EDL - Educational Leadership

Doctoral Program, Reich College of Education

Graduate Courses in Educational Leadership (EDL)


Audrey Dentith, Director

EDL 7011. Multi-Disciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues I (3).On Demand. A multi-disciplinary seminar to examine current and emerging issues in society and their impact on public education. The course draws upon readings from a variety of disciplines for students to examine and to reflectively explore fundamental questions about: the nature and purpose of education; how educators conceive of and understand teaching and learning in schools and classrooms; and how educational leaders conceive of and understand the complex relations between schools, teachers, learners, and curriculum.

EDL 7012. Multi-Disciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues II (3).On Demand. A continuation of EDL 7011. This seminar will feature different professional disciplines in developing an understanding of the context of public school administration. The seminar will include comprehensive treatments of how leaders use information in shaping and communicating their vision and values throughout organizations. Students will be expected to assume more responsibility for building responses to issues presented in this seminar.

EDL 7020. Organizational and Systems Theory (3).On Demand. This course will integrate essential features of research in organizational theory with the more recent developments in systems theory. How people and groups organize to accomplish tasks will be combined with how organizations combine to form systems. A special feature of the course will be its treatment of organizations and systems for public, non-profit enterprises. Models and case studies will be featured.

EDL 7025. Leadership in Organizations (3).On Demand. Brings into coherent form the application of leadership principles to organizations. Leadership is seen as the mechanism for putting both organizational and system theories into action, to enhance school environments, and to sustain structures for change. Extensive use of case studies will be featured.

EDL 7030. Concepts and Constructs in Curriculum and Instruction (3).On Demand. Designed to explore and critically examine the structure, concepts, issues and decisions underlying curriculum and instructional thought as practiced in public schools. Instruction will utilize a polyfocal conspectus, study of cases, simulation, and juris prudential experiences. Included in the products used to evaluate student performance are: development of cases, impact statements, literature reviews, and similar projects.

EDL 7040. Educational Organizations and Technology (3).On Demand. Students in this course will develop strategies for forming and implementing a vision for incorporating computer and communications technologies into educational settings. They will have an opportunity, as current and future educational leaders, to investigate examples of these technologies in schools and other educational settings. These experiences, combined with appropriate leadership skills, will enable current and future educational leaders to successfully plan for and implement computer and communications technologies into their respective educational settings.

EDL 7050. School Finance and Business Administration (3).On Demand. Designed to examine current practices in public finance. Emphasis will be placed on the funding for public schools, and the relationship of that funding to the support for other public and private agencies. Demographics and political trends will be used to project funding needs for planning purposes. The course also examines the application of current management practices to the business administration function of public school administration. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between facilities planning and funding practices in public education.

EDL 7065. Writing for the Professional Educator (3).On Demand. This course is designed for professional educators seeking to gain knowledge and skill in using writing effectively as a major component of leadership and management in educational settings. Topics include understanding the writing process in professional settings, tailoring messages for audience and purpose, using different forms of writing in the profession, applying technology tools for writing, and understanding the relationship between writing and speaking in developing communication effectiveness as a leader.

EDL 7099. Professional Seminar (1).On Demand. The purpose of this seminar is to provide doctoral students an opportunity to discuss topics arising from course work; to report on internships and research assistantships; and to explore possible dissertation topics. Individual faculty and faculty panels will, from time to time, join the seminar to discuss their research. Seminar students will develop a portfolio reflecting the development of dissertation topics. The portfolio will provide students a means by which they can present evidence of their progress for consideration by advisors and other faculty. Students should expect to maintain the portfolio throughout their course work. Graded on an S/U basis. (Students are required to take EDL 7099, Professional Seminar, for three semesters, for a total of three credit hours.)

EDL 7110. Survey of Research Methodologies in Education (3).On Demand. The course provides students with the requisite skills for reading and understanding contemporary research in education, and examining researchers' motivations for selecting particular research and assessment methodologies. The course will acquaint students with the wide variety of sources of research journals; to a variety of available databases; to a variety of available measurement and assessment instruments; and to a wide range of methodological applications in education. The research examples will be from the wide area of educational leadership.

EDL 7120. Advanced Tests and Measurements (3).On Demand. Familiarize advanced graduate students with the techniques of instrument construction and validation and with the analysis of scores obtained from psychometric instruments. Techniques for designing survey instruments and tests of achievement and the analysis of the results of interest and personality inventories and other mental measurements will be covered. Prerequisite: EDL 7110 or equivalent.

EDL 7130. Multivariate Statistics (3).On Demand. Emphasizes the use of statistical tools to organize and analyze large and complex data bases using multiple correlation, factor analysis, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis, and trend analysis techniques. Prerequisite: EDL 7110 or equivalent.

EDL 7150. Inferential Statistics (3).On Demand. Deals with the application of parametric and non- parametric techniques in hypothesis testing and other inferential situations. The course includes some basic hypothesis testing theory, as well as theory involving various well known types of distributions of data. Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for determining probability estimates in hypothesis testing and will also be required to use the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) in hypothesis testing tasks using SPSS/PC+ Studentware. Prerequisites: a background in statistics, EDL 7110 or permission of the instructor.

EDL 7160. Qualitative Research Methods (3). On Demand. This course emphasizes qualitative methods of data analysis and collection and how they can be compared and contrasted to quantitative research. Students will be expected to learn a variety of observational methods and interview techniques. Selecting from these methods, students will design and implement their own research projects. This course will emphasize the process of producing and interpreting qualitative research by critically examining the intricate relationships between theories, hypotheses, variables, and data. Prerequisites are an introductory course in tests and measurements, an introductory descriptive statistics course, and a course in inferential statistics.

EDL 7165. Quantitative Approaches in Non-Experimental Studies (3).On Demand. The course provides students the requisite skills and experiences in non-experimental research design to allow the critical examination of non-experimental studies and the design of studies like those that will be typically appropriate to educational and institutional settings. The course will provide students with an understanding of the adaptation of correlational and experimental models to research settings and data sets that do not fit experimental assumptions. A wide variety of examples from the professional literature will be reviewed and students will engage in the design of studies. Prerequisites: EDL 7110 and completion of the EDL Doctoral Program statistical prerequisite.

EDL 7170. Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis (3).On Demand. This course provides a broad survey of educational evaluation theory and practice, and the relationship of evaluation to educational policy analysis, along with practical experience in designing educational evaluations and policy studies. The course begins with an examination of the historical underpinnings of educational evaluation and policy analysis, their role in improving education, their points of distinction from other forms of systematic inquiry, and the origins of the variety of alternative conceptions of evaluation and policy analysis in practice today. This examination is followed by an in-depth study of a variety of evaluation and policy analysis models.

EDL 7180. Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (3).On Demand. The course provides students with advanced knowledge (i.e., the theoretical bases) and skills in qualitative research. Advanced-level analysis and interpretation, linked with the theoretical underpinnings of both general qualitative research and the doctoral student's particular preferred method, will be a central focus of this course. Individual attention will be given to the students, to the extent possible. Honing of the student's writing (i.e., presentation/ representation of a qualitative study) will also be a prominent aspect of this course. Students will undertake a small-scale qualitative study in this course in order to concretize and apply the concepts and practice the skills learned.

EDL 7190. Research Design in Education (3).On Demand. This course is designed to provide doctoral students with an in-depth analysis of the methods and procedures of research in education. Topics will include conceptualizing educational research, writing research proposals, constructing measurement instruments, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and drawing inferences. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to make proper decisions regarding appropriate designs and methods for investigating different research questions, and will be able to plan and implement a research project for their dissertations.

EDL 7500. Independent Study (1-3).On Demand.

EDL 7530-7549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.

EDL 7900. Internship (3-6).On Demand. The internship is a full-year experience under the co-sponsorship of an appropriate educational agency and Appalachian State University. The student will engage in activities designed to bring the relationship of theory and practice into clear focus. Attendance at seminars on campus will be required. Graded on an S/U basis.

EDL 7989. Doctoral Research (1-9).On Demand. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing doctoral research. Graded on an S/U basis. EDL 7989 does not count toward a degree.

EDL 7999. Dissertation (1-9).On Demand. Students must complete a minimum of 6 s.h. to satisfy the Ed.D. degree requirements. Students are advised to register for 3 s.h. for two consecutive semesters to complete requirements. If requirements are not complete at this time, students will continue to register for a minimum of 1 s.h. until the dissertation is complete. Graded on an S/U basis.