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Educational Administration

EDAD/ADOL 630
Introduction to Educational Administration
3 credit hours
This course reviews the theories of administration and practice at the district and community levels. This class is designed to introduce the student to the theories and concepts of administration including personnel, finance, law, school organization and curriculum. Research studies which have been completed by state and regional administrative groups and frequent seminars in administration are held.
EDAD 631
School Program Improvement
3 credit hours
This course identifies some of the innovative research and programs driving school improvement. Initiatives currently in place in America’s schools will be discussed and examined. Further, the course provides the student with ways to access current educational conditions at the school and district level as well as provide suggestions regarding instituting change.
EDAD/ADOL 632
Human Resource Management and Supervision
3 credit hours
This course is a study of the role of the school administrator in managing the human resource function. Included in this course is a study of the organizational dimensions of the personnel function, along with planning, recruitment, selection, placement, development, and appraisal of the individual. This course also deals with the school administrator in his/her capacity as supervisor of the human resources of the school. In addition, the legal aspects of Human Resource Administration are discussed.
EDAD/ADOL 633
Applied Research in Education
3 credit hours
The interpretation, synthesis, and analysis of educational research findings as they relate to action research and program management. The emphasis is placed on conducting applied research or program evaluation, including the development of instruments, collection and interpretation of data, and presentation of findings. Prereq: EDOL 630.
EDAD/ADOL 634
Business Management in Public Schools
3 credit hours
This course analyzes the principles, practices, policies, revenues and expenditures of school funds and school resource allocation at the district and school level. Special attention is given to school budgeting. Other topics in this course may be discussed featuring – but not limited to – finance formulas, financial accounting, purchasing and supply problems, school construction, school equipment, and school insurance.
EDAD/ADOL 635
The Politics of School and Community
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to provide a critical understanding of the political and social forces shaping educational politics in the United States. During the course, students will analyze how policy is made for American schools, and its effect on all of our lives and thinking. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complex interrelationship between politicians, private foundations and think tanks, teachers?unions, special-interest groups, educational politicians, school administrators, boards of education, courts, and the knowledge industry.
EDAD/ADOL 636
School Law I
3 credit hours
A course that is designed to provide basic legal information to the educational professional. Students in this course examine court decisions at both the federal and state level. Topics examined in this class include teacher dismissal and non-renewal, the rights of students and teachers, religious expressions in the school, etc.
EDAD/ADOL 637
School Law II
3 credit hours
This course continues the goals of EDAD 636 and places additional emphasis in specific areas of school law including Special Education, government requirements such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), and other state and federal requirements. Students in this class will additionally conduct research on a legal issue of their choosing. Pre-requisite: EDAD/ADOL 636.
EDAD/ADOL 639
The Supervisor
3 credit hours
This course examines the role of the school supervisor at the three levels of public schools. The course provides an analysis also of the duties and responsibilities of supervisors assigned to specific subjects and grade levels.
EDAD/ADOL 640
School Superintendency
3 credit hours
This course analyzes the role of the school superintendent in public education. Content knowledge, job expectations, and job descriptions are addressed. Also addressed are ways in which the superintendent’s position can be used in order to generate educational improvement.
EDAD/ADOL 641
School System Administration
3 credit hours
This course examines and analyzes the daily job responsibilities of a public school superintendent including areas such as financial management, instructional support and improvement, the management of and planning for school facilities and federal program management.
EDAD/ADOL 642
Strategic Management in Education
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the master teacher and practicing school administrator for developing, evaluating and managing curricula. It will also examine the national, state, district and school roles in curricular matters including data analysis based on schools' continuous improvement plan. Further, this course will address the importance of the school portfolio as an effective way to exhibit a school's goals, achievements, and vision for improvement.
EDAD/ADOL 643
Special Education and School Leadership
3 credit hours
The administration of the special education program in public and private schools is a significant component of an administrator’s duties. This course seeks to familiarize prospective school administrators with the laws of special education and other laws related to handicapped children in schools. Three legislative enactments IDEA, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be addressed. The course also focuses on related topics including; (1) due process hearings, (2) remedies available to parents and school districts, (3) school records, (4) the identification and evaluation of children with disabilities including the process for evaluations, individualized education plans, placement, notice and consent, (5) discipline and (6) best practices for establishing a working relationship with parents of special education students.
EDAD/ADOL 664
Practicum: Principalship
3 credit hours
A course designed to allow the student to gain practical experience in the everyday supervision management and leadership of a school. The student will work under the guidance of a public school principal or other administrator for seventy-five (75) or more clock hours. The hours must be divided into the different areas of the Principalship including budget/finance, personnel, curriculum issues, community relations and transportation if possible. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
EDAD/ADOL 665
Practicum: Supervisor of Instruction
3 credit hours
Supervised practicum designed to provide experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school level. The student, acting under the supervision and direction of one or more supervisors for 100 hours, will perform all the normal functions of a Director Pupil Personnel including program evaluation and improvement. The 100 hours will be divided between two different schools. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
EDAD/ADOL
667 Practicum: Director of Pupil Personnel
3 credit hours
Supervised practicum designed to provide experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school level. The student, acting under the supervision and direction of one or more supervisors for 100 hours, will perform all the normal functions of a Director Pupil Personnel including program evaluation and improvement. The 100 hours will be divided between two different schools. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
EDAD/ADOL 668
Practicum: Director of Special Education
3 credit hours
Supervised practicum designed to provide experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school level. The student, acting under the supervision and direction of one or more supervisors for 100 hours, will perform all the normal functions of a Director of Special Education, including program evaluation and improvement. The 100 hours will be divided between two different schools. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
EDAD/ADOL 669
Practicum: School Superintendent
3 credit hours
Supervised practicum designed to provide experiences at the elementary, middle and high school level. The student, acting under the supervision and direction of one or more supervisors for 100 hours, will perform all the normal functions of a superintendent including program evaluation and improvement. The 100 hours will be divided between two different schools. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
 

Education

EDUC/EDOL 634
Curriculum Management and Assessment
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the master teacher and practicing school administrator for developing, evaluating and managing curricula. It will also examine the national, state, district and school roles in curricular matters including data analysis based on schools’ continuous improvement plan. Further, this course will address the importance of the school portfolio as an effective way to exhibit a school’s goals, achievements, and vision for improvement.
EDOL 636
Problems in Education
3 credit hours
An examination of principles and practices, changing goals, and processes in Education. Involves analysis of topical problems faced by society in shaping educational programs in the school. May be taken more than once.
 

English

ENGL/ENOL 531
Writing Instruction for the Content Areas
3 credit hours
This course teaches the methods of including writing exercises and projects into all curricular divisions. The intent is to show teachers in fields other than English that writing can become an integral academic component in their fields in grades K-12. Students will study research in the field of writing across the curriculum and develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate writing experiences.
ENGL/ENOL 532
Methods and Materials for Teaching English
3 credit hours
This course is the study of methods and materials suitable for teaching English at various public school grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the burgeoning theories of teaching the various elements of an English class. Students will research the field of English instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new techniques and theories, practice writing evaluation, and study strategies suitable to English instruction.
 

Reading and Writing

READ/REOL 531
Reading and Writing Foundations
3 credit hours
This course is designed as an introductory course in reading. Basic skills in readiness, word recognition, comprehension, study skills, and rate will be emphasized. Different approaches to the teaching of reading (basal, LEA, linguistics, and integrated literature content area reading). This course is a required prerequisite to ALL READING COURSES (Exception: students who have satisfactorily completed ELEM 331 and ELEM 338 or their equivalents).
READ/REOL 534
Reading Readiness in Primary Programs
3 credit hours
An intensive study of methods and materials appropriate for developing reading readiness and for getting reading instruction in the kindergarten and early primary grades. The emphasis is on the newer approaches and latest research.
READ/REOL 535
Methods and Materials of Language Arts in Public Schools
3 credit hours
An Analysis of methodologies and instructional techniques, application and methods to the skills and content areas of language arts.
READ/REOL 536
Young Adult and Children’s Literature.
3 credit hours
Designed to encompass all grade levels. Children’s books and young adult novels with varying topics and maturity levels will be examined with a focus on how to incorporate them into the curriculum. Opportunities to discover a study on the importance technology plays in teaching literature.
READ/REOL 630
Diagnosis of Reading Problems
3 credit hours
Current research in the implementation of standardized and informal diagnostic procedures for the appraisal of reading problems. Emphasis in assessing reading disability using the various measures. Prerequisite: READ 531. This course is a prerequisite to REOL 631 and 632.
READ/REOL 631
Diagnosis of Procedures in Teaching Reading and Practicum
3 credit hours
This course will deal with a diagnostic-prescriptive approach to teaching and learning. The diagnosis will relate to (1) informal testing; (2) standardized tests; and (3) criterion-referenced tests. The prescriptions for teaching will be directly related to the diagnostic data gathered from testing. Tests and materials from reading and content areas will be used as a basis for identifying and planning for individual needs. Prerequisites: READ 531 and READ 630.
READ/REOL 632
Strategies for Reading Programs and Practicum
3 credit hours
Techniques and materials appropriate for the correction of reading disabilities. Emphasis is on non-traditional, high interest materials used in innovative procedures. Pre-requisite: READ 531 and READ 630. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: READ 631.
READ/REOL 633
Advanced Strategies in Reading and Writing Methods
3 credit hours
Intensive and comprehensive investigation of problems related to reading and writing will be addressed as well as a review and practice of current teaching methods and innovative approaches.
 

Special Education

SPED/SPOL 530
Issues and Trends
3 credit hours
This is a course of directed study designed to explore current trends and issues in the education of students with disabilities. Topics include most recent legislation that outlines the categories for eligibility, and issues affecting the identification of individuals with disabilities, and educational programming. This course is a prerequisite for students entering the special education program for certification (SPED 233 may also be a prerequisite option). This course may be taken as the special education requirement for students in the leadership program.
SPED/SPOL 632
Consultation and Collaboration for Curriculum Design
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist teachers in collaborating and consulting with colleagues regarding specially designed instruction for individuals with disabilities. Knowledge and skills include designing, adapting, and evaluating materials, methods, and resources for individuals with a variety of characteristics. Teaching the core curriculum is included. Various models of instruction including strategic teaching are explored. Communications skills and barriers to professional relationships are discussed. Assistive technology, adaptive devices and equipment are discussed. Field experience is required.
SPED 636
Advanced Assessment Strategies and Prescriptive Writing
3 credit hours
This course contains advanced preparation in assessment foundations, techniques, procedures, data interpretation, and writing of prescriptive programs of specially designed instruction for individuals with learning and behavior disabilities.
 

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