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.
School Law (3)
This course examines the legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders. The leader is responsible for the rights of students, parents, and personnel; responsibilities of school personnel in regard to child abuse and drug abuse; liabilities, negligence, and torts; laws governing handicapped and special needs students and personnel; equity and nondiscrimination; public disclosure; certification and contracts; collective bargaining; and program management. The student will build capacity to apply legal regulations to the educational setting.
School Finance/Operations (3)
In this course, candidates develop an understanding of how schools are financed and knowledge of best practices in the acquisition of resources, budgeting, accounting, and the fiscal stewardship of the school’s human and financial resources. Topics include the formulation of the budget, the development of budget priorities, the administration of budget expenditures, the school’s facilities, and financial resources. Candidates become knowledgeable about the budgeting process and the school financial management responsibilities of the educational leader.
Change Management (3)
This course prepares candidates to become facilitators of change management through continuous school improvement. Candidates study and experience practical strategies for managing change processes associated with continuous school improvement including assessing and analyzing student achievement data, creating collaborative school cultures, and designing change initiative action plans. Candidates build a School Leader's Toolbox equipped with research-based strategies.
Human Resource Management In Education (3)
This course addresses the knowledge and skills of personnel management in schools and school systems. Topics include human resource management systems in employee recruitment, performance appraisal, staff and program assessment, the supervision and the professional development of certificated and classified employees, separation, and the development and supervision of volunteers and partners. Candidates apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management.
Supervision of Instruction (3)
In this course, candidates develop leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning. Candidates examine what exemplary school leaders do to create: a vision for success; a focus on teaching and learning; a continuous shared decision making process that involves all stakeholders; and a code of ethics that develops and sustains a climate of trust and the protection of the rights of all students, families, and staff. Candidates evaluate a school and/or school system improvement process and become familiar with research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, data-driven backward-design curriculum processes, shared site-based decision-making, and pathways for promoting the achievement of all members of the learning community.
Conflict Management and Community Relations (3)
In this course, candidates explore the role of the educational leader in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate that is respectful of the entire school community. Candidates apply best practices in community relations and engagement and theories of conflict management in school settings. Candidates learn to apply several systemic models for conflict management, resolution, negotiation, and problem solving involving interpersonal and group processes.