MA in Educational Leadership Courses & Curriculum

The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program requires the successful completion of 33 credit hours. Each educational leadership course is designed to help you prepare for the challenges of school administration, from building a community to resolving disputes to mastering the finances that keep your school running. You will hone your personal leadership style, create a new career path and learn to meet challenges in any situation. Graduates are prepared for licensure as a K-12 principal in NC.

EDU 610 Building Community - 3 hrs.
This course will examine multiple models for strong shared relationships between schools and stakeholders, such as family partnership programs, business outreach and civic engagement.

EDU 612 Leading Diversity - 3 hrs.
This course explores issues, problems and opportunities related to education in a diverse and multicultural society.

EDU 631 Supervision to Improve Instruction - 3 hrs.
In this course, students will explore the challenges of supervision. Rather than the traditional approaches of the past, students will investigate the paradigm shift toward coaching teachers with an emphasis on professional growth. Such topics as shared leadership, collegiality, and effective teaching strategies to improve instruction will be discussed.

EDU 642 Leading in a Global Society - 3 hrs.
Within the context of contemporary global changes, students will study methods to develop, communicate, implement and evaluate a shared vision and the importance of open and effective collaboration and communication among the many areas of global relations. Shared decision-making as well as strategies to bring all students to an adequate achievement level will be explored.

EDU 646 Professional Learning Communities - 3 hrs.
In this course, students will explore how to lead schools from a traditional school culture to a professional learning community. As students develop a plan for continuous school improvement, they will learn how to allocate resources to better support a system that emphasizes student-centered learning.

EDU 652 Leading in Human Resources and Finance - 3 hrs.
Interns will learn from this course how to help develop the complex financial skills necessary to lead a fiscally sound school combined with placement of resources to ensure teaching and learning with an overview of personnel functions in the recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation and development of school personnel. Interns will look at the issues involved from legal, ethical, and educational perspectives for high quality student experiences.

EDU 667 Education Law and Ethics - 3 hrs.
Students will study the ethical and legal dimensions of leadership through such topics as due process, search and seizure, staff evaluation and church/state conflicts, which will give them the necessary knowledge to understand and prevent legal problems. Equal opportunity, bilingual education, sexual discrimination and harassment and the education of exceptional children will also be discussed.

EDU 671 Curriculum Development and Implementation - 3 hrs.
In this course, students focus on the role of effective leadership in curriculum development and its implementation. Topics include theoretical foundations, models for curriculum development, and curricular processes as well as the role of the educational leader in the process. Students will consider their own schools to determine avenues and areas for improvement in these areas.

EDU 676 Improving Instruction Using Data - 3 hrs.
This course will prepare students to understand and use sound procedures for gathering and synthesizing data to make instructional decisions and assist teachers to use a variety of assessments to improve student achievement. Students will use achievement data to identify gaps and cause analysis. This study will find answers to real questions about real schools and be part of a plan to implement school change in the schools where the students will be leading.

EDU 695 School Executive Internship I - 3 hrs.
Students will collaborate with their school principals or other educational leader as well as a college-based instructor to undergo tasks that show a variety of leadership responsibilities.

EDU 696 School Executive Internship II - 3 hrs.
Students continue the tasks outlined in 695.

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