Education Specialist in Educational Leadership Coursework

EG 5233 PEL1: Leadership Behavior & Practice

Students will be introduced to personal and professional ethics in leader behavior.  Essential leadership traits of personal integrity, courage, resilience, and perseverance will be thoroughly examined. Students will learn how to set high standards for self, model professional learning, and establish a culture of personal and professional growth. Students will understand the value of leading by example as they move toward becoming a credible leader, one easily followed. Students will learn how to change confrontation into positive practice and results by exploring ways to enter into critical conversations with various stakeholders. Students will additionally learn how to distribute personal ethics in leadership to others through equal access, opportunity, and inclusionary practices. Students will learn how leaders can create positive environments of cultural competence and equity for all stakeholders. Additionally, students will understand the role of the school leader in the community and strategies to manage community circles.


EG 5243 PEL2: Law & Ethics in Leadership

This course will help students understand legal practices and the application of ethical principles in education. Students will learn how to ethically and equitably protect the rights of all stakeholders. Learners will study state and federal laws and how these impact educational leadership. Learners will review relevant court cases and make applications to leadership practice. Attention will be given to how leaders apply the law ethically and equitably to all aspects of educational leadership and to all stakeholders.


EG 5253 VL1: Vision and Change for Leaders

Students will be introduced to the strategic planning and change management processes. Students will learn how to create and conduct a needs assessment and use the resulting data to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to impact student learning.  Students will also learn how to implement a strategic plan as a method for creating or changing school culture, which ultimately impacts students’ ability to learn and progress both academically and personally. Students will understand the necessity for the focus to shift from teaching to learning…this is where change happens for all!


EG 5263 VL2: Communication and Community

Students will be introduced to the variety of communication styles utilized within the school environment. Students will learn how to craft effective messages based on information to be communicated and intended audience. Students will learn about valuable business and community partners and the pivotal role effective communication plays in fostering these relationships. Students will learn to leverage digital and social media. Additionally, students will learn how to match communication styles and messages to the appropriate stakeholder in order to maximize effectiveness. Students will then create a community engagement plan that leverages community assets for the benefit of the school.


EG 5483 LFL1: Instructional Leadership

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 5493 LFL2: Evaluating Instructional Practice

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 5553 ORG1: Crucial Communications

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 5563 ORG2: Political Implications in Education

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.


EG 5573 ORG3/4: Human Capital and Operations Management

Students will learn the basics of resource management in this course. Focusing on recruiting, hiring, and retaining top staff, students will gain a greater understanding of the role of people, positions, and roles within a successful organization. Students will learn about the importance of intentional, diverse hiring practices. Students will also work collaboratively with a field mentor to learn essential operating procedures of the physical plant and its relationship to student achievement. Students will learn how to assess physical plant needs, establish and maintain a safe and clean environment, and record proper documentation for all physical plant matters. Prospective leaders will understand, assess, develop, and implement crisis management plans. Attention will also be given to the leader’s role in technology access for student learning and student transportation.


EG 5583 ORG5: School Resource Management

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 5653 SPR1: Intro to Educational Research

This course will provide an introduction to the approaches to empirical research within the field of education.  Students will exhibit an understanding of educational research skills in design, methodology, and basic statistical analysis. Emphasis will be placed on helping students locate, understand, and apply educational research in practice. Students will implement learned skills to identify a project topic and complete a review of related literature. In some programs students will be required to further develop the topic into an action research or specialized field project. Students in these programs will implement the project, analyze data, draw conclusions, construct recommendations, and formally present findings in subsequent coursework and/or independent program requirements.


EG 6903 Education Specialist Project 1

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

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.