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M.Ed. and Ed.S. Educational Leadership Course Descriptions

M.Ed. Educational Leadership Course and Sequence Descriptions

EDUC 607 - Research for Today's Schools (3). Study of the principles of education research and how research can improve instruction and assessment in PK-12 learning environments. The course focuses on identifying and defining research questions, reviewing and critiquing qualitative and quantitative education research, developing mixed-methods research designs, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, using the results of empirical research to guide instructional decisions, and the communication of research results. Students are required to develop, implement, write up, and report on an original, field-based, education research project.

EDUC 630 - Advanced Study of Curriculum and Instruction (3). Study of principles of curriculum and instruction related to PK-12 schools; included are sources of the curriculum, methods of organization, curriculum planning and development, the teacher's roles and responsibilities, assessment, and trends and influences in curriculum and instruction practices. A clinical experience is included.

Educ 685 - Strategies for Serving Diverse Learners (3). The course designed to assist teachers in exploring issues in multicultural and special education to recognize how such factors as socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender, language proficiency, and disabilities may affect a child’s performance. Students will study ways of making classrooms, curricula, and instructional strategies suitable for a diverse student population. 

EDAD 600 - Introduction to Educational Leadership (3). Students examine the purposes and organizational structures of educational institutions created by federal, state, and local governments offering programs and services from early childhood through adulthood. Contemporary operational and administrative problems and developing trends are considered for analysis.

EDAD 635 - School Personnel Administration (3). The course focuses on techniques to maintain effective human relations and the use of human resources. Staff evaluation systems, staffing projections, staff-related record management, and benefit programs are examined. The curriculum emphasizes negotiations in the public sector and contract management. 

EDAD 660 - Supervision of Instruction (3). This course provides a theoretical and practical overview of the supervision and evaluation of instruction. The domains of supervision and inquiry into current issues and best practices in supervision are introduced. Students will examine the use of a variety of approaches to assist in the development of practical skills using the clinical process and developmental approach to supervision. 

EDAD 680 - School and Community Relations (3). The development and analysis of appropriate organizational procedural and administrative arrangements for public relations programs in educational institutions are topics of the course. Problems of developing understanding and effective communication relative to the community power structure, student and teacher militancy, civil rights issues, societal polarization, media relationships, adequate financial support and instituting educational change. 

EDAD 684 - School Finance/Ethics (3). Introduction to school finance and school business administration at all levels of school district organization. The course applies contemporary theories of economics to educational funding, sources of revenue, resource allocation considerations, and study of current trends in fiscal structure and operations in education. The curriculum includes discussion of ethics in school finance. 

EDAD 686 - Legal Basis of Educational Organization & Admin. (3). Basic principles of school law with special attention to legislation in South Carolina and related court decisions. Other related topics such as tenure, teacher dismissal, employment, publications and limitations on the Board of Education will be examined. 

EDAD 689 - School Principal (3). This course provides an overview of this key position. Analyzes and investigates roles and functions of principalship. The emphasis of the curriculum is on linking theory to practice, facilitating transition to leadership position, and development of appropriate skills and attitudes. Leadership and management will be addressed. Theoretical concepts and practical illustrations are used to expand insights into the issues facing the school principal.

EDAD 694 - Elementary School Principal in Practice (3). This internship under direct supervision of an on-site experienced elementary administrator and a member of the faculty of the CCU Department of Educational Leadership serves as a critical benchmark for decisions about administrative licensure. The first in a two-semester internship provides practical experience in the duties and responsibilities of the school principal designed to insure orientation in educational administration as a broad field. Prerequisite: Completion of coursework

EDAD 695 - Elementary School Principal in Practice (3). The second in a two-semester supervised elementary internship expands candidate performance of the duties and responsibilities of the school principal. Included in the internship are specialized and in-depth projects related to school administration and problems that reflect candidate needs and interests.

EDAD 696 - Secondary School Principal in Practice (3). This internship under direct supervision of an on-site experienced secondary administrator (field supervisor) and a member of the faculty of the CCU Department of Educational Leadership serves as a critical benchmark for decisions about administrative licensure. The first in a two-semester internship provides practical experience in the duties and responsibilities of the school principal designed to insure orientation in educational administration as a broad field. Prerequisite: Completion of coursework

EDAD 697 - Secondary School Principal in Practice (3). The second in a two-semester supervised secondary internship expands candidate performance of the duties and responsibilities of the school principal. Included in the internship are specialized and in-depth projects related to school administration and problems that reflect candidate needs and interests.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership Course Sequence

Ed.S. Educational Leadership Course and Sequence Descriptions

The one and one-half (1.5) calendar years to complete the degree is cohort-based and taught during the University’s fall, spring, and summer terms. Courses are taught in a hybrid format blending face-to-face instruction, with online instruction, with the three summer courses in year one (1) of the program delivered entirely through online instruction. All of the courses required for the program contain required field experience activities.

In order to graduate from the program, the student must have an overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The 33 credit-hour curriculum for the program follows:

EDAD 701 Advanced Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 701 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). Advanced leadership and management theories will be examined to analyze, plan for, implement, and evaluate strategies for educational leaders to support school improvement processes in rapidly changing social, economic, and political contexts.

EDAD 789 The Superintendency and District-level Leadership (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 789 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). The course surveys the basic functions, duties, responsibilities, and current problems confronting school superintendents. Students also learn about applying administrative theories, understanding organizational behavior and development, developing relations with the school board, and the various other roles of the superintendent and other district-level administrators.

EDAD 735 School District Finance (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 735 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). This course includes theory and practice of business management, internal accounting procedures, and South Carolina public school finance. Field-based experiences are designed to allow students to transfer theory into meaningful practice in school district management.

EDAD 760 Instructional Leadership and Supervision. (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 760 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). From the framework of district-level leadership, this course surveys the process for supervising, improving, coordinating, and evaluating instruction. It includes contemporary trends in supervisory practices.

EDAD 777 School Facilities (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 777 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). This course is about the interaction of facilities and learning in PK-12 education. Students learn about basic facilities issues at the building and district-level including facilities management concepts and processes related to buildings and grounds. In addition, students learn how to plan for and implement facilities development and major construction projects.

EDAD 780 Politics and Policy of Education (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 780 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). The framework of this course is the micro and macro-politics of education in the United States. It provides an introduction to the field of educational politics, the political process, and their transformation into policy.

EDAD 786 Topics in Educational Leadership (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 786 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). Topics are determined by the interests and needs of the students and the instructor including a focus on Special Education, the standards implementation, and instructional technology along with working on field experiences and planning activities for EDAD 794 and EDAD 795. Topics identified and researched in EDAD 786 are used as a basis for action plans designed in EDAD 788 Action Research and implemented in EDAD 795 District-level Internship II.

EDAD 788 Action Research. (3 cr.) (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 788 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). The course advances the proposition that the action research approach is a useful paradigm in the field. After learning about action research methodologies, students collaborate with a district-level educational leader who works with the student identifying an educational policy or procedural issue for action research. Student use the action research topic to build an action plan addressing an issue for implementation in EDAD 795: District-level Internship II.

EDAD 794 District-level Internship I. (3 cr.) (Preq: EDAD 786) The first in a two-semester district-level internship, this field-based course provides experience in district-level leadership roles under the guidance of experienced field mentors and university supervisor. Students are required to participate in and complete a minimum of 150 hours of activities in each of the two, semester-long field placements.

EDAD 790 Seminar in Educational Leadership (3 cr.). (Coreq: EDAD 795, (Preq: Students enrolled in EDAD 701 must hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and be matriculated in the Educational Specialist degree program (Ed.S.) or have the instructor’s permission). Students discuss, design and apply solutions to problems in school administration and supervision.

EDAD 795 District-level Internship II. (3 cr.) (Preq: EDAD 794, EDAD 786) (Coreq: EDAD 790). The second of a two-semester internship, this field-based course provides experience in district-level leadership roles under the guidance of an experienced field mentors and university supervisor. Students are required to participate in and complete a minimum of 150 hours of activities in each of the two, semester-long field placements. A major component of this course is implementing an action plan to address the field-based problem.

Doctoral Degree: The College is exploring options for offering a doctoral degree in educational leadership. If offered, credits from the Ed.S. program will transfer into a PK-12 program in educational leadership.

Alignment of Ed.S Courses by Semester:

 

Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

Maymester Year 1

 

Summer 2 Year 1

Fall Year 2

Wintermester Year 2

Spring Year 2

Course 1

EDAD 701 Advanced Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management

EDAD 760 Instructional Leadership and Management

 

 

EDAD 735 School. District Finance

(online)

EDAD 788 Action Research

EDAD 780 Politics and Policy

(online)

EDAD 790

Seminar in Educational Leadership

 

               

Course 2

EDAD 789

The Superintendency and District-level Leadership

EDAD 786 Topics in Ed

Leadership

District-level Internship I

EDAD 777

School Facilities

(online)

 

EDAD 795 District-level Internship II

 Revised 4/16

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Dr. James Davis at jdavis9@coastal.edu or 843-349-4194.