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Courses

Educational Administration

 

5063. Educational Reform   (3 s.h.)

This course identifies current educational 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.

5300. Introduction to Issues in School Leadership   (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to acquaint participants with the basic concepts, theories, and practice of the school leader, as seen from the perspective of the reflective practitioner.

5301. Leadership for Learning   (3 s.h.)

This course makes central the responsibility of the school principal for ensuring and supporting high-quality teaching and learning for all students and adults. It helps students to recognize and challenge traditional paradigms of school leadership.

5302. Context for School Reform   (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to provide educational leaders with knowledge of the legal background and foundations on which education is based. The course examines legal issues and policies at the federal, state, and local levels that impact the operation of public education.

5303. Leadership in Diverse Context   (3 s.h.)

This course provides the principles for ensuring inclusive equitable learning opportunities for students. It provides the knowledge and skills to plan strategically, creating organizational vision around student success.

5304. School Finance Management, Technology and Communications   (3 s.h.)

This course provides a foundation for understanding the relationships between school plant and educational outcomes. Students study the complex issues of providing safe, secure, and environmentally healthy learning facilities; the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to manage school operations to enhance student learning outcomes; the challenges of budgeting; public communication; and the use of technology.

5305. Knowledge School Improvement   (3 s.h.)

This course helps students become skillful users of information to help them make intelligent, timely decisions and be creative problem solvers.

5306. Change Leadership   (3 s.h.)

This course provides a foundation for understanding the development of today’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment environment. It explores a variety of literature, research-based practices, and case studies to help students recognize conditions and respond to key variables (such as culture, organizational dynamics, and changes in school and community contexts) in their pursuit of enhanced learning and student engagement.

5307. Clinical Experience in School Leadership I   (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to fulfill the remainder of the field experience requirements for a person seeking the Pennsylvania Administrative I Certificate (school principal, K-12); the Supervisor Certificate for Curriculum and Instruction; and for others seeking similar practical experiences. PA requires 360 hours of field experience. In order to be recommended for the Pennsylvania Administrative I Certificate, the student must complete both an elementary and a secondary experience totally 240 hours (EDAD 5307 and EDAD 5308).

5308. Clinical Experience in School Leadership II   (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to fulfill the remainder of the field experience requirements for a person seeking the Pennsylvania Administrative I Certificate (school principal, K-12); the Supervisor Certificate for Curriculum and Instruction; and for others seeking similar practical experiences. PA requires 360 hours of field experience. In order to be recommended for the Pennsylvania Administrative I Certificate, the student must complete both an elementary and a secondary experience totally 240 hours (EDAD 5307 and EDAD 5308).

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

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of higher education 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.

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.

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 framework used to interpret the political dynamics among actors in schools, universities, governmental agencies, and other organizations.

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.

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 and 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   (3 s.h.)

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 semesters until the dissertation has been accepted.

 

Updated 10.5.12