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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses

ED 704: Foundations of Educational Research - 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 216 or equivalent or consent of department. A study of research methods in education and their empirical foundations, with emphasis on interpreting the literature in the field. The candidate will develop a written research proposal. Three hours of lecture.

ED 720: Curriculum - 3 cr.
A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education. Three hours of lecture.

ED 785: Technology Leadership in Schools 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 784. Development of foundation skills for managing technology at the school site. Skills include school-wide planning that incorporates instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of technology implementation, training, and evaluation.

EDL 700: Creating a Professional Learning Community 3 cr.
The Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides potential teacher leaders and administrators with a structure for continuing professional growth and information and activities aligned with best practices and current research on initiatives that support the Louisiana Accountability System, the School Improvement Process, and the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana.

EDL 701: Leading with Vision 3 cr.
This course explores an area of school leadership that is essential for improving student achievement: developing a vision of teaching and learning that is shared by all stakeholders. It examines ways to develop, articulate, implement, and steward a shared vision.

EDL 702: Legal and Ethical Issues in Education 3 cr.
This course is designed to provide candidates with the fundamental concepts of American school law and how to apply the law to real world school settings. Included is coverage of specific Louisiana educational statues. Ethical theories and ideas will also be explored. The course will emphasize and focus on legal and ethical issues that teachers and administrators confront in their work.

EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement 3 cr.
This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.

EDL 710: Leading Instruction and Assessment 3 cr.
A study of the role of organizational leadership in the development of instructional goals, instructional programs, evaluation procedures and procedures for educational change.

EDL 711: Funding Public Education 3 cr.
The study of problems and issues related to the appropriation and allocation of public financial resources for education.

EDL 712: Facilitating Human Resource Development and Empowerment 3 cr.
The study of concepts and practices in recruitment, selection, development, and utilization of professional human resources in educational organizations.

EDL 713: Mobilizing the Community 3 cr.
The study of concepts and practices for developing and maintaining informed involvement of communities with public schools.

EDL 715: Internship in Educational Leadership 3 cr.
Prerequisite: 30 hours toward degree or consent of the department. The internship, which will be required of all administrative program candidates, serves as the culminating experience and the capstone of the degree program. During the internship, candidates will assess the suitability of their skills and dispositions for administrative work; integrate skills and knowledge previously acquired; and become socialized into the administrative role under the supervision of a local school district administrator and a university faculty member.