Educational Leadership (EDLD)


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5001. Advanced Education Workshops in Teaching and Administration (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced workshop activities and experiences in administration. A maximum total of 6 hours of credit may be earned either simultaneously or in different semesters.

5306. School-Based Leadership (3). Examines the major theories, concepts, and empirical findings related to school-based leadership.

5310. Instructional Supervision (3). Principles, planning, organizations, and processes of supervision in both elementary and secondary schools, including TAP.

5320. Data-Driven Communication and Decision Making (3). An in-depth exploration of the use of data and data communication strategies for decision making by principals.

5325. Decision Making in Educational Leadership (3). An in-depth exploration of decision making within the context of school leadership. Explores the irrationality of decision making, the role of emotion, heuristics and biases, and decision making under uncertainty, which includes bounded rationality.

5330. Staff Development (3). Principles and procedures of organizing programs of school improvement through comprehensive and ongoing staff development.

5340. Educational Law (3). Introduction to the legal aspects of educational organizations, focusing on the school building level and emphasizing the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers, and administrators. (AGED 5340)

5350. School Personnel and Fiscal Management (3). Introduction to the concepts of fiscal and human resource management with an emphasis on site-based decision making.

5351. Communication for School Leaders (3). Study and application of interpersonal communication theory and research as related to organizational, social, and environmental contexts. Individual conferencing, informational and employment interviewing, and group dynamics are included.

5361. Process of Educational Change (3). A study of the knowledge base of change management in education. Application of the cognitive understandings to national change models and local settings.

5370. Implementation Challenges in Educational Leadership (3). Involves students in implementation challenges in their internship school. Working with host ISD administration, students focus on how to implement change and overcome implementation challenges through instructional leadership, data-driven leadership, communications, etc.

5380. The School Superintendent and Educational Governance (3). Prerequisite: Admission to superintendent certification program. Prepare educational leaders for the national, state, and local aspects of school district governance in the 21st century.

5381. School District Resource Management (3). Prerequisite: Admission to superintendent certification program. Critical analysis of the business services of school districts, emphasizing planning, budgeting, resource management, fiscal operations, and accountability.

5382. The Superintendency, Organizational Politics, and Legal Issues (3). Prerequisite: Admission to superintendent certification program. Emphasis on political and legal knowledge, skill and competencies; also board and superintendent relationships, conflict resolution, communications, and community relations.

5385. Teams in Educational Leadership (3). An in-depth application of how principals form teams, work as team members, lead teams that result in building relationships that achieve results, and manage people/processes and climate.

5391. School and Community (3). Explores the development of collaborative culture at school, enlist community support, and form partnerships with businesses, universities, and parents. Addresses improved communication among increasingly diverse members of the school staff, parents, students, community members, and media. (AGED 5391)

5392. Principal Internship in Education (V3-6). Prerequisite: The internship can only be taken as the final course in the principal certification program. Guided experiences in principalship. May be repeated for credit with a maximum of 6 credit hours.

5394. Superintendent Internship in Education (3). Prerequisite: Admission to superintendent certification program. Guided experiences in central office administration under the supervision and direction of a central office administrator and a university professor. The internship can only be taken as the final course in the superintendent's certification program.



6001. Advanced Study of Special Topics in Educational Administration (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and admission to doctoral program. An organized course to foster in-depth study of a current topic in Educational Leadership. Course work will focus on one major current topic. May be repeated for credit.

6300. Organizational Theory in Education (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Theories and paradigms to determine implications for theory development, for research activities, and for practical applications.

6310. Educational Leadership Ethics (3). Exploration of philosophical platforms, ethical/intuitive decision-making processes, secular ethics, and the interplay between cultural and personal value shifts that impact educational leadership.

6321. Educational Finance (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. The development and content of public school finance policy in the United States focusing on the fiscal, political, legal, and economic and normative dimensions.

6330. Educational Leadership, Democracy, and Schools (3). Exploration of democratic principles, philosophy, and past and present cultural influences on our democracy and schools.

6340. Educational Policy and the Law (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program The interplay of the law and public policy emphasizing the relationship between legal decisions and educational practices from the perspectives of the governing board and central administration.

6341. Legal Issues With Special Populations (3). Prerequisite: EDLD 5340 or consent of instructor. Prepare educational leaders for legislative and litigating aspects of working with special populations.

6351. Organizational Communication in Education (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. The study of organizational communication theory and research as related to theoretical issues, environments, and patterns in education. Organizational communication methodology and process are included.

6361. Doctoral Seminar in Educational Administration (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Advanced analysis and synthesis of research and practice concerning problems and issues in educational leadership. May be repeated for credit.

6385. Research in Educational Administration (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Survey of educational leadership research focusing on contemporary issues, techniques in research design and methodology (qualitative and quantitative), and grantsmanship.

6392. Doctoral Internship in Educational Leadership (3). Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program and consent of instructor. The application of reflective practice to problems of leadership in a school setting. Expert practitioners and University professors coach students through a process of thinking about the definition and solution of problems as they develop and test plans for action.



7000. Research (V1-12).



8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12). 

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