Educational Leadership Curriculum
The Educational Leadership Programs' curriculum has four interrelated modules comprised of three courses each, for a total of 12 courses as follows:
Module I: Developing Effective Leadership
Strong and effective leadership has been shown to be a correlate to school success. This framework is designed to: (1) provide candidates with an understanding of the major influences affecting American education; and (2) expose candidates to the research on motivational theory, leadership effectiveness, and best practices in school leadership that enhance learning for all students. The courses in Module 1 will employ lectures, discussions, assigned readings, case studies, and first-person accounts to provide candidates with a theoretical context and understanding of the various components of effective leadership. This component of the program focuses on issues impacting leadership effectiveness, and consists of two three-credit courses and a two-credit-hour internship.
Module II: Planning and Implementing School Improvement Strategies
This module is designed to increase candidates' understanding of the various planning and implementation processes that promote and support school improvement. Specific emphasis will be placed on the study of various models and strategies that have been used to engage and guide the school community in the school improvement process. Candidates will examine case histories of high and low performing schools in diverse settings, and develop school improvement plans that include the use of technology and information literacy for such schools. The courses offered in this module will focus on strategies that promote high-quality learning environments for all students, including the use of technology and information systems to enrich curriculum and instruction.
Module III: Effective Public Communication
The studies in this module will teach the candidate how to effectively engage the public in the school enterprise at all levels. The courses will focus on parent and community involvement, media relations, creating partnerships, and communicating results. The courses will also discuss strategies for communicating effectively with groups from diverse backgrounds. The goal is to make each candidate an effective communicator.
Module IV: Continuous School Improvement
This component is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to apply a systems approach to continuous school improvement. The courses offered in this module will focus on systems that provide: frequent monitoring and assessment of students and staff performance; ongoing staff and student development; opportunities to express and include diverse perspectives, professional development initiatives, programs, and practices to celebrate and reward success; and a framework for collaborative internal and external review of school programs, practices and results. The courses also will include the examination and application of model technology systems that collect, analyze, and use data to inform decision-making and improve results.