Department of Professional Studies in Education
College of Education and Educational Technology
Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. The course may focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. In addition, the course may be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. This course is offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.
Focuses on several leadership theories related to administering social agencies, schools, business, and industry. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Acquaints students with the theory and application of the case study approach as related to theories of leadership. Designed to provide practice for future administrators in the following areas: group decision making, leadership, planning and organizing, sensitivity, judgment, and communication skills. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Students must develop and implement a field project that incorporates leadership and policy theories learned in previous courses. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Provides students with a framework for the systematic analysis of curriculum from the context of social, historical, and philosophical foundations and theory and research in the field. Emphasis will be on curricular evaluation in the context of theoretical foundations of curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Students will analyze, evaluate, and synthesize theories of human development and learning. Emphasis will be on learning and development throughout the life span. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Provides students with the opportunity to acquire, refine, and apply the knowledge and skills to evaluate and design educationally relevant research. Emphasis in the course will be on quantitative and qualitative research approaches within educational settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Examines current issues and innovations which are influencing reform in basic and postsecondary education. Relationships between research, policymaking, and implementation will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Explores reflective practice as it relates to the design, implementation, and evaluation of instruction at all educational levels, with particular emphasis on preparation for teaching and supervising in teacher education. Topics include contemporary models of supervision and research on teaching and learning. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Presents a series of administrative seminars that focus on testing, contract obligations, human relations, federal and state initiatives, and evaluation of the organization. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Development and maintenance of a purposeful program of communication between the school and the community through study of selection, organization, and functions of citizen advisory committees and cooperative use of various community services. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Current models for both formative and summative evaluations are presented with emphasis on their application to school programs and other educational projects. Prior knowledge of curriculum development and/or project proposals is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Designed as a basic course in school administration, this course is intended to serve as an introduction to the principles and practices of school administration for students who aspire to a supervisory or administrative position in public schools. Human aspects of educational administration are emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
An understanding of legal principles as they pertain to functions of personnel in public school systems and to persons engaged in education. Study of statutory enactments, review of court actions through case studies, and analysis of collective negotiation law. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Budgeting procedures in school finances, facilities, and management are presented. School budgeting, accounting, bonding, and various monetary applications are presented as well as the various procedures for acquiring funds. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Designed to prepare doctoral students in leadership studies to critique and develop research instruments for use in dissertation research. It will emphasize identifying the key issues associated with instrument design in leadership studies, critiquing the published instruments, writing instrument items, and conducting instrument reliability and validity analysis. Students will learn to evaluate and develop instruments through hands-on activities and individual projects. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Designed to prepare doctoral students in leadership studies to conduct qualitative data analysis in dissertation research. Emphasizes identification of key issues associated with qualitative research, critique of the published qualitative research, transcription of qualitative data, interpretation and presentation of patterns, and use of computers to perform data analysis. Students will learn to analyze, present, and write qualitative research reports. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
A planned, field-based work experience proposed by the advanced graduate student to enhance professional competence, subject to approval by student’s advisor and program director. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
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