Educational Leadership (ER)

ER502: The Principalship

This course examines school culture, standards, community building, and leadership in the context of issues and constraints that principals routinely face. The content of the course will inform decision making that influences practice and the effects on students and teachers. Students will review research on leading change in schools, training for tomorrow's principalship, budgeting issues, discipline, students with exceptionalities and who are from diverse backgrounds, technology, professional conduct, teacher evaluation, and establishment of effective professional learning communities. Students will review case studies about schools that made significant improvements under effective leadership.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ER504: Management of Resources

This course will examine the economics of education, funding sources, and regulations regarding the use of such funds. Students will determine major budget pressures facing schools and identify ways they are meeting daily demands to provide quality education. The role of federal and state lawmakers in funding decisions will be explored. Students will consider the implications of poorly funded education and the impact on society. They will also address administering school resources including funding.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ER506: Legal Issues in Education

Students will examine the interrelationship of law and education policy, court rulings on school governance, and the federal government's funding of education. Topics include constitutional rights, such as Title VII, the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and current events regarding the law and education. Students will analyze resources designed to help educators navigate legal issues.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ER508: Supervision and Instructional Leadership

The course addresses major factors that affect school leadership and how leadership can influence teacher effectiveness. Students will examine the role of leadership in building and sustaining a school vision, creating effective teacher teams, sharing leadership, leading learning communities, making data-driven decisions, and monitoring curriculum and instruction. Students will explore models of effective leadership based on best practices. In addition, students will analyze the research on instructional leadership and the methods principals use to exhibit and harness leadership that enable schools to meet their goals.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None