Academic Inquiry and Action Research (3)
This course introduces the research process including practical action research. Topics include reflection, practice, and analysis of information from references and formal published research, and examination of the principles of action research to determine how educators can effectively apply them in their place of work. Using technology, students will evaluate research and conduct a formal review of the literature on a selected research topic related to making a positive impact on student learning.
Professional Growth, Assessment, and Practicum (3)
Candidates complete a self-assessment of their current knowledge and skills related to educational leadership. Topics covered include professional development, reflection, certification standards, professional and collegial networks. An experienced educational leader supports the candidates' self-assessment in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for school leadership, analysis of their instructional context, and development of a Professional Growth Plan for school and/or program leadership.
School Climate and Culture (3)
School Climate and Culture prepares candidates to foster a positive school climate that results in improved outcomes for all students. Topics include social emotional learning; student achievement; educator, student, family, and community perspectives; cultural diversity; equity; restorative justice; and systems of support. Candidates apply research based practices to ensure a positive and supportive learning community.
Technology for School Leaders (3)
This course introduces candidates to technology literacy and applications in order to find, evaluate, and apply information to inform and improve student learning and teacher pedagogy. Candidates use digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information in order to plan and conduct quality research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions. Applications include an electronic portfolio, instructional and curricular decisions, research and assessment, assistance to teachers, and the impact of technology on school and societal change.
Educational Leadership (3)
This course develops the candidate's capacity for leadership in an educational/school setting. The course is a survey of such topics as positive impact on student learning; moral, resilient, servant, shared, and/or transformational leadership; diversity in schools; and the role of schools in modern society. The candidate begins work on the program's e-portfolio that includes a self-assessment and Professional Growth Plan addressing the competencies for school and program leadership.