Education Specialist in Educational Leadership Coursework

Candidates seeking the Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership must take the Ed.S. Core Coursework in addition to the classes below for a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework:

EG 6483 LFL1: Instructional Leadership (3)

The course will focus learning on leadership practices, which drive student achievement in schools. Students will learn how school leaders can analyze and use data (formative and summative) to make appropriate decisions. Students will use simulated TVAAS data, place on a matrix to view achievement and growth data to derive outcomes and make plans for next steps to ensure progress and growth. Student will also learn how to establish, maintain, and lead professional learning communities within the school community for the specific purpose of improving student achievement.

EG 6493 LFL2: Evaluating Instructional Practice (3)

Students will learn how to identify, evaluate, and promote effective instructional practice.  Research based instructional practices will be discussed in conjunction with how to recognize effective teaching as measured by student outcomes and state approved teacher evaluation models. Prospective leaders will learn how to provide high quality feedback and encourage reflective practices from the roles of evaluator, mentor, and coach.  Students will learn how to support teachers in the change process through collaborative conversations, student data, and instruction for growth.

EG 6551 Crucial Communications (1)

This course will focus on a leader’s personal communication style and how it impacts effective communication within a learning community. Students will explore the relationship between communication and decision making that is both valid and transparent from the stakeholder perspective. Students will define their personal communication style, decision making style, and create an effective communications plan that addresses a specific school need and allows response to stakeholder concerns. This course will also serve as an introduction to courses in Strand IV Organizational Leadership. Students will be introduced to fieldwork and partnered with a mentor.

EG 6562 Political Implications in Education (2)

This course will focus on the different political structures in place that exist to support schools. Students will learn a myriad of ways that political involvement can support student success. Students will be required to collaborate with a mentor practitioner. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives. 

EG 6583 ORG5: School Resource Management (3)

This course focuses on an educational leader’s role in managing resources. Creating and implementing budgets at the school and district level will be explored. Students will learn federal, state, and local requirements for ethical management of all educational fiscal resources. Additionally, students will understand other funding sources: grants, donations, fundraisers, etc. Attention will be given to the relationship between resource management and academic achievement.

EG 6903 Education Specialist Project 1 (3)

In this independent study course, the student will work with the instructor to select a real-world project in which to apply knowledge and competencies attained in the Ed.S. curriculum. It should be taken in one of the last two semesters of the Ed.S. program.  The project may be completed in the area of Collaborative Professional Learning, English Language Learning, Reading, or Educational Leadership.

EG 6913 Education Specialist Project 2 (3)

In this second of two independent study courses, the student will work with the instructor to complete a real-world project in which to apply knowledge and competencies attained in the Ed.S. curriculum. It should be taken in one of the last two semesters of the Ed.S. program.  The project may be completed in the area of Collaborative Professional Learning, English Language Learning, Reading, or Educational Leadership.

ICM 5003 Survey of Conflict Management (3)

See the Institute of Conflict Management course listing.