School Finance and Resource Allocation
Students in this course will become knowledgeable about state fiscal law and will learn to distinguish among the various revenue sources and district budgeting. Business office functions, including bid law, purchasing and building fund management, will be studied.
Personnel Management and Negotiations
This course will focus on hiring techniques, job analysis and job evaluation procedures that comply with district, state and federal regulations. The collective bargaining process and the interpretation and implementation of an employee collective bargaining agreement will be studied. Evaluation research within applied settings will be examined. Specific topics include both qualitative and quantitative methods in program evaluation, needs assessment, data interpretation and utilization strategies.
Quantitative Research for Educational Leaders
This course is designed to provide students with the quantitative research skills required of effective, executive educational leaders. This course builds on a student’s foundation of research and statistics and introduces advanced statistical techniques commonly used in educational research. Areas of study will include sampling, probability, variables, reliability and regression. The focus is on developing skills through the use of statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS).
Planning and Program Evaluation
The course is designed to give the administrator the knowledge, skills, strategies, and applications of planning for educational organizations. It will include different planning models to include strategic planning, long range planning and total quality management. Students will be able to determine present status, determine future direction, chart a course of action, and assess progress toward specified outcomes.
Internship in Administration
This course will utilize university faculty and practicing administrators to analyze topics relevant to the role of leading the organization, including but not limited to: board relationships, the legislative process, lobbying, community relations, program accountability, ethics and other role-specific concerns. In addition, practicing administrators, faculty and interns will share internship problems, experience, concerns and practices. This is a hands-on internship where the student will be working closely in the headquarters of the organization with practicing administrative leaders. A minimum of three hundred (300) hours of on-the-job experiences are required to complete the course.
Research Instrument Design
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to write an approved doctoral dissertation proposal in standard format on a researchable topic in educational administration. The course will help students to integrate knowledge of research design and statistics in a practical fashion to revise and complete the dissertation proposal. This seminar will be interactive, and at times serve as a writing lab to help students receive feedback in order to revise draft proposals. Throughout the course, students are required to work closely with their major dissertation chair and committee, as appropriate.
Ethics and Diversity
This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of how diversity has impacted education in America. In addition, this course will explore and examine the role of educational leaders in pluralistic school. In addition, the course is designed to provide school leaders with reflective considerations of current and anticipated ethical issues and dilemmas facing education. Activities and assignments of the course will require course participants to give careful reflection on their values and on their leadership practices in dealing with ethics and diversity.
Policy and Politics
This course will explore the role of politics and public policy in education. It will examine policy models and frameworks, and their application to current policy issues in K-12 education. The course is designed around the theoretical frameworks necessary for understanding public policy making. It offers a perspective on the role that research plays in the policy process and provides students with the chance to interpret the context of policy development for current policy issues. The curriculum focuses on local, state and federal education policy. School board and administrator relations will play a major importance in the course.