Quantitative Research Methods
This course will study educational research methodology from the more quantitative viewpoint with an emphasis on univariate and multivariate analyses, correlational studies, multiple regression analysis, analysis of covariance and various factorial analysis designs. Focus will be placed on understanding these approaches and how to implement them for individual research questions. Students will design a sample project incorporating quantitative research methodologies.

Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
This course explores theories, policies and approaches for conducting purposeful negotiations and resolving conflicts in the educational arena. The context includes legislation, legal issues and alternatives to litigation. Students will learn about the use of resource management, including labor laws, labor negotiation protocols, recruitment, personnel assistance and development, and evaluation procedures. Current research findings are integrated with support for various approaches in conflict resolution.

Dissertation Design (chapter two)
This seminar will provide doctoral students with information and guidance on the dissertation process and proposal format in order to guide the development of chapter two of the dissertation.

Dissertation Design (chapters one and three)
This seminar will provide doctoral students with information and guidance on the dissertation process and proposal format in order to guide the development of chapters one and three of the dissertation.

Superintendent/Higher Education Practicum and Field Experience I, II and III
This course will prepare future school district leaders and leaders in higher education for complex situations and specialized functions that are performed as part of system-wide oversight in the administrative offices office. Students will explore the political forces that influence and shape decision-making processes, reform efforts and community relations.
This course requires a student to complete an internship with a minimum of 360 hours as a superintendent/higher education intern supervised by a certified school superintendent or the equivalent in higher education. The student will complete and present a leadership portfolio that shows evidence of strategic planning, use of data to inform decision-making, and the potential for substantial improvement in teaching and learning. This course will span three semesters in order to give students a full perspective of the calendar year.

Legal and Ethical Leadership
This course focuses on the most current laws at both the state and federal levels and their impact on the operation of educational institutions for leaders. State and federal statutes will be examined with a focus on accurate analysis and interpretation of the law through case reviews. Law, legislation and court decisions that may impact the rights and responsibilities of faculty, students and parents will be studied and analyzed. The course is structured to assist educational leaders in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that the management of their educational institution through adherence to the law produces a safe, efficient and effective learning environment for all students, while consistently advocating for children and maintaining professional integrity.

Educational Policy, Politics and Current Issues
This course will examine the current issues in education policy. Students explore the role of participants and the procedures used in the development of public policies effecting educational organizations. The content focuses on the complex political, societal, economic and global issues that impact schools and districts. Students will study issues including diversity, federal accountability, legislation, inclusion, unions, gender equity, social justice and equal opportunity.

Leadership, Diversity and Societal Change
This course studies the impact of diversity, culture, ethnic origin and societal change on educational institutions and the emerging leadership styles resulting from these factors. Leaders will be prepared to meet the challenges of cultural diversity and rapid societal change in organizations. There is a focus on how language, gender, race, tradition, education, economic structure and global events interact with organizational philosophy to create behavioral norms at all levels. The influence of all of these factors on leader’s behavior will be studied.

Dissertation Data Analysis Seminar
This seminar will provide doctoral students with information and guidance required to analyze, interpret and format research data as part of the dissertation process.

Dissertation Maintenance Seminar (0 credits)
Students requiring additional time to complete the dissertation may register for billable/zero credit seminars as necessary.

Independent Study (1-6 credits)
Students may enroll in certain courses through independent study or may design action research as a course substitution with permission of their advisor and the dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.