Course Descriptions

In addition to the courses listed below, educational leadership students can also take research courses in other College of Education programs.

For some courses, a more detailed description may be available, accessible by clicking on the course number. All course descriptions are updated periodically.

EDLDR 405 STRATEGIES IN CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Managing and coping with disruptive student behavior in instructional settings so that they support the teaching/learning process. Prerequisite: teaching experience or supervised practicum experience

EDLDR 409 LEADERSHIP STUDIES IN POPULAR FILM
In-depth analysis of leadership dynamics revealed in popular film. Focus on cinematic depictions of theory and practical application of leadership. Prerequisite: EDTHP 115 , junior standing, or permission of program

EDLDR 427 (ECON) ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
Theoretical and empirical concepts in economics applied to education. Prerequisite: ECON 302 , ECON 315 , or EDLDR 480

EDLDR 476 THE TEACHER AND THE LAW
An introduction to education law as it affects the teacher. Prerequisite: 9 credits in education or the social sciences

EDLDR 480 INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Development of educational leadership. Relationships among local, state, and federal agencies. Introduction to current concepts and theories. Prerequisite: 3 credits in social science, sociology, anthropology, community development, business administration or political science

EDLDR 481 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN EDUCATION
Analysis of public bargaining, including history, development of legislation, analysis of current laws, and strategies and techniques, including simulated bargaining. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480

EDLDR 485 PRINCIPAL AS INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER
Knowledge and skills principals need to lead instructional design and implementation. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480

EDLDR 496 INDEPENDENT STUDIES ( 1 -18)

EDLDR 497 SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1 - 9)

EDLDR 498 SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1 - 9)

EDLDR 528 EDUCATIONAL POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
Social and institutional forces which shape the public school system and determine national, state, and local educational policy and politics.

EDLDR 530 LEADERSHIP FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Course focuses on school leader's role in developing and sustaining an inclusive learing environment for all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities.

EDLDR 531 LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY
This course examines what it means to lead educational organizations in an increasingly diverse society.

EDLDR 533 THE POLITICS OF LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Theory and practice of the politics and governance of local school districts; issues and methods in studying political decision making.

EDLDR 540 TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Development and use of simple to complex spreadsheet models to analyze common problems faced by educational administrators.

EDLDR 549 DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT AND SYSTEMIC CHANGE
School District Improvement and Systemic Change (3) This course focuses on understanding and leading systemic district improvement efforts.

EDLDR 551 CURRICULUM DESIGN: THEORY AND PRACTICE
The analysis and use of the foundations which underlie models of curriculum design. Prerequisite: C I 550

EDLDR 553 ISSUES IN CURRICULUM
In-depth study of issues and trends in the understanding and practice of curriculum. Prerequisite: formal acceptance as a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Supervision option area

EDLDR 555 DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Study of the components and design of teacher education programs within the constraints of institutional, professional, and legal contexts. Prerequisite: C I 550 or EDLDR 551

EDLDR 557
SEMINAR IN CURRICULUM RESEARCH
Analysis of particular curriculum studies, methods and paradigms, and the general status of current research in the general curriculum field. Prerequisite: C I 400 , C I 550

EDLDR 558 STANDARD WORKS IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Study of significant empirical, historical, evaluative, philosophical, and critical works having an impact on curriculum and instruction practice. Prerequisite: EDLDR 551

EDLDR 559 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

The course examines how educational leaders at all levels can determine, promote, support, and achieve successful school improvement.

EDLDR 560 PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERVISION
Social and institutional settings for instructional supervision; functions, activities, and practices of supervision; supervisory case studies. Prerequisite: teaching or school administrative experience; 18 credits in education, at least 5 of which are methods of teaching

EDLDR 562 METHODS OF CLASSROOM SUPERVISION AND COACHING
Strategies and techniques for supervision/coaching of instruction intended to enhance teacher reflection, self-direction, and autonomy. Prerequisite: C & S 560 , teaching, administrative, or other professional educational work experience

EDLDR 563 DESIGNING STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Designing, implementing, and evaluating effective staff development programs for personnel in educational settings. Prerequisite: EDLDR 560

EDLDR 564 SUPERVISION THEORY
Critical analysis of alternative theories of instructional supervision and in-depth examination of trends and issues in supervision. Prerequisite: EDLDR 560

EDLDR 565 PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Practice and theory of personnel supervision at the central office and building level, including contract administration and grievance handling. Prerequisite: 18 credits in education and three years' teaching experience

EDLDR 567 ORGANIZATIONAL SUPERVISION
Principles and practices of supervision in schools related to instructional and support personnel. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480

EDLDR 568 THE PRINCIPALSHIP
Principles and practices of administration of elementary and secondary schools.

EDLDR 569 DECISION MAKING IN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Decision making in organizational and environmental contexts; case studies of administrative problems; application of decision making models. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 , or teaching, supervisory, or administrative experience or permission of program.

EDLDR 571 EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNING
Educational facilities planning, including use of demographic, curriculum, resource, energy data, and state building construction guidelines. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480

EDLDR 573 PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE
Financing of public education, including values underlying system, revenue sources and taxation, school funding formulas, equity, and school finance reform. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 or teaching, administrative or supervisory experience

EDLDR 574 THEORY AND CURRENT ISSUES IN PUBLIC BARGAINING
Theories of bargaining; legal basis for public bargaining; state and federal labor relations agencies; supervisory bargaining. Prerequisite: EDLDR 481

EDLDR 575 ETHICS IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Explore ethical and legal issues through theory, discussion, and authentic case studies.

EDLDR 576 THE LAW AND EDUCATION
Legal bases for education; rights and responsibilities of school board members, administrators, teachers, students, and parents; due process. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 or teaching or administrative or supervisory experience

EDLDR 577 LAW AND ETHICS IN EDUCATION
The course focuses on issues that have both legal and ethical dimensions for educational leaders and their impact on the "best interest of the student"

EDLDR 578 SCHOOLS AS ORGANIZATIONS
Intraorganizational relationships; administration and the school in its organizational and environmental contexts. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 or teaching or administrative or supervisory experience

EDLDR 579 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOLS
Financial management concepts and techniques for educators: district and school level budgeting process, hands-on budget preparation workshop, and budget management. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 or teaching, administrative, or supervisory experience

EDLDR 580 THE USE OF THEORY IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
Critical analysis of current theories; problem finding and hypothesis formulation. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 , 6 credits in educational leadership

EDLDR 581 FIELD RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Field study and qualitative methods in research on educational organizations. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 , 6 credits in educational leadership

EDLDR 583 CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE
Practice oriented skills and experiences facilitating effective administration. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480

EDLDR 584 EVALUATION IN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Naturalistic and empirical evaluation methods and procedures for educational organizations. Prerequisite: a course in educational administration; a course in basic statistics.

EDLDR 585 (EDTHP;HI ED) RESEARCH DESIGN: IMPLICATIONS FOR DECISIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
A capstone course on research design and analytical approaches to support decision-making in administration and policy-making. Prerequisite: EDPSY 400 , EDPSY 406 ; or AG 400 , R SOC 573

EDLDR 586 (EDTHP; HI ED) QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Exploration of the theoretical framework undergirding qualitative research and its attendant practices and techniques.

EDLDR 587 (EDTHP; HI ED) EDUCATION POLICY AND POLITICS
The political economy and bureaucratic politics of educational organizations, with special attention to the policy making, implementation, and evaluation processes.

EDLDR 588 (EDTHP 588; HI ED 588) QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH II
Advanced study of methods involved in executing and analyzing qualitative research in education.

EDLDR 589 MIXED METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
This course considers the epistemological and paradigmatic implications of mixed methods research within educational and other social scientific research contexts.

EDLDR 590 COLLOQUIUM
Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

EDLDR 594 SEMINAR IN SCHOOL LAW
Research in substantive issues in school law. Prerequisite: EDLDR 576

EDLDR 595 INTERNSHIP
Guided experience in a school or other educational organization in which the student is not regularly employed, under supervision of a graduate faculty member. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 , teaching experience and a professional certificate.

EDLDR 595A PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIP
Students hands on experience in the schools working with an administrator that is required for their principal certification. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 teaching experience and a professional certificate

EDLDR 595B Superintendent Internship
Students hands on experience in the schools working with a superintendent which is required for their Letter of Eligibility certificate. Prerequisite: EDLDR 480 teaching experience and a professional certificate

EDLDR 596 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES
Creative projects including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

EDLDR 597 SPECIAL TOPICS
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

EDLDR 597A -PRO SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

An introduction to disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies in educational theory and policy.

EDLDR 600 THESIS RESEARCH (1-15) or EDLDR 610 THESIS RESEARCH OFF CAMPUS (1-15)
The numbers 600 (on campus) and 610 (off campus) are available for credit in thesis research in all graduate major programs. The bursar assesses charges for these courses at the current rate of tuition, according to the student’s status at the time of registration.

EDLDR 601 PH.D. DISSERTATION FULL-TIME (0) or EDLDR 611 PH.D. DISSERTATION PART-TIME (0)
The numbers 601 and 611, with associated special fees, are available to Ph.D. degree candidates who have passed the comprehensive examination and met the two-semester residence requirement. They may be used for thesis preparation work during its later stages, when the academic activity of the candidate consists partly (611) or solely (601) of work on the completion of research and writing of the dissertation. EDLDR 601 and EDLDR 611 do not carry academic credit. They are entered on the academic transcript to indicate the registration and the nature of the candidate’s academic activity. A candidate registered for EDLDR 601 is classified as a full-time student, while one registered for EDLDR 611 is classified as a part-time student.

EDLDR 801 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHER LEADERSHIP

This course focuses on understanding teacher leadership and its function with the school system.

EDLDR 802 HOW SCHOOLS WORK

Course focuses on understanding schools as learning organizations and how teacher leadership works in such organizations.

EDLDR 894A Capstone Inquiry Project

Completion and public presentation of an inquiry project reflecting an understanding of the five leadership strands. Prerequisite: completion of all Teacher Leadership option courses