Program Courses

Educational Leadership Program

EDL 701 Organizational Behavior: Theory and Practice
This course draws upon the social and behavioral sciences to examine theoretical formulations and research studies in public and private administration. It provides an overview of both institutional leadership and the assessment of organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Through the use of cases, incident processes, and simulations it provides dynamic, personalized experience in problem identification and problem solving.
EDL 702 Organizational Communications: Theory and Practice
This course examines problems and strategies in many environments that surround and affect educational systems and institutions. The course will also focus on the fundamentals of communication theory. It is designed to assess communication processes, determine problems, successes, and failures in communications, and improve one's ability to communicate in both individual and large organizational settings. It emphasizes the use of cases, incident processes, and survey methodologies to analyze and improve institutional communications.
EDL 703 Contemporary Educational Systems: Law and Policy
This course examines a variety of legal problems, policy issues, which are common to the educational system including both public and private institutions. Among the topics are the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and institutions in which learning takes place. It addresses the concerns for equality of education services, the social imperatives that impact our institutions, and the changing view of societal expectations regarding education.
EDL 704 Contemporary Educational Systems: Finances and Controls
This course examines the trends, current conditions, and future prospects for financing education in the United States. Demographic, economic, and political contexts are examined as well as the role of federal, state, local, and private support of our institutions. Constraints and incentives facing educational leaders in both public and private venues are examined. Emphasis is placed on different strategies employed to review goals, secure needed revenue, and control the mission and the personnel required to accomplish the aims of the institutions.
EDL 705 Cultural Perspectives in American Education
This course examines the linkages between educational theory and practice and the larger context of ethical, philosophical, economic, political, and cultural phenomenon that characterize United States society. It explores major educational institutions in our culture and nontraditional systems. It studies current and projected changes in institutional behavior and examines how educational perspectives are woven into the fabric of our society. While focusing on the cultural perspectives in American education, this course addresses the many and varied issues of relevance to diversity and equity. It explores the social, historical, and cultural construction of "difference" and how they play out in personal and professional relationships in educational settings and related human service fields. Attention is given to categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and special needs. Culturally appropriate strategies for creating effective teaching-learning environments are examined.
EDL 706 Advanced Curricular Issues and Perspectives
This course provides an overview of advanced curricular planning and arrangements based on the needs of traditional and nontraditional learners. Newer curricular arrangements are examined including open curricula, distance learning, schools without walls, and the extended campus institutions. Emphasis will be placed on the extension and reconstruction of career training and continuing, lifelong learning in the light of social and institutional change.
EDL 707 Assessment Issues in Education and Instruction
This course examines the advanced evaluation of instructional and educational programs in both traditional and non-traditional institutions. General procedures in educational evaluation provide a framework in which the special problems posed by changing societal expectations are examined. Competency and standardized systems of measurement are considered and alternative forms of measurement are studied as a means of validating instructional outcomes.
EDL 708 Computers and Technology in Education
This course examines the use of computers and Technology in educational institutions with an emphasis on their application to instruction, learning, assessment, information collection and analysis, school management, staff development, and social equity. Applications will be made to curricular programs, student progress, competency evaluation, and institutional amelioration. Students will examine at length available software and programs and will examine the use of computers and technology in their own institutions with an eye to educational improvement.
EDL 711 Intra-Institutional Problem Solving
This course will consist of individual or small group research or evaluation experiences related to inter-institutional issues or problems. The question or problem to be studied will be identified and a self-designed learning plan or prescription will be developed by the student under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a qualified field mentor. This course will be limited to students who have completed the Comprehensive Core and appropriate portions of the Professional Concentration. Completion of the course will be marked by faculty, peer, and self-review of a submission of scholarly work in the form of a portfolio and presentation of an oral summary at a doctoral symposium.
EDL 712 Inter-Institutional Problem Solving
This course will consist of individual or small group research or evaluation experiences related to inter-institutional issues or problems. The question or problem to be studied will be identified and a self-designed learning plan or prescription will be developed by the student under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a qualified field mentor. This course will be limited to students who have completed the Comprehensive Core and appropriate portions of the Professional Concentration. Completion of the course will be marked by faculty, peer, and self-review of a submission of scholarly work in the form of a portfolio and presentation of an oral summary at a doctoral symposium.
EDL 721 Advanced Research Methods in Education
This course will provide tutorial guidance and advanced preparation in either quantitative or qualitative research analysis dependent upon the research methodology appropriate to the emerging dissertation questions proposed by the doctoral student. The course will extend prior graduate training in research methodology and will concentrate on those processes most related to the proposed study. Instruction will be provided by a faculty member and a qualified field mentor who is acquainted with the research being proposed.
EDL 722 Proposal Identification, Development and Completion
This course is intended for doctoral students who have completed the Advanced Research Methods course or who enroll simultaneously in the two courses. Under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a qualified field mentor, the student will develop a dissertation proposal in the customary form of a statement of the problem to be studied, its significance to the field, a review of the related literature, and a set of protocols for the conduct of the study. At the conclusion of the course, the student should have both a completed dissertation proposal and the competency to defend it in an oral presentation to the dissertation committee.
EDL 801 Completion of the Dissertation
Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. Following the defense of the completed dissertation and the approval of the committee, the doctoral student will present an oral report on the findings and conclusions of the study to a faculty-student symposium.

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