This course is an introduction to the field of educational administration and leadership. The focus is on understanding schools as complex adaptive social systems, with the principal as the central administrator and change leader. The course also provides an introductory overview of effective school management processes, including management of human resources, finances, and legal and ethical issues.
Designed to provide guidelines to the principal as manager and leader of change through decision-making, motivation, group dynamics, and co-empowerment with the teacher.
Examines dimensions of law as they impact educational institutions. Discussion will center on local and national laws and how they impact the delivery of courses, students, faculty and staff, and the community.
Focuses on communicating effectively as a manager. Students will increase their appreciation of the vital role of managerial communication in managing personnel through a series of exercises and assignments.
This course examines principles, techniques, policies, and organizations to promote and sustain vibrant, positive and dynamic school-community relations. This includes the study of marketing strategies and processes; successful models of school, family, business, community, government and higher education partnerships; and the identification and evaluation of current school partnerships.
Examines the role of the principal as financial manager, institutional planner, and fiscal developer, and covers community and financial accountability.
This course is designed to provide education leader candidates the skills and knowledge to effectively undertake curriculum and instructional leadership in the schools. This includes an overview of basic concepts and theories underlying curriculum development within the context of state policies; provides basic tools for administrators to use in analyzing and selecting curriculum; and explores effective strategies to implement curriculum successfully on a school-wide basis.