Educational Leadership Program - Required Courses
(Students may enter this program any semester)
(This course plan is effective the Fall 2013 catalog; however students beginning the program in Summer 2013 will be subject to this plan. Please consult with your advisor for your specific Approved Degree Plan. Students may enter this program any semester.)
Required During First Semester
- EDUC 500 Online Orientation - 0 credits
- ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar - 0 credits (if not exempt)
- UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources - 0 credits
- EADM 513 School Finance/ Mgmt. of Resources and Facilities - 3 credits
- EADM 538 School Law - 3 credits
- EADM 515 Research Design - 3 credits
- *EADM 595A Principal Internship - 2 credits
- EADM 511 Leadership, Organization & Administration - 3 credits
- EADM 536 Personnel Management & Development - 3 credits
- EADM 540 School & Community Relations - 3 credits
- *EADM 595B Principal Internship - 2 credits
- EADM 524 Supervision of Teaching Methods & Classroom Mgmt. - 3 credits
- EADM 532 Technology for Administrators - 3 credits
- ECUR 540 Instructional Leadership and Student Academic Achievement - 3 credits
- EFND 503 Leadership and Character Development Curricula - 2 credits
- *EADM 595C Principal Internship - 2 credits
Independent Requirements (see notes)
- **EADM 598 Professional Leadership Project (For those not seeking the Add-on endorsement for Principalship) - 2 credits or ***EADM 596 School Leaders Licensure Assessment Prep. Course (For those seeking the Add-on endorsement for Principalship) - 2 credits
Total – 37 Credits
For those seeking the ADD-ON endorsement for Principalship, check with the licensure requirements of current state.
- *EADM 595A, 595B, and 595C are not available for a student's first semester in the program. Please consult with your advisor and Approved Degree Plan for additional information. EADM 595A and/or 595B are pre-requisites to 595C.
- **EADM 598 (Professional Leadership Project) is available for registration in the Fall, Spring or
Summer semester. This project may take more than one semester to complete. It is taken as an alternative to the SLLA Preparation Course.
- ***EADM 596 The SLLA Preparation Course is available for registration in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester and is required for individuals seeking the Administration and Supervision preK-12 add-on endorsement for Principal or Assistant Principal positions. It is taken as an alternative to the Professional Project.
Educational Leadership Program - Course Descriptions
EADM 511 Leadership, Organization & Administration (3) Focuses on the role of the
administrator in the individual school. Examines leadership styles and identifies one’s own tendencies toward these styles. Examines issues of integrity, fairness, and ethics in the context of school leadership. Examines organization and administration of the local school within a system with special reference to developing organizational and administrative structures designed to promote the vision and mission of the school based on shared values. Particular emphasis on the development of a proposal and master plan for a specified school (i.e., N-5 and/or 6-8 and/or 9-12), and a management team approach to administering a school.
EADM 513 School Finance, Management of Resources & Facilities (3) Study of fiscal
operation of school management, including budget preparation, managing and seeking revenue sources, marketing strategies and using resources efficiently. Teaches various state regulations and procedures. Covers principles and issues related to school facilities and use of space, including topics that relate to community resources and partnerships of school, family, business, government and higher education institutions. Understanding and engagement in the use of technologies that support management functions will be addressed. Examines issues of integrity, fairness, and ethics in the context of school finance.
EADM 515 Research Design (3) Conceptual understanding of how to utilize research findings. Examines research-based principles of effective measurement, evaluation, and assessment strategies. Focuses on library skills, professional literature utilization and test evaluation-based decision-making.
EADM 524 Supervision of Teaching Methods/Classroom Management (3) Emphasizes the role of administrators and supervisors in empowering teachers to deliver effective instruction, and facilitating a safe learning environment in the classroom and school. Examines the interactive relationship between school counselors and teachers relative to instruction and classroom management.
EADM 532 Technology for Administrators (3) Focuses on the role of the school leader in the appropriate use of media/technology, including ethical and legal issues. Aligning with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, an emphasis will be on the school leader’s use of educational technologies for the classroom (specifically planning, implementing, and monitoring for student achievement), data collection, information management, problem-solving, data-driven decision making, and communication. Cross-listed with EADM 632.
EADM 536 Personnel Management/Development (3) Focuses on the administrator’s role in the individual school: 1) identification of personnel needs, recruitment, screening, hiring, assignment and establishment of contractual arrangements; 2) contract management, grievance procedures and conflict resolution; 3) self-evaluation and clinical supervision; 4) staff development; 5) building of professional working relationships with faculty, staff, and support personnel. Examines technologies that support personnel management and development functions.
EADM 538 School Law (3) Examines constitutions; federal, state and local statutes; regulations and court decisions related to current issues and educational practice; and in-home, private, Christian and public schools. Examines issues of integrity, fairness, and ethics in the context of school law.
EADM 540 School & Community Relations (3) Themes include: conditions and dynamics of the diverse school community; emerging issues and trends that impact the school community; community resources and partnerships; importance of diversity and equity in a democratic society; and political, social, cultural and economic systems and processes that impact schools.
Focuses on how to build strong relationships in both internal and external school publics.
Emphasizes the various means of verbal and written communication of the school leaders and technologies that support management functions relative to promoting positive school community relations. Address planning and decision making processes for school emergency situations, including planning and provision for emergency counseling services.
EADM 595A Principal Internship (2) Part 1 of 3 internship experiences to comply with current Virginia Department of Education administrator licensure regulations including meeting the required hours to fulfill the internship experience. Cross-listed with EADM 695A.
EADM 595B Principal Internship (2) Part 2 of 3 internship experiences to comply with current Virginia Department of Education administrator licensure regulations including meeting the required hours to fulfill the internship experience. Cross-listed with EADM 695B.
EADM 595C Principal Internship (2) Part 3 of 3 internship experiences to comply with current Virginia Department of Education administrator licensure regulations including meeting the required hours to fulfill the internship experience. Cross-listed with EADM 695C.
EADM 596 School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Test Preparation (2) Focuses on the role of the school leader by preparing for state licensure as required by numerous states. As required by the Code of Virginia, the successful completion (score 165 or higher-total score range 100-200) on the SLLA is mandatory for anyone who desires the position 138 School of Education of assistant principal or principal. Numerous other states have the same requirement with a possible different cut score. This course includes a description of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, test-taking strategies, sample questions, annotated responses, and specific problems-based learning. Note: Candidates seeking the Administration and Supervision PreK-12 licensure/add-on endorsement for assistant principal and principal positions may choose to take this course in place of EADM 598 Professional Leadership Project.
EADM 598 Professional Leadership Project (2) Focuses on the role of the school leader through successful completion of a culminating experience that will synthesize theory and practice. For most, the project will consist of providing evidence that critical program competencies have been met by applying accumulated knowledge to a specific challenge of student achievement and educational equity. This is an individualized course that will be co-designed by the participating candidate and faculty advisor(s). The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards form the foundation for course completion. Note: Candidates may take EADM 596 School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Test Preparation in place of EADM 598.
ECUR 540 Instructional Leadership and Student Academic Achievement (3) Studies curricula and methods of instruction germane to the student’s area of administrative licensure (NK-5 and/or 6-8 and/or 9-12). Focuses on school-based curriculum design/redesign processes with a specific emphasis on review-critique selection of curriculum materials, while considering emerging issues and trends of a diverse school community.
EDUC 500 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.
EFND 503 Leadership and Character Development Curricula (2) Design and implement a plan to guide self and co-workers to become more Christ-centered role models to students, parents and all school personnel; integrate biblical truths and principles into any curriculum; design and implement a plan to teach biblical truths and principles, including a special focus on character development in all curricula; and design and implement a plan to focus on character development in all school-based programs (i.e., after-school programs, interscholastic athletics, drama, musical performance groups, etc.).
ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (0) Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism, and learning to critique academic works.
UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.