Program Courses

Educational Leadership Program

EDL 731: Doctoral Seminar 
Successful completion of doctoral-level coursework and in particular successful completion of the dissertation require a specific set of well-developed academic skills and orientations including the ability to: utilize library resources including databases and information technologies; conduct thorough literature reviews; apply theory to guide both research and practice; and comprehend, interpret, critique and produce academic prose. As such, the course provides students with a foundation for growth throughout the program. 
EDL 732: Advanced Statistics + Lab 
This course is designed to refresh student backgrounds in descriptive and inferential statistics, and through review of this background, to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of descriptive statistical techniques, then use these techniques to develop deeper understandings of their applications to advanced inferential statistical methods. Students will become familiar with ANOVA models, regression techniques, factor analysis, and multivariate applications, and use these applications to review literature in their field of interest.
EDL 733: Quantitative Research Design
This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in quantitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of quantitative techniques, including pre-experimental, true experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Students will conduct literature reviews on their topics of interest, and apply their understandings of quantitative research methodologies to literature in their field of interest. Students design a study of their choice applying all aspects of the course, including APA writing style, literature reviews, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice.
EDL 734: Qualitative Research Design
This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in qualitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of qualitative techniques, including interviews, focus groups, content analysis and ethnography. Students will conduct literature reviews on their topics of interest, and apply their understandings of qualitative research methodologies to literature in their field of interest. Students design a study of their choice applying all aspects of the course, including APA writing style, literature reviews, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice.
EDL 735: Case Study Method and Design
This course introduces and instructs students in case study method and design. The course applies previous coursework in statistics, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods to evaluating and conducting case studies in education. As a method for researching "how and why" questions regarding "real world" (or "natural" settings such as neighborhoods, schools, or academic departments), the unique features and appropriate applications of case study method and design are described and analyzed. Published case studies of education (or education-related) endeavors are reviewed and evaluated.
EDL 737: The Persistent Problems of Inequality for Education Theory and Practice
This course examines the history and current status of the relationship between education and various forms of social inequality. Relying on both historical writings and current empirical research, the course analyzes the various ways in which formal educational institutions have been and are related to sustaining, increasing and reducing various forms of social inequality. Emphasis is given to using this analysis to evaluate current educational policy and practice, especially with respect to the transition to post-secondary education.
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 739: Cultural Perspectives in Education
This course draws from the fields of culture studies and multicultural education to understand cultural phenomenon in relation to education. It identifies and analyzes cultural issues at the institutional, organizational and classroom level. Emphasis is given to reviewing theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and demographic trends. The course also identifies and analyzes effective teaching-learning environments in the classroom at primary, secondary and post-secondary educational levels.
EDL 752: Dissertation Proposal I
This is the first of a two-course sequence, in which students identify the final dissertation topic, and develop the major sections of a complete dissertation proposal for research of that topic under the guidance and supervision of an Educational Leadership Faculty member. This course guides the student in all aspects of dissertation proposal design, format, and sequence. Students will provide a fully detailed topic for research of significance to the field, assemble a dissertation committee, and prepare the major aspects of the dissertation proposal, including introduction, theory for the research, review of the related literature, and a set of protocols for the conduct of the study.
EDL 753: Dissertation Proposal II
This is the second of a two-course sequence, in which students prepare the final dissertation proposal, including all elements of written work in EDL 722, and preparing IRB applications, any applicable contact letters, and proposal defense presentation materials under the guidance and supervision of an Educational Leadership Faculty member. This course guides the student in all aspects of dissertation proposal finalizing, defense, and application materials for IRBs. Students will provide all elements of the final written dissertation proposal, follow guidelines regarding its final presentation to the dissertation committee, scheduling of defense, and any required revisions following the defense
EDL 831: Dissertation Guidance
Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. The student will prepare and defend the completed dissertation and obtain the approval of the dissertation committee.
ELH 741: Higher Education Governance, Law and Policy
This course is designed to provide post-secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead their organizations within the constraints and opportunities provided by the current legal context and choice of governance structures. This course focuses on policy creation and implementation strategies while managing legal risks with special attention on respecting the civil rights of all constituency groups. This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to post-secondary educational leaders. 
ELH 742: Higher Education Finance and Strategic Planning
This course provides detailed, hands-on experiences with the challenges that are faced by upper-level administration in the development, management, financing, and planning of higher education institutions. Costs, revenues, staffing, and constraints that face educational leaders in both public and private venues are examined. Extensive examples of organizational structures, personnel and staffing needs, and financial considerations are shown as dependent upon each other, and integral to the strategic planning needed to meet institutional missions.
ELH 743: Higher Education Curriculum
This course is designed to prepare post-secondary educational leaders with the skills to manage the changing world of curriculum in higher education. This course studies the development and management of curriculum within higher education; purposes, uses, and control; program development; and distance education. Emphasis is placed on curriculum evaluation and planning. 
ELH 744: Program Evaluation, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation
This course examines the advanced evaluation of instructional and educational programs, and introduces students to many of the critical issues involved in assessment in higher education. The course places strong emphasis on the assessment of student learning, and demonstrates this through examples from literature provided by a variety of accrediting agencies. Extensive examples provide mathematical and conceptual understandings of differing measurement approaches to reliability and validity techniques for assessment tools. 
ELH 745: Applied Research Practicum I
Students develop an applied research proposal that studies an institutional issue or problem. The student will identify the question or problem to be studied and the student will, under the guidance of the instructor, develop an applied research proposal to be carried out in Applied Research Practicum II.
ELH 746: Applied Research Practicum II
Students conduct the research or evaluation proposal developed in Applied Research Practicum I. The student will obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze the data, and write up the full research report.
ELK 741: K-12 Education Governance, Law and Policy
This course is designed to provide primary and secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead theirorganizations within the constraints and opportunities provided by current legal and governance structures. This course focuses on policy creation and implementation strategies while managing legal risks with special attention to respecting the civil rights of all constituency groups. This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to primary and secondary educational leaders.
ELK 742: K-12 Education Finance and Planning
This course is designed to provide primary and secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead their organizations within the constraints and opportunities current funding streams. This course focuses on legal, equity and budgetary issues, with a focus on improving the efficacy and efficiency. This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to primary and secondary educational leaders.
ELK 743: School-Community Relations
This course identifies and evaluates efforts to coordinate district, university, business/industry, and community service agencies in building effective programs that enhance the capacity of educators to meet the needs of all students. Students learn to communicate effectively with various cultural, ethnic, racial, and special interest groups within the community and learn to involve them appropriately in policy development, assessment, and planning. Students learn to design and implement community school concepts, community needs assessments, community participation projects, and community education organizations. Students develop an understanding of community power structures, including identifying major opinion leaders and their relationships to the school. Students develop an effective and interactive staff communications plan and public relations program.
ELK 744: Curriculum, Instruction and the Assessment of Learning 
Integrates the study of the fields of curriculum, instruction and assessment from the point of view of improving learning outcomes. This course provides a critical overview of current curriculum issues and prepares participants to assume an instructional leadership role in this area. Readings, simulations, case studies, critical reflection activities, and visiting speakers are used to develop understandings of current learning theory, curriculum development, instructional strategies, and assessments. In this way students will have opportunities to practice curriculum standards alignment, student achievement data analysis, and the integration of technology. 
ELK 745: Applied Research Practicum I
Students develop an applied research proposal that studies an institutional issues or problems. The student will identify the question or problem to be studied and the student will, under the guidance of the instructor, develop an applied research proposal to be carried out in Applied Research Practicum II. 
ELK 746: Applied Research Practicum II
Students conduct the research or evaluation proposal developed in Applied Research Practicum I. The student will obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze the data, and write up the full research report. 

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