Educational Administration Building-Level Master's Degree Program or Licensure Program
An introductory graduate level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable and critical consumer of scholarly research in his/her field of endeavor.
Differing values and issues in education are addressed, as are the philosophical, historical, and social forces that create the issues. Students will be challenged to investigate the historical and cultural antecedents of modern education, and to examine their own belief systems with regard to the institution of education and to the role and function of the teacher and the school leader.
Students completing this course will, as current or future educational leaders (teachers and administrators), explain and work effectively with the design and management of academic programs, grades Pre-K-12. They will interpret past, current, and emerging curriculum initiatives, and describe their intended impact on school curricula, teachers, and students. Students will also explain and demonstrate in simulated settings processes for creating, implementing, and managing local academic programs in the context of those reform initiatives. Students will be asked to apply their knowledge in four projects which gauge how students can successfully apply what they have learned in a variety of curriculum related settings.
An advanced course in educational psychology focusing upon those issues of particular importance to school administrators and curriculum leaders. Topics to be covered include human development, cognitive and personality development, learning theory, behaviorism, cognitivism, intelligence, diversity, teaching models and motivation.
This course will focus on making appropriate leadership decisions regarding the use and applications of technology in schools. Included in this course are several topics such as hardware and software requirements and the elements needed to successfully integrate technology to enhance both teaching and learning and the critical importance of adequate staff training for successful integration.
Supervision and Evaluation is a required graduate level course focusing on criteria for effective instruction, techniques for effective supervision which promotes teacher professional growth, and teacher evaluation.
This course is designed to provide educators with essential interpersonal skills for success in relating to others, encouraging productive participation in decision making, and managing conflict effectively.
This course contains an overview of research, theory and practice that relate to a school leader's responsibility to develop and maintain healthy organizations and create an organizational culture that promotes creativity and performance. Topics include major contemporary theorists, leadership and empowerment, leadership and diversity issues, leadership for change, schools as unique social systems and complex organizations, and issues related to the changing values and attitudes of professionals and the community about schools.
A detailed study of Kansas school law and regulations will be made as they apply to education. Consideration is given to statutes, court decisions, and case law that effect changing administrative procedures and patterns.
This course will focus on methods and areas on managing today's schools. Particular attention will be given to each distinct subsystem within the school and district organization. Managerial skills that are inherent in day-to-day practices will also be studied.
Enrollment in this course is concurrent with specified core courses in the educational administration program. Students will be engaged in major field projects and experiences associated with the primary areas of content under the supervision of a mentor administrator and a university supervisor. An integral part of the field experiences will place emphasis on application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluate levels of learning through simulated activities. Students must complete EA Buildling Leadership program and secure advisor or department chair approval prior to August start date.
(Prerequisite, EA 896) Enrollment in this course is concurrent with specified core courses in the educational administration program. Students will be engaged in major field activities and will develop a specific practicum project associated with the primary areas of content under the supervision of a mentor administrator and a university supervisor. An integral part of the field experiences will place emphasis on application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluate levels of learning through reflection and discussion. Students must complete EA Buildling Leadership program and EA 896 Practicum I in Educational Administration: Bulding Level - Fall prior to enrolling in this course.