Course Descriptions for Students Beginning Fall 2023
EDUC 587 Instructional Leadership and Supervision With Field Experience
This organizational management seminar was developed to aid the student in analyzing the role of the administrator in instructional leadership and supervision. The course focuses on the factors that affect organizational management and the school environment as well as working relationships. Students will analyze the impact of state and local law and school board policy determination on the school program. Students will have the opportunity to design a school program including the staff development and the budget plans necessary to support that instructional program. Field Experience 60 hours.
EDUC 588 - Supervision of Instruction
The student will develop an understanding of the role of a successful school leader in both curriculum development and instruction. Students will analyze how to support and cultivate a professional learning community where the principal is an instructional leader who sustains a culture of classroom teaching excellence. Topics covered include coaching, creating trust, cultivating healthy communication and supporting teachers as learners.
EDUC 614 - Practicum for Supervisors
The student will spend a minimum of 300 hours working with a supervisor under the supervision of a faculty member from Eastern University. If the student is already an acting supervisor or coordinator in a school setting, the assignments will be fulfilled on the job with supervision from Eastern University. A prescribed number of assignments must be completed which include but are not limited to activities in program development, school nurse service improvement, policy determination, staff development, budgeting, and role analysis and program evaluation.
EDUC 623 - 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.
EDUC 624 - School Law
This course will explore school law, regulations, policies, procedures and landmark cases that pertain to public education and ethical issues with an emphasis on ethical decision-making. Further topics include the organizational structure of schools, increasing parental/caretaker involvement, student rights and restrictions, individuals with disabilities and teacher and staff freedoms.
EDUC 635 - Research Design
This graduate level course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge base, processes, experiences, and skills involved in designing and conducting research studies in education and the social sciences. The course will provide a survey of quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods, as well as opportunities for students to critically examine research studies employing a variety of such methods. Students will apply course content toward the conceptualization and completion of an empirical study on a selected topic.
Additional Course Descriptions for those Enrolling Before Fall 2023
EDUC 607 - Supervision of Instruction
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.
EDUC 608 - Seminar for Supervisors
This organizational management seminar was developed to aid the student in analyzing the role of the supervisor. The factors which affect organizational management and the school environment as well as working relationships will be discussed. State and local law and the function of the school board in policy determination which will affect the school program will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to design a school program along with the staff development and the budget process necessary to support that instructional program. Field experience 60 hours.