Candidates seeking the Administrative License will take the following 18 credit hours of core coursework.
EG 5103 Data Driven Learning Culture (3)
This course will focus on using data to guide planning, instruction and evaluation at the classroom, school and district level. The student will exhibit an understanding of basic statistical analysis and research design and methodology. The course will address best practices for analyzing and evaluating the rigor of curriculum and instruction and monitoring the school’s curricular program, as well as supporting a systematic process of student/teacher assessment and improvement, coaching and supervision and family engagement. The student will identify a problem that can be investigated using action research, clarify the problem, propose a solution and determine appropriate methodology for the research. In some programs, the student will complete the action research project in EG5363.
EG 5223 Communication, Collaboration & Community Relations (3)
The student will gain an understanding of the communication skills necessary to cultivate positive relationships and collaborations with diverse stakeholders in a school culture focused on teaching and learning. In addition to identifying strengths and weaknesses of their own communication process, students will study how to manage school and community resources, communicate assessment results, make decisions within an ethical context and develop and implement appropriate policies that benefit all students.
EG 5233 Learning-Focused Leadership (3)
Instruction will focus on engaging stakeholders in effectively developing and implementing the school’s vision, mission and goals; creating a culture conducive to learning throughout the school community; making best use of resources to achieve the school mission; and carrying out responsibilities ethically. The student will understand the challenges of continuous improvement while managing the school and fostering a school culture focused on teaching and learning. The class will discuss the methods and procedures for evaluating and developing instructional staff and programs. Principles and techniques of effective leadership will be researched and discussed in relation to these and the legal, moral and ethical implications of leaders’ actions and beliefs.
EG 5253 Learning Organizations & Strategic Change (3)
The student will gain an understanding of schools as organized systems and how schools are administered and supervised through an examination of appropriate theory, research and practice. Emphasis will be on strategic and pro-active approaches to standard operating procedures, data informed school planning and improvement, school operation and supervision and the implementation of continuous school improvement. Students will also focus on establishing and maintaining a disciplined and productive learning environment; solving problems of communication, curriculum, budget and finance; resource allocation; and acting within local, state and federal rules and regulations (including the Tennessee Internal School Uniform Accounting Policy Manual).
EG 5333 Professional Accountability (3)
In addition to becoming familiar with historical and contemporary issues in school law such as classroom discipline, student rights and teacher negligence, members of this class will understand how to establish appropriate policies that foster a diverse school atmosphere in which educators’ ethical values align with the school’s mission. The student will study state and federal laws and court decisions that impact educators as professionals and will learn best practices for hiring, supervision, development and evaluation of faculty and staff.
EG 536V Action Research (3)
The student will implement the action research proposal from EG5103 and test its effectiveness by applying the solution in a classroom/school setting. (In EG5103, the student will identify a problem that can be investigated using action research, clarify the problem, propose a solution and determine appropriate methodology for the research.) A written report and an oral presentation of the project will be completed.