Educational Leadership and Administration Certificate

Level Up Your Teaching Career with an Educational Leadership and Administration Certificate

The Educational Leadership and Administration certificate program prepares graduates for K-12 building-level administration. Graduates will be equipped to work effectively as a school administrator with students, parents, and other educators. The program emphasizes ethical leadership, fiscal responsibility, social equity, and quality communication through curriculum and directed field experiences. The program is designed to meet national requirements of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the Educational Leadership and Administration Certificate program.

Courses

ED5111

Program Orientation

Introduction to graduate studies and requirements for the School Principal program.

ED5123

Fundamentals of Public School Leadership

Basic principles and practices in modern school administration will be studied including: Basic Theories of Administration and Leadership, Developing a Strong School Climate and Culture, Improving School Climate and the Learning Environment, Elements of School Culture and How to Mold Organizational Culture, The Principal as an Instructional Leadership, The Organizational Leadership Role of the Principal, Ethical Decision-Making, and Leadership and Student Success – Data Driven Decision-Making. This course is part of the clinical field experience requirement for the program and ten hours per week in a school site is required.

ED5133

Current Issues in Public Education

A study of the trends, issues, (and) problems in education related to the student, program, school organization, staff, material and Master of Education, the school building, and the process of innovation and change.

ED5213

Public School Law

Examination of federal and state constitutional provisions, statutes, judicial decisions, and agency regulations which affect education. Special emphasis upon current and emerging issues. Topics will include: Governance of Education at the State and Local Levels, Special Education, Dismissal and Non-renewal of Employees, Tort Liability, Church-State Issues, Pupil Discipline Issues, and Freedom of Expression for Employees and Students.

ED5223

Evaluation and Supervision of Personnel and Instruction

The role of the administrator as an instructional leader. Topics will include: Application of leadership theory to clinical supervision, evaluation of faculty and staff and an examination of the administrator’s role as an instructional leader; Evaluation of instructional approaches and programs; and Curriculum evaluation, development, current issues, and trends related to elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools. This course is part of the clinical field experience requirement for the program and ten hours per week in a school site is required.

ED5233

Principalship

A study of principles of K-12 public school administration with an emphasis on organizational structure and the leadership role of the principal. Approaches to problem-solving are also stressed. Topics will include: Visionary and Instructional Leadership, Developing a Strong School Climate and Culture, Developing a School Improvement Plan, Promoting Community Collaboration and Public Relations, Politics of Education, and Leading Organizational Change.

ED5313

Public School Finance

Sources of school finance control of expenditures, and general principles of financial administration. Topics will include: Education Finance Issues including Bond Issues, Insurance, Basic Budgeting Procedures, and Risk Management; Strategic Planning, and Personnel Issues. This course is part of the clinical field experience requirement for the program and ten hours per week in a school site is required.

ED5331

School Administration Practicum and Portfolio

Supervised practical experiences dealing with the administration of public schools. Students will develop and refine competencies in the application of theory to administration practices. A program portfolio will also be submitted and reviewed according to departmental guidelines.

ED5432

Building-level Internship

Supervised practical experiences dealing with the administration of public schools. Students will develop and refine competencies in the application of theory to administration practices. A program portfolio will also be submitted and reviewed according to departmental guidelines (130 practicum/internship hours). This course is part of the clinical field experience requirement for the program and ten hours per week in a school site is required.

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