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Educational Administration


5027. Research-Based Practices   (3 s.h.)


5063. Educational Reform   (3 s.h.)

This course identifies current education reform interventions that are provoking change.  Additionally, the federal legislation targeting school reform and the implementation of federal programs locally, as well as the politics of federalism in education, are examined.

5402. Action and Collaborative Research Seminar   (3 s.h.)

Action research techniques, problem-driven rather than method-driven, for the classroom/educational setting are the focus. Collaborative research efforts are encouraged.

5503. The Principalship   (3 s.h.)

The principal's responsibilities in the organization and administration of a school are examined.

5505. Introduction to Educational Administration and Supervision   (3 s.h.)

An overview of educational administration is provided. This is a prerequisite first course for educational administration majors.

5513. Supervision   (3 s.h.)

The focus is on the principles, programs, and practices for improvement of the teaching-learning process and setting.

5531. The Superintendency   (3 s.h.)

This course covers the principles of school district organization and administrative problems of size, structure, and staff.

5552. Issues in Higher Education   (3 s.h.)

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of student affairs in American colleges and universities. This course looks at the responsive and adaptive nature of institutions of higher education.

5601. The Two-Year College   (3 s.h.)

This course provides a critical analysis of the characteristics, scope, public policy issues, and impact of two-year colleges in the United States.

5615. Gender Issues in Education   (3 s.h.)

This course is a graduate-level seminar intended to place gender at the center of the discussion of education, in general, and educational leadership, in particular. Although gender is at the heart of this course, considerable emphasis is also placed on the intersection of race and social class in education.

5641. Finance and Business Management   (3 s.h.)

Basic principles of finance and administration with an emphasis on practical implications for the workplace constitute the framework for this course. Simulation of budgets and finance problems enhance understanding.

5651. School Plant   (3 s.h.)

The planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of the school plant is discussed.

5652. Educational Policy:  Decision Making   (3 s.h.)

This blended policy course focuses on public policymaking and its impact on K-16 institutions. Discussions of contemporary decision-making theories guide this course. Practical applications  to education policy and decision making are detailed utilizing decision-making practices in budgeting, public administration, drug trafficking, and information systems.

5661. Personnel Administration  (3 s.h.)

This course examines the principles, policies, and processes of personnel administration in school systems. It may satisfy an elective in programs leading to the Master of Education degree, principal's certification or central certification in Pennsylvania, and the Doctor of Education degree.

5671. Public Relations   (3 s.h.)

This course provides an introduction to school public relations, policies, and practices.

5711. Politics of Education   (3 s.h.)

This course draws its intellectual base from research and theory in political science and public policy. Additionally, these disciplines provide the frameworks used to interpret the political dynamics among actors in schools, universities, governmental agencies, and other organizations. 

5715. Instructional Leadership   (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the principles and practices directed toward the improvement of the relationship between the individual and the organization, as well as the development of a positive organizational climate.

5746. Management of School Fiscal Affairs   (3 s.h.)

The focus is on basic accounting principles, records, and reports appropriate for school fund financial management and bond accounting, cash management, and encumbrance systems.

5771. School Law   (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the legal principles within which public education functions. Court cases and school codes are analyzed.

5772. Law and the Administration of Higher Education   (3 s.h.)

This course emphasizes the legal principles within which higher education functions, with emphasis on structure, personnel, programs, property, and finance.

5895. School Violence:  Risk Prevention   (3 s.h.)

This seminar provides descriptive analyses reflective of the differing perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and parents, and various concerns and issues. This interactive class examines successful school violence prevention programs, how they are influenced by school policy, and how they are administered.

8067. Case Study Research Approaches   (3 s.h.)

Case study methods for clinical investigations and field studies in school are presented.

8093. Administration Research Seminar   (3 s.h.)

This course is intended to assist students in the dissertation proposal process. It focuses on the dissertation topic and key questions; the literature review for the proposal; the methodological plan for the research; and a timeline for moving toward the proposal defense.

8461. Analytical Studies in Educational Administration   (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on ethics, primarily from an analytical perspective. It is designed to explore the moral and ethical dimensions of the work of educational leaders and to assist them in resolving ethical dilemmas in more reflective, intelligent, and principal ways.

8635. Current Issues and Policies   (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the application of policy to educational administration practice.  Issues studied are drawn from  K-12 and higher education at the federal, state, and local levels.

8775. Theoretical Perspectives   (3 s.h.)

An overview and critique of theory influencing educational administration are presented.

8785. Collective Negotiations   (3 s.h.)

The negotiations process in relation to the chief school administrator's responsibilities is discussed.

8787. Administration of Higher Education   (3 s.h.)

The development and scope of higher education, the principal organizational components of colleges, and contemporary problem areas are emphasized.

8905. Advanced Seminar I   (3 s.h.)

Intensive group work on selected administrative topics is undertaken.

8935.Values, Ideology & Education   (3 s.h.)

This course assists students in identifying the cultural forces, institutional features, policy network activities, and interest groups influencing education policy decision making in governmental arenas and other organizations.

8941. Planning in Higher Education   (3 s.h.)

The planning process in the college and university context is presented.

9189. Field Experience   (3 s.h.)

Practical administrative experience in one's own school system is undertaken.

9285. Internship in Administration   (3 s.h.)

Credit is for a field-based experience for doctoral or central office certification students. On-the-job supervision and seminars are provided by the department.

9289. Secondary Field Experience

Practical administrative experience in one's own school system is undertaken.

9982. Independent Study   (1-3 s.h.)

Coursework is conducted on an individual basis with approval of the advisor.

9999. Doctor of Education Dissertation   (3, 6, or 9 s.h.)

Candidates who have successfully completed the preliminary examination must register continuously during the Fall and Spring terms until the dissertation has been accepted.


Updated 7.14.09