EDLS - Educational Leadership Course Descriptions

EDLS 2500I Content Research Seminar in Educational Administration

A critical review of the research literature in the candidate's major field, as well as research methodology and instrumentation appropriate to the field. This first semester covers the basic concepts and procedures needed to evaluate research critically. Each student will identify a problem in his or her major area, review the literature related to that problem, and design a project to study the problem. This project will be carried out during the second semester. Matriculants only. This course is followed by EDUC 8100I. This course should be taken no later than the semester prior to the one in which the student expects to complete the requirements for the degree. Students who expect to write a thesis should take this course no later than two semesters prior to the one in which they expect to complete the requirements for their degree.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

See individual programs.

EDLS 2501I Research and Assessment Seminar in Educational Leadership

Examination of the basic concepts and procedures necessary for identifying and using strategies, analyzing performance data, and understanding and using research within classroom and school contexts for the improvement of instruction. Each candidate will identify a school-based research problem and design a project to study the problem.

Credits

2

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk.

EDLS 5607G Leadership at the District Level: Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities of the superintendent, deputy superintendent, and central headquarters personnel for curriculum and instruction, business, pupil support programs, school safety, and school-community and parent involvement to increase student achievement and attain the goals specified in the current legislation. Knowledge and skills necessary to build the capacities of central staff and school leaders through support, mentoring, coaching, and succession planning are developed. Strategies for effective communication and interaction with school board members, community leaders, and school leaders are developed. Restructuring and school reform and effective implementation of policies and state and federal statutes are to be studied and analyzed.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 6701G School Management

An examination of the leader's role in managing the organization's operations required to deliver an effective school program. Emphasis is placed on data gathering and analysis in the management of human, fiscal, facility, and technology resources. Candidates will learn strategies that will prepare them to plan and utilize resources comprehensively from federal, state, and city sources to enhance, supplement, and achieve goals and objectives.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7000G Educational Policy and School Administration

Policy formulations and basic issues examined with a view to identifying underlying assumptions. Attempts to analyze and assess consequences of alternative courses of action, including consequences in terms of major issues, with emphasis on the controversies of our time.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7001G Foundations of Educational Policy-Making

Introduction to the process by which policy is formulated, analyzed, implemented, and evaluated. The roles of the educational leader, educational interest groups, school boards, professional educators, parents and other citizens in the formulation and execution of educational policy are explored. Contemporary policy issues are examined and critiqued. Critical examination of ethical issues confronting education leaders and policymakers in a liberal-democratic society.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7100G Leadership in Education I

Introduction to organizational development. Tested concepts and theoretical formulations concerning organizational behavior, participative management, and systematic school improvement. Application of organizational development concepts to leadership behavior, with particular focus on group dynamics and human relations.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7101G Dynamics of Educational Organizations

Candidates explore the foundations and philosophies of education, systems theory, the principles of organizational development, and the change process for systems, organizations, schools, and individuals. Candidates learn to develop and sustain an educational vision for all students informed by multiple data sources, to lead comprehensive long-range strategic planning projects and to utilize effective communication, consensus-building, and negotiation skills.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7200G Leadership in Education II

Organizational behavior. Situational analysis of administrative problems through the application of behavioral science theories in role communication, decision-making, leadership, and organizational change, using a series of elementary, secondary, and central office case studies.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SPED 7100G.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7201G Moral Dimensions of Leadership

Candidates explore leadership theories, develop a leadership philosophy, a professional code of ethics, and a personal growth plan. An examination of issues related to personal and professional accountability is conducted. Preparation is provided in the leadership skills (i.e., motivation, conflict management, decision-making, etc.) needed to influence individual and group behavior and to shape school culture and values in the context of highly diverse schools and student and staff needs.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7300G Curriculum Development and Supervision I

Current and developing curriculum patterns, technological innovations, and strategies for effecting curriculum change. Role of the principal supervisor considered within the context of formulations for innovations in organization.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7301G Curriculum Development

The principles of curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and instructional programming are examined. Emphasis is placed on understanding learners, the learning environment and developing instructional support services for diverse and special school populations. Best practices in curriculum and instruction and standards based teaching and learning are addressed. Strategies for developing and implementing curriculum improvement plans for improved student achievement are stressed. Candidates are expected to develop an eclectic approach to the curriculum improvement process.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7400G Curriculum Development and Supervision II

Theory of supervisory functions. Wide range of techniques that provide for in-service education and staff development, emphasizing clinical supervision and interactional analyses. Guidelines and procedures for the effective evaluation of both learning and teaching.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SPED 7300G.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7401G Instructional Leadership

Purpose, theory, and nature of instructional leadership are examined. This course focuses on the supervisor's human relations skills as a group leader, classroom visitations and conferences, supervisory techniques, teacher assessment, student learning and development, and curriculum review. Candidates explore the role of entry level leaders in the improvement and evolvement of teaching and learning, assessing supervision and teaching, and exploring strategies that promote the transformation of districts and schools into effective learning communities.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7800G Advanced Seminar in Educational Organizational Development

In-depth analysis of O.D. models and processes for improving schools, ranging from individual to system-wide interventions. Providing and refining organizational development skills for those seeking organizational leadership roles within schools, human service, and other related institutions.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SPED 7100G, SPED 7100G.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 7903G District Leader Internship & Seminar

The internship is a supervised learning experience in a district setting that provides an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned and skills acquired during the candidates' graduate program. Candidates for the internship identify areas they need to strengthen and develop a plan to enhance their skills in the identified areas. During the internship, candidates work under the guidelines of a college facilitator and the supervision of a district administrator. Problem-solving seminars that focus on internship activities are conducted on a regular basis.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./ wk.

EDLS 7904G Internship and Seminar

The internship is a supervised learning experience in a school setting that provides an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned and skills acquired during the candidates' graduate program. Candidates for the internship identify areas they need to strengthen and develop a plan to enhance their skills in the identified areas. During the internship, candidates work under the guidelines of a college facilitator and the supervision of a school-site administrator. Problem-solving seminars that focus on internship activities are conducted on a regular basis.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8000G Survey of Problems in Educational Administration and Supervision

A foundations course designed to set forth systematically the problems of educational administration and supervision. May be credited toward a master's degree only with permission of student's major field advisor. Open to non-degree students.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8101G School Finances and the Economics of Public Education

An overview of school finance and educational economics. Topics include: property taxation, assessed valuation, school finance court decisions, federal aid to education, and school finance alternatives. Although New York State aid formulas are emphasized, data from California, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. are also utilized.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8102G School Business Management and Budgeting

Budgetary processes and tools, critique of PPBS zero-based budgeting, and other control techniques. Use of cost-effectiveness measures. Federal, state, and local support patterns. Categorical aid, special funding, and their budgetary implications. Open to non-degree students, with permission.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8103G Management and Organizational Leadership at the District Level

This course provides models, strategies, and applications in use of information sources, data collection and analysis in designing and executing strategic plans for district-wide systems. Management and operational functions of a school district leader including human resources administration, budgeting, and financial operations at the school and district levels, obtaining and using resources comprehensively from a variety of public and private sources, training schools in prioritizing the use of resources, and planning for and utilizing school plants and facilities to support the instructional program. Exploration of safety and security issues and concerns; model plans are developed. Operational plans to implement the district's mission and vision and maximize student achievement.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8200G Education Planning and Systems Problem-Solving

The role of educational administrators and supervisors in short and long-range program planning, resource allocation, and physical planning. The relationship between educational planning and human resources, utilizing organizational development strategies, application of general systems theory, systems analysis, and the techniques of PERT, MBO, PPBS and CPM, etc. to educational and human service institutions. Open to non-matriculants.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8301G School Personnel I

Personnel administration and staff development. Practices and processes in educational leadership. Developing programs; organizing staff and facilities; defining roles of professional and non-professional personnel; personnel administration and guidance; application of techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of the organization. Open to non-degree students.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8302G School Personnel II

Collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance arbitration. The meaning and impact of collective negotiations on public education. Topics include: the background of collective bargaining in public education; the legal and political framework; organizational approaches to, and organizational issues in negotiations; administering the agreement; and grievance machinery. Strategy, tactics, and special issues in relation to educational administration will be studied. Open to non-degree students.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8501I Field Problem Seminar in Educational Leadership

Candidates carry out the school-based research projects designed in EDUC 25001 and participate in seminars to review, critique, and apply current research in Educational Leadership. Critical examinations are conducted of the candidates' school-based research projects.

Credits

2

Contact Hours

2 hr./ wk.

EDLS 8600G School Law and the Administrator

Legal responsibilities of administrators. Requirements of local Boards, including contracts, state and federal laws affecting local operation of schools. May be credited toward a master's degree only with permission of the student's major field advisor. Open to non-degree students, with permission.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8601G School Law

Candidates will examine the constitutional and statutory provisions and principles of representative governance that are the foundations of the American public school system. A comprehensive overview of the origin and legal status of the local school unit, legal responsibilities of administrators, requirements of school boards, rights of students and teachers, evolution of legal provisions for school support; and the importance of diversity and equity in a democratic political system provides the basis for candidate discussion, analysis and application. Contemporary legal and ethical issues confronting education leaders and policymakers in a liberal-democratic society are critically examined, as are the dynamics of policy development and advocacy under our democratic political system. Issues are examined for common legal pitfalls affecting all school personnel contracts and labor relations.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8604I Social Responsibility, Politics, and Education

Rooted in educational foundations, educational philosophy, and current social and economic dynamics, this course provides an in-depth analysis of issues of special significance for urban central office educational leaders impacting the quality, equity, and excellence of education for all students and includes best practices for communicating, understanding, valuing, and working effectively with district leaders, state leaders, community leaders, and other community members from diverse backgrounds. Candidates develop an understanding of the implications of political strategies and involvement in education.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8800G School-Public Relations

A study of concepts, organizational and administrative processes. Functions of school personnel, media designed to promote school-community understanding and cooperation. May be credited toward master's degree only with permission of student's major field advisor.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 8801G School-Community Building

Utilizing the values, emerging issues and trends, conditions, and dynamics impacting the school community and educational programs. This course provides best practices in communication, marketing strategies, media use, and partnerships with higher education, social agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders to build support and garner community resources for improving student achievement.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 9600G Administration and Supervision of Specialized Programs/Departments

The chair's or special area supervisor's responsibilities in such areas as program making, staff development, pupil/personnel, and program/department management. Cases and problems examined in laboratory settings, taught by joint administration and specialized area faculty.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Special permission of particular program advisor required.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 9601G Adult Education

Problems involving administrative routine, discipline, classification of pupils, experimental programs, standards of promotion, and human relationships in administration. May be credited toward a master's degree only with permission of student's major field advisor.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 9602G Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education

The supervisor's responsibilities in such areas as program making, staff development, pupil/personnel, and program/department management. Cases and problems examined in laboratory settings, taught by joint administration and specialized area faculty.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Special permission required.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 9605G Administration of Special Education

Problems involving administrative routine, discipline, classification of pupils, experimental programs, standards of promotion, and human relationships in administration. May be credited toward a master's degree only with permission of student's major field advisor.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

EDLS 9800G Educational Leadership in Day Care

Role of the director in setting priorities for the center and its early childhood program. Supervision and development of staff. Relations with governmental agencies, sponsoring agency, board and community. Open only to matriculants in the Day Care Leadership Program or by special permission.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3hr./wk