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Program Schedule

Courses begin each semester, with program completion expected two years later. Students take coursework as a loosely based cohort, typically enrolling in two courses per term while working full-time in professional educator roles. All program courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.


Sample Program Schedule

Summer Yr. 1

Fall Yr. 1

Spring Yr. 1

6400 Foundations of Educational
4:30—9:00 PM

6130 Professional Learning Communities
4:35—7:05 PM

6411 Legal and Policy
Foundations of Special Ed
4:35—7:05 PM

6480 Leadership, Diversity & Social
Justice in K-12 Schools
4:30—9:00 PM

6310 Introduction to Instructional Leadership
7:15—9:45 PM

6430 Politics of Education
7:15—9:45 PM

Summer Yr. 2

Fall Yr. 2

Spring Yr. 2

6210 Leading Schools
4:30—9:00 PM

6410 Educational Law
4:35—7:05 PM

6110 Organizational Change
4:35—7:05 PM

6960 Special Topics

6330 Instructional Leadership
7:15—9:45 PM

6010 Data Informed Decision Making
7:15 – 9:45 PM


M.Ed. Teacher Leadership Course Descriptions

6110 Organizational Change (3)

     This course focuses on understanding and developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to promote change in educational organizations, particularly changes that will increase educational equity in access and outcomes for all children. The content of the course includes theories and perspectives that inform how practitioners can lead organizational change, overcome resistance to change, and build organizational capacity.

6210 Leading Schools (3)

   This course introduces aspiring educational leaders to the multiple and complex components of leadership necessary to lead effective, equitable, and democratic organizations. The content of the course includes leadership theories, vision and culture, conflict and power as well as the skills of using data to lead change and reflective practice.

6310 Introduction to Instructional Leadership (3)

   This course introduces aspiring educational leaders to critical concepts about student learning and development. The content of the course focuses on current research and best practices in the area of learning and cognition, curriculum development, instructional design, assessment techniques, best practices in literacy and numeracy, student motivation, and specific learning characteristics of diverse learners. An emphasis is placed on developing requisite skills and dispositions for developing a collaborative school culture that builds instructional capacity and fosters learning environments that enable all students to learn.

6330 Instructional Leadership (3)

   This course uses knowledge about how students learn to focus on how educational leaders organize and support teaching. The goal of this course is to expose students to the theories, principles, and practices of instructional leadership in the context of current school reform for raising student achievement, closing the achievement gap and creating democratic and just school communities. Course content includes principles of adult learning, motivation of teachers, instructional supervision, professional development, the nature of teaching, organizational supports for teaching, and the use of assessment to improve instruction. An emphasis is placed on developing a professional community that supports the learning of teachers and students alike.

6410 Introduction to Educational Law (3)

   Educational law for school administrators stresses the interplay of law and policy, legal decision making, and educational practice. Among the issues addressed are the relationship between schooling and the state, the nature and scope of students' and teachers' substantive and procedural rights, the legal aspects of instructional program management, tort liability, and the many meanings of equal educational opportunity. Special attention is given to the importance that respect for individual rights, equal protection for the law, due process, and reasonable conduct have on administrative decision making and providing leadership for school improvement.

6430 The Politics of Education (3)

Examines political issues that define the public education sector in the context of social values and concerns such as quality, democracy and equity. Special attention is given to the character and dynamics of the policy-making process as it relates to the development of education policy, school-community relations and the management of conflicting interests.

6480 Leadership, Diversity & Social Justice in K-12 Schools (3)

   This course is designed to increase students' understanding of how individual and collective assumptions about diversity and multiculturalism shape educational policies, practices, and research in K-12 public schools. It provides an opportunity for students to develop and critically reflect on their theoretical understanding of school leadership in relationship to issues of social justice and challenges them as school leaders to create the conditions necessary to ensure educational equity.    



Last Updated: 10/10/16