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School Principalship Certification Course Descriptions

EDU500 - Foundations of Education

This course looks at the social and philosophical foundations of education from a distinctly Christian point of view. It aims to give a historical perspective to modern education by an in-depth study of significant contributors to educational theory.

EDU501 - Issues in Special Education

This course is designed to provide a full overview of the historical analysis of Special Education: classifications/definitions and patterns of behavior, description of assessment and intervention strategies, legislation and litigation, outside forces that influence Special Education, and an introduction to the people in Special Education and their relationship to the system. Students will concentrate on their particular area of education as it relates to Special Education. Students will complete 10 logged hours of field experience.

EDU507 - Child, Adolescent and Educational Development

This course provides a study of individual development from childhood to young adulthood and investigates the implications of physical, cognitive and psychological development in educational settings. Major developmental and psychological theories and research relevant to teaching and learning are explored. Content areas include child and adolescent growth and development, conflicts and issues associated with different developmental levels, learning and cognition, approaches to instruction, cultural and socioeconomic diversity, motivation, and evaluation and assessment of student learning. The emphasis will be on the practical relevance fo this material for elementary and secondary educational settings. Graduate students will find this course useful in helping them improve their understanding of general learner characteristics and in knowing the scientific and sociopolitical foundations of teaching and learning.

EDU607 - Supervision of Instruction

This course examines the concepts of supervision of instruction and personnel. Through lecture, discussion, and group activities, the student is introduced to the various models of supervision needed to improve a program through observation, communication of needs, conferencing, and providing in-service training. Students will be expected to write and relate several assignments.

EDU623 - Curriculum Design

The major purpose of the course is to explore the principles and procedures of curriculum development and management along with special topics like auditing, alignment and evaluation. Technical issues, trends, future directions, and curriculum designed for special needs will be included. Social, psychological and philosophical foundations will be discussed.

EDU590 - The Principalship

An historical perspective is used to shape current understanding of the school leader as manager of change. Students will examine research and practices related to decision making, conceptualizing, planning, policy administration, motivation, community relations, evaluation, inter-group relations and school climate. Twenty hours of internship are required under the supervision of an experienced principal.

EDU591 - The Principalship Internship

Creating a vision for student success, the intern engages in administrative and leadership tasks under the direction of site-based, practicing school administrator and university instructor.

EDU588 - Principal as Instructional Leader

This course prepares students to understand the principal’s role as chief academic officer of the school and guardian of quality instruction in the multicultural school. Students will develop skill in analyzing need, articulating curriculum standards, affirming sound pedagogical practices, initiating planning strategies and overseeing the supervision process. Twenty hours of internship under the supervision of an experience principal are required.

EDU589 - Principal as Instructional Leader Internship

Developing standard-based systems, the intern engages in administrative and leadership tasks under the direction of site-based, practicing school administrator and university instructor.

EDU624 - School Law

Course presents school law as it relates to agency control and structure, school organizations and their policies and procedures, school organizations and their policies and procedures, school personnel and students rights. Implications of legal mandates, legal issues for public versus private schools and special needs students will be covered.

EDU625 - School Finance

This course is concerned with district-wide and school-specific financial administration policies and procedures essential to wise use of funds, facilities, equipment and people. The need for technology in financial management is stressed. International programs will be compared with those in the United States. Twenty hours of field work in areas covered by this course are required.

EDU598 - Leadership Models for Effective Education

Management theory and skills are applied to developing leadership for real-life educational situations. Operational leadership skills will emphasize conceptualizing, planning, implementing projects and designing strategies for managing change effectively. Topics will include leadership style, context analysis, vision and mission, consensus building, interpersonal skills, team building, problem-solving, decision-making and the ethical culture. Of particular sensitivity will be applying leadership to multicultural global urban contexts. Twenty hours of on-site internship are required

EDU599 - Leadership Models for Effective Education Internship

Leading data driven decision making, the intern engages in administrative and leadership tasks under the direction of site-based, practicing school administrator and university instructor.

EDU628 - The Principal and Special Education

This course examines the principal’s responsibilities for special education programs, students and staff. Candidates will study the various laws affecting special education and what these laws mean for schools and their administrators. Best practices and proven effective programs will be examined. The Principal’s role in the evaluation process, IEP development and the discipline process will be studied. Attention will be given to selected due process cases.

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