Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, Reich College of Education
Graduate Courses in Leadership in School Administration (LSA)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Foundations of Education (FDN), Higher Education (HE), Instructional Technology Computers (ITC), Library Science (LIB), and Research (RES)
Terry McClannon, Department Chair
LSA 5010. Public School Administration (3).On Demand. An introductory study of basic structure, organization, and philosophical theories and administration of public schools of the U.S.
LSA 5030. The Principalship (3).F;S. The purpose of this course is to help students develop a conceptual framework for the leadership role and functions of the principalship. Leadership theory, principles and practice applicable to the organizational components of schools will be emphasized. Research on leadership and the processes of leading change will be analyzed.
LSA 5400. Developing and Managing Resources in Schools (3).F;S. This course is designed to prepare entry-level school leaders and executives to provide the necessary leadership in key areas of resources management, including the management of dollars (fiscal), space (building operations), people (personnel management), community resources (engagement) and time. All candidates will be expected to engage in significant electronic exploration, solving various problems in managing resources and sharing their solutions with other candidates.
LSA 5500. Independent Study (1-4).On Demand. Subject matter may vary depending on student interest and need. A student may enroll more than once provided the content does not duplicate that of the previous course.
LSA 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. Subject matter may vary from term to term depending on student interest and need. A student may enroll more than once in a selected topics course provided that the content does not duplicate that of the previous course. Limit of six hours credit.
LSA 5585. Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3).F;S. This course is designed to help teachers develop an understanding of and skill in assuming leadership roles and responsibilities in their schools. Those aspects of school leadership seen as most appropriate and potentially beneficial for teacher involvement will be emphasized. Particular attention is paid to the relationships among teacher leadership, school improvement, and site- based accountability. Students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills and formulate their own approaches through both university-based classroom and site-based clinical activities. Activities such as participant- observations, shadow-studies classroom-action research, problem-based learning, case studies, survey research, and qualitative research studies can be included. Students will be expected to present tangible evidence that represents, authentically, their professional growth. (Same as CI 5585.)
LSA 5600. School Law (3).F. A study of the fundamental principles underlying the relationship of the state to education and the laws which are applicable to practical problems of school organization and administration.
LSA 5650. Ethical and Humane Dimensions of Educational Leadership (3).F;S. This course addresses the broad range of humane and ethical issues, perspectives, and obligations (legal, moral, and aspirational) that collectively relate to individual and organizational purposes. Students will consider aims and values that should guide such things as academic mission and objectives, educational policies and practices, school culture, and human relations and supervision; all related to ethical dimensions of leadership. Students are expected to think critically about a broad and difficult range of issues and dilemmas, requiring the use and development of effective analytical skills, dialog, and processes.
LSA 5800. Critical Inquiry and Thought in Educational Leadership (3).On Demand. This course is designed as a culminating course for the Master of School Administration program. The course examines current issues and problems that impact school administration. Emphasis is focused on administrative tasks, roles, and functions of educational leaders in schools. The course includes an in-depth review of contemporary trends that change or influence educational administration and governance.
LSA 5820. Theory and Development in Educational Organizations (3).On Demand. The purpose of this course is to inform students in educational leadership of the nature of organizations and ways in which educational organizations maintain themselves. During the course, it will be emphasized that organizational theory and development are eventually about how people grow and develop relationships. The course is designed to bring educational leadership and organizational thinking into a common framework. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own assumptions about organizations, to engage in the study of organizational culture, and to study how organizations form as they do.
LSA 5850. Politics and Public Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership (3).On Demand. Designed to give students a comprehensive view of the transformation of educational problems into policy and the bureaucratic duties of public education administrators. Equip educational leaders with knowledge of policy theory, development, implementation and analysis necessary in the management of public educational institutions and agencies.
LSA 5900. School Administration and Supervision Internship/Practicum (3-6).F;S. This course is designed to provide students with supervised experiences of leadership and management or a supervised project-based learning experience in a school setting under the direction of competent personnel. Graded on an S/U basis.
LSA 5910. Building-Level Action Research Leadership Evidences (3).On Demand. This course requires completion of supervised site-based research projects resulting in evidences emanating from national and state executive leadership standards. Intensive research is conducted relative to building-level leadership and supporting specific topics addressing current issues of building-level leadership practice through specific experiences, readings and seminar participation.
LSA 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. LSA 5989 does not count toward a degree.
LSA 5999. Thesis (3-6).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.
LSA 6020. Organization and Systems Theory for District Leaders (3).On Demand. This course integrates research in organization and systems theory with the goal of developing an essential understanding of how and why groups organize for educational purposes. Specific traditional and cutting edge organizational theories and frameworks are explored with respect to leading change resulting in healthy, sustainable education organizations. Specific district level organizational analysis projects and case studies are fundamental aspects of the course.
LSA 6030. School District Leadership (3).On Demand. This course is designed to review the major aspects of public school leadership. Candidates will be expected to review best practice as identified by literature of the discipline, while maintaining a practitioner's perspective. Students will be expected to build upon previous coursework and experience in school administration as well as current research in acquiring an understanding of the various positions of district level leadership in our public schools.
LSA 6080. District Leadership: Data-Informed Strategic Planning (3).On Demand. This course provides prospective school district executive high-level working knowledge of data systems—their structure, use, and analysis. The course provides content designed for district-level leaders of teams charged with developing and interpreting education data for school district executive decision-making. The course is presented in three modules: (1) Evaluating the Quality of Tests, Assessments and Other Measurement Data, (2) Databases and Data Warehousing (How to build a database or data warehouse and how to use it), and (3) A Look to the Future: Learning Analytics (How to make sense out of large sets of data).
LSA 6180. School Finance (3).F. A study of the principles which contribute to an understanding of public school finance. Emphasis is placed on budget making, fiscal management, and business operations.
LSA 6190. Developing and Managing District Resources (3).On Demand. This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect critically on resource development and management. Emphasis is given to problems of practice, while considering the roles school personnel play within the operation of a school district. Students will learn about the human and managerial complexities related to the development and management of resources necessary for promoting effective educational organizations. The course will develop district office administrators, who are able to acquire the knowledge and develop the capacity to create high performing human relations (HR) teams, as well as to understand the HR function and its roles in organizational and individual development. Candidates will learn to apply theory to authentic problems and practices in school districts through research--‐based solutions. The course will employ a variety of pedagogical strategies including lectures, guest lectures from practicing administrators, individual and group assignments, various forms of Educational technology, case studies, simulations, authentic assessment, and class discussions.
LSA 6250. School District Organizational Communications (3).On Demand. This course explores the topic of organizational communications by examining the different models and metaphors through which scholars and practitioners have attempted to understand organizations, from the mechanistic perspective of "scientific management" to the organizational view of systems theory. This course explores the implications of these models in terms of what they imply about the nature of human behavior and motivation, the role or function of organizations within society, and the role of communication within organizations.
LSA 6300. Human Resources Organization and Development (3).On Demand. This course is designed to help senior level school leaders and administrators at the district office level develop knowledge and capacity to create high performing Human Relations (HR) teams. The focus of the course is on the HR function and its roles in organizational and individual development. Particular emphasis is given to the theory and application of knowledge to authentic problems and practices in school districts through research-based solutions to organizational and individual development issues.
LSA 6400. Leading Change in Education (3).On Demand. This course is designed to assist school leaders in the process of leading and managing change in educational organizations. The content is appropriate for any practicing or aspiring educational leader who faces the dynamics of changing educational settings. The course provides both conceptual and practical models for managing the change process. A primary focus is placed on educational and instructional leadership.
LSA 6491. Educational Facilities (3).S. Planning the modern school plant, design and nature of functional educational facilities, personnel involvement, maintenance, determining the needs of the community, factors in the selection of sites, architectural and contractual services.
LSA 6500. Independent Study (1-4).On Demand. Subject matter may vary depending on student interest and need. A student may enroll more than once provided the content does not duplicate that of the previous course.
LSA 6530-6549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. Topics considered may include the following: Seminar in Educational Leadership; and Seminar in College Administration, etc.
LSA 6600. Seminar in Legal Problems (3).S. Current legal issues and problems related to organization and administration of public and private educational institutions. (Same as HE 6600.)
LSA 6700. Policy Analysis in Educational Leadership (3).On Demand. This course is a comprehensive analysis of policy theory, which explores the factors that influence policy formation and change, the role of policy in the solution of problems, the creation of organizational vision, the development of accountability, and the resolution of conflict. The course is designed to help prepare senior level school leaders to recognize complex policy issues, to design policy and create effective problem-solving policy, and to integrate that policy into strategic planning and organizational effectiveness.
LSA 6900. School Administration and Supervision Internship/Field Study (2-8).F;S. Supervised experiences of leadership and management under the direction of competent personnel, or study of problems in public schools, public school systems, or other appropriate agencies. Graded on an S/U basis for Ed.S. degree students.
LSA 6910. District-Level Action Research Leadership Evidences (3).On Demand. This course requires completion of supervised site-based research projects resulting in evidences emanating from national and state executive leadership standards. Intensive research is conducted relative to district-level leadership and supporting specific topics addressing current issues of district-level leadership practice through specific experiences, readings and seminar participation.
LSA 6999. Education Specialist Thesis (2-4).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.