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 who takes 2-3 courses per semester, including during the summer, can be finished with the program in two years.

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. Practices and procedures that may be employed to develop mutual understanding between the citizens of a community and their public schools.

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 683 Leadership for Learning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment to Support Improved Student performance—3 hours. Designed to provide emphasis on foundations and concepts of curricular and instructional leadership related to organizational patterns and practices, staff productivity, team building, special needs students, instructional technology, curriculum trends, and the change process. Students and program assessment will focus on applying assessment to improve teaching and learning in the classroom.

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


COUN 620 Foundations of Research—3 hours. Instruction in behavioral research. Topics covered include scientific methodology, measurement, observation, data collection, statistical analyses, design of experiments, interpretation of and generalization from data.


EPSY 620 Foundations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research—3 hours. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in behavioral sciences. Topics covered include scientific methodology; measurement; evaluation; quantitative/qualitative designs; data collection; data analysis; interpretation of and generalization from data.

PLUS the Culminating Principal Internship Experience

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

EDLR 793 Seminar in Effective Practices for Principals—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.