Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership is 30 credits and can be completed in two years (five terms). You will complete the following courses:

Educational Leadership

The focus of this course is leadership within schools and the role of the educational leader as scholar-practitioner, emphasizing excellence in the educational organization through the effective integration of theory and practice.

Instructional Leadership

The course focus is on developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and values essential in helping others to expand or refine their instructional effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on helping teachers use alternating models of instruction, diagnosing learner needs, prescribing appropriate learner instructional strategies and accommodating learner needs based on the concept of diversity.

School Law

This course addresses legal issues pertinent to teacher, administrator and student legal rights and responsibilities in the school building. The legal process, structures of the law, legislation/litigation and practices to avoid legal infringements are addressed.

Research

This course will equip school leaders with essential research tools. Students in this course will become frequent and knowledgeable users of research on schools, developing skills in critiquing research and applying the tools of research to address issues that face school leaders.

Curriculum

The focus of this course is on the development of an understanding of the history, purposes and practices of the school curriculum. Emphasis is placed on helping students integrate the scholarly and practical dimensions and on demonstrating that integration.

Internship I

This course provides opportunities for the student to experience administrative responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on practicing skills learned in the program, receiving feedback on efforts and relating practice to theory.

School Finance

This course addresses topics such as equity, adequacy and efficiency in school funding; local, state and federal funding sources; funding methods; and budgeting emphasizing features unique to Ohio.

Leadership in Diverse Communities

This course will promote understanding of differences in race, gender, social class, religious affiliation and sexual orientation as well as the implications of these differences for leadership in the school setting. Emphasis will be on promoting understanding and managing diversity within schools.

Supervision & Professional Development

This course in the theory and practice of supervision is designed to explore essential concepts and skills necessary in providing leadership in formative and summative evaluation for the improvement of teaching and learning. Emphasis will be placed on concepts and means of the scholar-practitioner providing leadership in the supervisory task areas and building learning communities through critical reflection.

Community Relations for School Leaders

This course is designed to assist school administrators in refining their communication skills and political understanding. Provisions are made for the development of guidelines, techniques and practices that facilitate cooperative relationships between school and community.

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure requires you to complete 12 additional credits, for a total of 39 credits. The program can be completed in a little over two years (seven terms). You will complete the following additional courses to complete the principal licensure component:

Staff Personnel

This course emphasizes the systematic selection, evaluation, assignment and development of both professional and classified school personnel. Scholar-practitioners participating in this class will develop an understanding of the associated task areas.

Principalship

This course focuses on the application of leadership and management principles to the elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Emphases include developing vision and mission statements, reflecting on the leadership role of the principal and reviewing the process for the daily administration of the entire school program.

Internship II

The internship provides participants with an opportunity to relate their coursework, research, simulation and independent study to actual problems encountered in administering the elementary or secondary school building or program.

Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement

This course focuses on the role of educational leaders in setting and attaining high academic goals for the purpose of maximized student learning outcomes, thus improving the practices of instruction and assessment. Educational leaders need an understanding of the best practices for enhancing teaching, curriculum, supervision, assessment and professional development. Educational leaders also need to know how to collect, interpret and analyze what has been assessed and to use this data with reporting to various constituents of the learning community. The focus of this course is the integration of theory with the practices of instruction and assessment for improving the teaching and learning process.

Principal Licensure Preparation Program

The Principal Licensure Preparation Program is for professionals looking to become principals in Ohio. Students in this program must have already earned a master’s degree and hold a valid teaching license. The program consists of 18 credits and can be completed in less than two years. You will participate in the following courses: 

Principalship

This course focuses on the application of leadership and management principles to the elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Emphases include developing vision and mission statements, reflecting on the leadership role of the principal and reviewing the process for the daily administration of the entire school program.

Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement

This course focuses on the role of educational leaders in setting and attaining high academic goals for the purpose of maximized student learning outcomes, thus improving the practices of instruction and assessment. Educational leaders need an understanding of the best practices for enhancing teaching, curriculum, supervision, assessment and professional development. Educational leaders also need to know how to collect, interpret and analyze what has been assessed and to use this data with reporting to various constituents of the learning community. The focus of this course is the integration of theory with the practices of instruction and assessment for improving the teaching and learning process.

Staff Personnel

This course emphasizes the systematic selection, evaluation, assignment and development of both professional and classified school personnel. Scholar-practitioners participating in this class will develop an understanding of the associated task areas.

School Law

This course addresses legal issues pertinent to teacher, administrator and student legal rights and responsibilities in the school building. The legal process, structures of the law, legislation/litigation and practices to avoid legal infringements are addressed.

School Finance

This course addresses topics such as equity, adequacy and efficiency in school funding; local, state and federal funding sources; funding methods; and budgeting emphasizing features unique to Ohio.

Internship II

The internship provides participants with an opportunity to relate their coursework, research, simulation and independent study to actual problems encountered in administering the elementary or secondary school building or program.

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