Educational Leadership Courses
Abbreviated descriptions of the seven courses required for the CAS follow. All but the Internship may serve as electives for the EdD, if selected in consultation with the student’s doctoral program advisor.
EDUC 606 - Curriculum Leadership. Exploration of standards-based and alternative approaches to developing, organizing, implementing, supervising and evaluating PreK-12 curricula. Interactions among curriculum, instruction and assessment.
EDUC 608 - School Finance and Business Operations. Concepts and tools needed to understand, manage, and improve school business operations, budgeting, and resources. Leaders' fiscal responsibilities are situated in the context of state and federal education finance systems.
EDUC 609 - Assessment for Student Learning and School Improvement. Examination of multiple purposes for, and means of assessing, children’s learning. Emphasis on implications for the support of diverse learners. Analysis and interpretation of student data for instructional, program and school improvement.
EDUC 672 – Processes of Supervision & Professional Development
Application of relevant knowledge-bases for facilitating the professional growth of adults in PreK-12 schools. Emphasis on leadership for the continuous development of one's own and others' potential. Exploration of varied supervisory approaches and communication methods. Analysis of current practices pertinent to formative assessment and summative evaluation of teaching.
EDUC 673 – Leadership in Educational Settings
Focus on theories, principles, and informed practices that advance schools as learning organizations for all constituents. Emphasis on leadership as a values- and vision-driven process of influencing others to collaboratively achieve strategic, mutually-beneficial, systemic goals. Challenges and change opportunities are critically examined through multiple frames. Attention to both support for teacher leaders and development of administrative leaders.
EDUC 675 – Planning & Policy Development in Education
Examination of the political, economic, and social forces that shape educational policies and school reform. Exploration of the local, state, and federal contexts of policy-making and different methods of policy analysis. Students conduct in-depth analyses of contemporary policies and reforms and the major issues, institutions, and leaders involved.
EDUC 692 – Internship
Capstone experiential learning practicum for prospective administrative leaders in PreK-12 schools and districts. Open only to matriculated students in the Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program. Prerequisites: 24 CAS credit hours, including EDUC 673; plus written Internship Proposal requiring approval by CAS Program Coordinator.