While course sequencing is generally patterned, the curriculum is sufficiently flexible that a person can begin coursework in any semester or over the summer. A student generally takes two courses per semester and 2-4 courses during the summer semesters.

District-Level Required Courses

EDLR 710 Social Foundations of Leadership—3 hours. This seminar is designed to introduce advanced degree seeking students to three perspectives of the Educational Foundations of education - history, philosophy, and sociology - that will enable them to better understand the role of leadership in schools and districts today.

EDLR 751 Administration of School Personnel—3 hours. A study of the policies and practices of personnel administration in schools. The role of the personnel administrator in organization manpower planning, compensation, recruitment, induction, appraisal, development, continuity, security, and standards are important features of this course.

EDLR 753 Public School Finance—3 hours. Principles and issues of public school finance. Revenues, expenditures, indebtedness, and fiscal controls are dealt with in the course.

EDLR 754 School Business Administration—3 hours. A study of current practices and theory in the administration of school business affairs. The role of the school business administrator in budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel, facilities, transportation, food services, collective bargaining, financing, insurance, and computer services are some of the features of this course. Required for the Ed.S. program and for certification in the superintendency.

EDLR 757 Educational Facility Planning—3 hours. Current theory and practice in planning of educational facilities. Determining facility needs, roles of participants in the planning process, site development, specification development, and methods of financing capital needs are features of this course.

EDLR 759 Seminar in School Superintendency—3 hours. A study of contemporary problems of the school superintendent in the areas of leadership, community politics, organizational structure, and relationships with internal and external publics.

EDLR 790 Individual Research and Study—3 hours. Opportunities are provided for supervised and independent study in selected areas. Designed primarily for educational specialist degree students. All work offered on an individual basis with the approval of the instructor concerned and the Department Chairperson.

EDLR 792 Field Research Projects—3 hours. Designed to permit the advanced graduate student to test a theory or hypothesis in instruction, curriculum, or leadership. Emphasis will be placed on the design, application, and evaluation of the project by the student and the faculty.

Building Level Administration Pre-requisites

(Courses that many students may have taken as part of previous graduate level coursework and that may be applied toward the requirements of the Ed.S. Degree)

EDLR 605 Philosophy of Education—3 hours. Educational theories and practices are analyzed using the concepts and skills of philosophy.

EDLR 650 Foundations of Educational Leadership—3 hours. Emphasis on theories of leadership, management aspects of leadership, vision building, professional ethics, working with groups, educational program development, and the political, social, cultural, and legal aspects related to educational leadership.

EDLR 655 Legal Aspects of School Administration—3 hours. Origin and development of school law with emphasis given to its application in contemporary school problems.

EDLR 656 School and Community: Collaborating for Effective Schools—3 hours. Fundamental principles of school administration with emphasis placed upon the application of principles to the local administrative units.

EDLR 681 The School Principal: Leadership for Changing Schools—3 hours. A study of the role of the school administrator as it is concerned with instructional staff and programs, educational vision and values, diverse student needs, team leadership, continuous school improvement, change, and the effective leadership and management of the school setting.

EDLR 758 Principal Internship (or campus option)—6 hours. Practicum for students in the principal internship in a school under the joint supervision of a certificated school administrator and the University. This course is designed to provide students with practical experience related to the principal certification standards and effective practices. A portfolio will be developed to show performance activities that meet certification standards.

EDLR 793 Seminar in Effective Practices for Principals (or campus option)—6 hours. On-campus, regional seminars, and directed study on a variety of contemporary topics related to effective practices for principals. Such topics may be related to leadership and human relations, culture and climate, curriculum and educational program improvement, career planning, staff development, crisis intervention, educational technology, maintenance of facilities, professional ethics, and power and politics.

CIMT 610 Research in Education—3 hours. Instruction in the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to plan and understand research. Exemplary topics include library use, scientific methodology, observation, measurement, selection of a question, design, data collection, analysis of data, and generalization from data.

CIMT 611 Measurement and Evaluation in Education—3 hours. Planning and construction of educational tests and use of standardized tests. Exemplary topics include the role of measurement and evaluation, writing selection and supply items, observation, measurement, published tests, and test appraisal.

CIMT 660 Curriculum Fundamentals (or ELED 660)—3 hours. An introductory course in curriculum which includes the foundations and meaning of curriculum, principles and patterns of curriculum, forms and ways of organizing curriculum, development of curriculum for special groups, forces and processes in curriculum change, current criticisms of curriculum, and curriculum for the future school.

CIMT 770 Curriculum Development—3 hours. An advanced course for the curriculum specialist which will examine the processes and procedures of initiating curriculum change, follow through, and evaluation, with special attention being given curriculum laboratories, community committees, in-service training, articulation, and diversified programs for all students.


EPSY 621 Development Through the Lifespan—3 hours. Students will undertake a thorough examination of developmental changes that occur throughout life. In addition to milestones of development, mechanisms of development and psycho-educational strategies to facilitate optimal development are considered.