EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GE 6015  Introduction to Statistical Data and Research  This course is a comprehensive approach for students needing to conduct qualitative or quantitative research. The course will focus on the practical problems encountered in research beginning with the formulation of the research question and continuing through the preparation of the final research document. This course is designed to examine the theories, techniques, and methodologies of research currently employed for the analysis of educational and social sciences initiatives and investigations.  Emphasis will be placed on applying knowledge of research techniques and methodologies to the critical analysis of published research. Students will be exposed to research methodologies as they investigate various statistical designs and test measurements.

GE 6030  Theory and Application of Educational Administration  A comprehensive and historical overview of the field of educational administration and general supervision are presented within this course.  An examination of the tasks, processes, role development, models of behavior, communication and techniques of educational administration, designed to assist the prospective school administrator or supervisor in their respective leadership role, is the course's primary focus.

GE 6035  Teaching and Supervising Diverse Student Populations  This course is designed to enhance instructional skills essential to working with Special Needs populations, Talented and Gifted learners, English Language learners, varying cultures and unique student populations based on the emerging aspects of a diverse society. This course is structured to present the learner with the essential knowledge base and accompanying skills needed to successfully teach school students who have connections with topics related to Special Education, Talented & Gifted Education, the English Language Learners, Bi-Lingual Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Gender Issues, and Racial Diversity by understanding their relationship to student achievement and school climate. Graduate students will study the history, programs and legislation of each program as they relate to school and its daily operation. State requirements will be examined as will program requirements falling under the NCLB legislation. Program design will be presented as will its impact upon the school and the process of meeting the educational needs of students. Case studies and practical application of program specifications will be utilized in the study of this course.

GE 6055  Human Development, Communication and Learning  This course is a comprehensive approach that explores the major theories of learning by tracing their historical development and considers how they relate to modern educational practice.  The course describes learning from early childhood through adulthood using the concept of lifelong learning as the intended goal.  Major learning theories are applied to the development, implementation and evaluation of program growth as it applies to schools. A companion focus of this course includes individual and group behaviors, communication theory, decision-making, conflict resolution and organizational dynamics as they relate to promoting educational change, staff development, innovation and general school improvement.

GE 6065  Leadership and Management of Special Education Programs  This course examines research and practice related to the development and administration of Special Education programs. It will provide a common language and knowledge of the leadership competencies needed as well as the theory development as it relates to individuals and organizations. The student will analyze existing approaches in schools/organizations with a special emphasis on leadership, decision-making, motivation and creating change. The student will also become familiar with the types and levels of support to address the varying needs of children with disabilities.

GE 6070  Instructional Leadership and Supervision  Roles of contemporary administrative leadership and supervision, with respect to educational program design and management, quality assessment, interpersonal relations, staff effectiveness and the leadership role and process are examined and studied.  Through the process of case studies, this course will focus on the skills of leadership decision-making that will help meet the challenges that schools encounter at all levels of leadership.

GE 6080  Foundations of Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning  This course will provide a hands on approach to the selected methods of instructional technology within the classroom.  Students will engage in computer work and instructional software to facilitate the learning process. Students will examine and study various methods of instructional technology for classroom teaching and learning.  This course will focus on popular technology related issues in current educational settings.  Students will explore web and computer based instructional design software.  Students will examine the integration of educational technology in classroom settings through job experiences, web-based resources, video case studies, and in-class discussions. The goal of the course is to help students achieve a greater understanding of issues and techniques related to the integration of educational technology in K-12 educational settings.

GE 6115 Principles, Methods, Development, and Assessment of Curriculum  This course examines how curriculum is developed as well as the approach to design and implementation. Strategies for collaboration with peer educators and colleagues toward the development and modification, scope and sequence, pacing, spiraling, integration, graphic organization, and mapping will all be an integral part of this course. This course is geared towards classroom teachers who are interested in understanding major American curriculum movements and their underlying philosophies. Coverage spans all major curriculum processes such as development, classroom use, and evaluation by emphasizing the importance of a clearly defined purpose of education as a first step in curriculum development or revision, and as a necessity for classroom use and evaluation.

GE 6130 School and Community Relations  The focus of this course is an investigation and study of the principles, skills, tasks, practices and communication ability of the school administrator to help maintain open communication between the school and the community.  This course is designed to help administrators manage information about their schools and to receive or disseminate it properly.  The study of various media and constituents, as well as a variety of experiences relating to the public relations function of the school and district, is treated as a function of administrative leadership.

GE 6140  School Personnel Administration  A broad, in-depth review of human resources in educational administration is the focus of this course.  The quality of a school system's human resources are given special consideration through the presentation of how members are recruited, selected, inducted, developed, appraised, compensated and protected through justice and bargaining processes.  The function of the human resources program as staff developer for programs such as EEOC, affirmative action and the American with Disabilities Act will be the focus of this course.

GE 6155  Design, Development and Assessment of Instruction  This course is designed to develop a rationale and specific procedures for designing instruction that leads to positive outcomes.  The course blends current instructional design trends with the latest cognitive psychological research on teaching, testing and assessment.  Topics to be considered include current methods of instruction, design and development of teaching, planning tasks, decision-making, testing and assessment and ethical issues that face the evaluator.  Sample evaluation criteria will be provided along with real-life examples and a wealth of ideas for implementing the instructional design/assessment process.

GE 6211  Building Exemplary School Curriculum by Design  This curriculum course is designed for school leaders who are interested in looking at the reality of school change. The course is organized around the logic of backward design with the understanding that results are derived from curriculum, assessment, instruction, roles of staff, policies, structures, and the use of resources. Topics include the development of a school mission, the nature of a curriculum for achieving the mission, elements of a re-formed curriculum, an analysis of learning principles, the identification of general roles and job descriptions for teachers and academic leaders, and a practical three-stage backward-design process for reform planning.

GE 6212  Curriculum Management for School Leaders  This curriculum course is designed for school leaders as they prepare to make choices for the generation of students they are charged to nurture. The premise of this course is that a new curricular approach begins with rethinking and examining choices based on the tensions between critical points from past practice and challenges for the future. This course is designed in order to consider these tensions within each discipline, in interdisciplinary connections and in applications for future career possibilities - for a curriculum that reflects purposeful practice for all learners. Topics include but are not limited to the new essential curriculum, upgrading the curriculum with 21st Century assessment types and skills, upgrading content, new school versions, media and digital literacy, and educating for a sustainable future.

GE 6220  School Law  This course focuses on teachers, their legal authority in the classroom, and the essential knowledge of school law needed for public school educators. School law provides an application of facts, attitudes, and skills necessary for effective performances in specific teaching, supervising, school service, or administrative roles. The course includes an analysis of selected general legal principles, cases, and statute laws. Topics will include copyright and software licensing, privacy and confidentiality, censorship, acceptable use of policies, local and State regulations, the legislative process, school governances, church and state, civil rights, student and parent rights and responsibilities, teacher rights and responsibilities, collective negotiations, tort, contracts, legal research as well as general knowledge of teacher boundaries in the legal sense.

GE 6225  Special Education Law  Special Education Law is a core course required of all students participating in a certification program for Supervisors of Special Education. This course will provide an intense review of the regulations and major court decisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special attention will be given to the Pennsylvania regulations and cases in its jurisdiction. It will also include attention to the corresponding legal developments under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Students will become versed in the procedures leading to the evaluation, identification and program development (IEP process) for children found eligible to receive special education and the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). 

GE 6240  School Finance and Accounting  This course presents a broad overview and treatment of school finance, school finance reform, school accounting and school resource management.  Budget development and administration processes are given special attention through the study of funding sources, school accounting systems and practices and the concepts of General Accounting Principles (GAP).  Students will also explore school resource management as it impacts the economics of school program.

GE 7020, 7021, 7022, 7023 Field Experience: Educational Leadership  The Delaware Valley College 360/300 (Pennsylvania/New Jersey) hour field experience is designed to provide the student with significant opportunities in the workplace to synthesize and apply the knowledge obtained through coursework, and to develop and practice the skills associated with being a competent administrator. The administrative field experience needs to afford the student with sound experiences in accordance with the state competencies established for principal certification.