Department of Educational Studies & Leadership

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

EDAD 801: Philosophy and Historical Foundations of Urban Education
The purpose of the course is to analyze and study the philosophical and historical foundations that underline leadership concepts and practices in contemporary urban schools. Students explore the political, social, and economic context in which urban schools operate. Students also examine effective leadership and management strategies for urban schools in eight key policy/management areas: finance, personnel/employee relations, students' performance, program definition (curriculum and student services), facilities and security, media (communications and community relations), and education law.

EDAD 810: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics in Education
This is a statistics course designed to prepare the education student with the essential statistical concepts for developing statistical designs in their own research. In addition to the fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, students learn to use computers to compute data and to interpret computer-generated results produced by statistical software. Course topics include measurements of central tendency, variability, relative position, and correlation; sampling and probability distributions, tests of significance; t-tests; analysis of variance; chi-squire tests, and regression analysis.

EDAD 815: Educational Planning and Evaluation
This course is a comprehensive examination of planning practices and procedures in selected educational settings and includes the development of a model plan as a related research project. Advanced study of topics related to the design and development of educational policies and operations in support of organizational planning, including appropriate research needs and methods. The course also includes an introduction to the evaluation of the effectiveness of educational programs and policies in relation to systems theory and analysis of organizations.

EDAD 820: Human Resources
This course includes analysis and discussion of personnel administration in educational institutions. Special attention will be given to those functions and responsibilities related to the administration of personnel at the school district level. This course will address the personnel function and its contribution to the overall management and operation of a school system.

EDAD 825: Advanced School Law
This course will focus on the legal policy development and issues that arise in elementary and secondary schools. Topics will include liability for student injury, church/state conflicts, control over the curriculum and the expression of controversial views, and the schools' authority to make rules governing student and teacher conduct. It will also examine issues of equal opportunity, including school desegregation, bilingual education, sexual discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, and special education.

EDAD 830: Educational Government and Political Studies
Educators operate in a complex web of political relationships within schools and universities between educational institutions and communities, and across levels of government. This course is designed to enable educators to become more effective and responsible actors within this web of political relationships. The course engages students in 1) developing systematic knowledge about political environments; 2) developing skills and strategies necessary to act on that knowledge; and, 3) exploring and acquiring principles that shape responsible political action.

EDAD 835: Research Designs and Methods
The purpose of this course is to provide doctoral students with the skill necessary to design empirical research studies in the field of education. Survey, correlation and experimental research methods and practices are emphasized in the course. Course topics include: purposes and types of educational research; steps in conducting research and preparing a research proposal; selection of research questions for investigation and literature reviews; basic statistical methods and an introduction to statistical packages; development and validation of instrumentation; principles of sampling; research designs; data collection techniques; interpreting results, drawing conclusions, and reporting results. Survey and experimental research methods and practices are emphasized in the course.

EDAD 840: Leadership with Technology in a Global Information Age
This course will equip students with information, skills, and strategies to make efficient use of technology including computers, communications, and instructional approaches to lead 21st century American schools.

EDAD 845: Managing Financial Resources in Urban Education
This course includes analysis and discussion of current public and private local, state, and national sources of revenue for the support of public education. In addition, the students study school finance practice including detailed analysis of budgetary processes. Principles of sound management of income and expenditures bonding procedures, accounting, and auditing are also examined.

EDAD 850: Interdisciplinary Seminar
This course will address leadership ideas, values, cultures, and contemporary issues that are affecting society generally and education particularly. Also, the seminar will serve to enhance students' knowledge of multiculturalism, racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, and individuals with handicaps. Additionally, it will address school-community relations issues, principles, and recommended practices for dealing with those publics with whom school leaders regularly interact. The seminar may be repeated for credit.

EDAD 900: Applied Research Seminar
This course is designed to provide the doctoral student with an understanding of the various kinds of behavioral research and the various research designs appropriate to behavioral sciences; the development of skills in the use of basic statistical techniques appropriate to different designs; an understanding of the application of various assessments used within disciplines and skills to construct tests necessary for evaluating students; and, an introduction to the application of modem technology to enhance learning. The nature of the computer, relative and contemporary software, the Internet, and the application of telecommunications are presented. Specific experiences within a school-based setting are provided for students to observe, work with students, and apply the concepts and skills emphasized within the course.

EDAD 910: Dissertation I
This course will provide students the opportunity to identify and define a research area of inquiry and develop a proposal draft for the dissertation study. Students will be expected to select, plan, and outline an original research study appropriate for the dissertation requirement.

EDAD 920: Externship I
This course is a special interdisciplinary problem-solving activity for experienced educational practitioners. An interdisciplinary team of faculty will work with small groups of experienced administrators, supervisors, or instructors in an analysis of current educational problems or in an evaluation of educational practices. Students are judged on the quality of their investigations, individual reports and discussion.

EDAD 925: Externship II
The major focus of this internship will be on leadership in organizations. It will focus on those in education leadership positions and the problems, dilemmas, and opportunities they face in educational, public, and human service organizations. Particular attention will be paid to issues of leadership in diverse organizations. This experience will be a year-long research project and documented by portfolios.

EDAD 950: Dissertation II
The course will provide the students the opportunity to conduct a research inquiry resulting in a dissertation study. Students will complete an original research study appropriate for the dissertation requirements.

EDAD 951:  Dissertation Advisement
This course provides additional support to candidates who have revision to complete prior to the oral defense.