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Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership: Sequence and Descriptions

Students in the program will take two online courses during the fall and spring semesters of two consecutive years.  A seven-day summer on-campus session will be held following each year of online coursework, resulting in two summer sessions per cohort.  The summer sessions will be geared for discussion of current issues and initiatives in education while engaging students on a more personal level with renowned experts in the field.

Course of Study (2 year plan)

Year 1 - Fall Semester

Year 1 - Spring Semester

Year 1 - Summer Semester

Year 2 - Fall Semester

Year 2 - Spring Semester

Year 2 - Summer Semester

 

Course Descriptions

ED 501 Introduction to Leadership and Organizational Change
This course focuses on contemporary leadership theory beginning with Douglas McGregor, Warren Bennis, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters through current theorists including Thomas Sergiovanni, Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Philip Schlectey, and Lyn Sharratt.  3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 502 Ethical and Moral Foundations of Leadership
A new leadership practice with a moral dimension centered around purpose, values and beliefs, is studied in this course.  Included will be a discussion of issues and principles designed to transform districts, schools and classrooms from organizations to communities that inspire positive commitment, devotion, and service. 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 503 Framework for Curriculum Development
This course examines the important milestones in curriculum development including the contributions of Ralph Tyler, Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.  Current issues facing curriculum developers and managers are studies from the perspectives of “mapping”, “auditing” and other accountability models. 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 504 Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
This course focuses on the use of qualitative and quantitative data in assessment-based research to inform decisions, to plan and assess school programs, to design accountability systems, to plan for school improvement, and to develop and conduct research in educational settings.3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 530 Issues for School Leaders I
This course examines what the best leaders do to help their organizations survive and thrive. Current issues impacting the change process will be examined in light of the latest research on leadership and whole system reform.  School leaders will be provided with critical, up-to-date information on legal and financial issues impacting schools. Related personnel functions will be studied. 6 Sem. Hrs.

ED 605 Technology for Educational Leaders
This course examines leadership issues in the area of information and communication technologies through critical reflection, discussion, and the co-construction of knowledge. Broadly aligned with ISTE's Educational Technology Standards for Administrators, topics include: visionary leadership, digital age learning culture, excellence in professional practice, systemic improvement, and digital citizenship. 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 606 Advanced Instructional Design and Delivery
The latest research on effective teaching will be explored including cooperative learning “structures”, learning styles and modalities, brain-compatible teaching, creativity, multiple intelligence theory and “the art and science of teaching.” 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 607 School Culture, Supervision, and Professional Development
The course emphasizes the organization and management of personnel functions in education as well as the role of the leader in implementing these functions in a manner that sustains the school culture and facilitates a shared vision.  The course explores the various supervisory processes by which educational leaders promote instructional improvement, growth, and professional development conducive to student learning. 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 620 Internship in Educational Leadership
A year-long internship experience provides candidates with opportunities to apply leadership and curriculum theory in school-based situations.  Candidates, working with school partners and university faculty will develop a plan relevant to their knowledge and expertise that is designed to foster the multiple facets of leadership: improving schools, supporting teaching and learning, and building community and a collaborative culture. 3 Sem. Hrs.

ED 631 Issues for School Leaders II
This course is the culmination of the MA in Educational Leadership Program. Content will build upon ED 530 and further develop the multi-dimensional nature of managing others.  Leadership styles will be examined in more depth.  In the first part of the course, candidates will interact with an internationally known consultant/researcher/author.  Key workplace issues affecting “leaders” and other efforts to restructure will be examined in part two.  6 Sem. Hrs.