Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision (EACS)


2400 Field Experiences in Education. (Also listed under Professional Studies in Education.) 1 to 3 hours. Introduction to education as a profession based upon assignment to public schools and other educational agencies. Students will be expected to observe the schools in action, interact with students and professionals and participate in the instructional process. (F, Sp, Su)

2960 Individual Study. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; fewer than 62 total hours; approval of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed to provide an introduction to the study of education through a rigorous program of readings under the direction of a member of the faculty. (Irreg.)

3960 Honors Reading. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Provides students with the opportunity to develop an appropriate body of reading materials on topics not covered in detail in routine coursework. Students will be obliged to assume the primary initiative in selecting the topic, compiling the bibliography and completing the reading, and will report their progress in weekly sessions to their instructor. Credit will be given only after an intensive oral examination. (Irreg.)

3970 Honors Seminar. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Covers variable subjects in education with in-depth studies of issues not covered in the standard course offerings. (Irreg.)

3980 Honors Research. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Provides an opportunity for honors students to work on a special project under the guidance of a professor in the student's major area of study. (Irreg.)

3990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: one course in general area to be studied; permission of instructor and department. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Contracted independent study for topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. (F, Sp)

4960 Directed Readings in Education. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students preparing to teach who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

4970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

4980 Practicum in Education. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: nine hours of education courses. Provides field-type experience under faculty supervision and is designed to introduce the student to the practical application of theory within an environment in which professional practice takes place. (Irreg.)

4990 Special Problems in Education. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of title and subject. Variable as to subject and credit for areas of specialty and/or interest not otherwise provided in the standard offering of courses. (Irreg.)

G5233 The Organization of Education. Prerequisite: graduate standing. The organization of American schools. The history, relationships, functions, present status and trends in local, state and national education agencies. The places which professional educational associations, citizen's committees and other influential groups have in relation to schools. The administrative hierarchy in schools and the special functions of each level. The multicultural aspects of schooling in America. (F, Sp, Su)

G5253 Legal Aspects of School District Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Provides in-depth examination to broad educational law topics, students' rights, and teachers' rights. Study of the landmark laws and court cases within these topics to apply new information and understandings to the student's position in educational settings. (Irreg.)

G5263 Education and the Law. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Legal framework of education in the United States; consideration of federal and state constitutional provisions, federal and state statutes, federal and state judicial decisions and rules and regulations of the various federal and state agencies which affect education. (F, Sp, Su)

G5333 Politics in Educational Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. An overview of political activities at the local, state, and federal levels that will enhance the professional development of school administrators. Issues addressed include micro-politics at the school site and district offices; superintendent and school board relations; lobbying legislators and dealing with interest groups; the state political process, federal aid; and analysis of current political controversies. (F, Sp)

G5343 Financial Leadership in the Schools. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Primarily for prospective building level educational leaders, and includes a comprehensive overview of the effective management of fiscal resources in public schools. (Su)

G5363 Contemporary Curriculum Theorizing. Prerequisite: 5543. Using contemporary theorists' work, a variety of ways to theorize within the field of curriculum studies is examined. Dominant issues, questions, and concerns raised by contemporary curriculum scholars are explored as well as the significance of their thinking in light of our prior and emerging understandings of schools and classrooms. (F)

G5403 Inquiry for Performance Improvement. Prerequisite: graduate standing. School administrators need to draw on knowledge and competencies related to the inquiry process, measurement and assessment, and data collection, analysis, and intrepretation to lead continuous improvement. Inquiry for performance improvement is designed to develop the capacity of school leaders to manage effective performance by applying competencies of organizational research and development to the design and implementation of a balanced approach to performance management. (F, Sp)

G5543 School Level Instructional Leadership. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses on school-level leadership in the areas of instructional and curriculum leadership. In the areas of instruction, the role of the principal is to develop the instructional capacity of teachers by developing human capital, enhancing the quality of teaching resources, developing instructional cultures/climate to improve teaching, and learning. (F, Sp)

G5573 Supervision of Instruction. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses upon the clinical supervision of the classroom environment, instructional procedures and the evaluation of teaching through the processes of observation and consultation. Participants develop control of the instrumentation and procedures which enable them to gather, display and interpret data relevant to the evaluation of classroom environments. (F, Sp)

G5583 Supervision of Special Programs, Services, and Personnel in Schools. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses on the theoretical, legal and research bases of programs and services identified as temporary systems designed to accommodate the special needs of students and special skills of professionals. A study of models linking services and resources within schools and with communities. Topics will include: special learner programs, utilization of resource centers, counseling services, health services, and organization strategies and problems with “pull out” programs. (Sp)

G5593 Principal Leadership. Prerequisite: graduate standing. School leadership; effective schools; elementary and secondary administration; administration characteristics and responsibilities including personnel, fiscal, facility organization governance, and evaluation. (F)

G5613 Human Relations in Education (Crosslisted with H R 5613). Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup relations problems in the public schools. Specifically, deals with persistent school/classroom problems associated with multiculturism. Attempts to blend theory and practice through a lecture/discussion/problem-solving approach. Emphasizes teacher self-awareness as a major aspect of the human relations approach. (F, Sp)

G5623 School and Staff Development Management. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Provides preparation in the development of technical and conceptual skills applicable to principals in their establishment of professional cultures in school environment(s). Topics will include: staff development; school climate variables; school imaging problems, strategies, and improvement models; student special interest programs and recognition procedures; and involving external groups in school improvement. (F, Sp)

G5693 Technology in Educational Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Provides the administrator the training in theory and application of computer concepts and the utilization of specific software programs and applications to enhance administrative decision making. (F)

G5793 Technology Staff Development in Education. Prerequisite: 5693 or equivalent. Technology in the form of computers and multimedia devices is becoming increasingly prevalent in classrooms. As school districts are expending more funds to purchase equipment and provide networking, it is important that educators have the training and development necessary to effectively utilize technology to improve the instruction of students. The course is designed to familiarize students with research and best practices in the area of technology staff development. (Sp)

G5960 Directed Readings. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: 12 hours of education, approval of instructor, adviser and dean. May be repeated; maximum undergraduate credit eight hours; maximum graduate credit four hours. (Irreg.)

G5970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently ofered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G5980 Research for Master's Thesis. Variable enrollment, two to nine hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree, four hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G5990 Independent Study. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission by instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit six hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G6023 Applied Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Designed to provide advanced graduate students with research skills required of effective executive educational leaders. This course will provide students with the analytical tools necessary to become effective, critical consumers of educational research, and to enable potential educational leaders to oversee and supervise staff in the preparation, development, and dissemination of evaluative research. (F)

G6033 Advanced Curriculum Development. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Concepts of curriculum in K-12 education; program development; learning theories as related to curriculum; materials and media; principles of program and curriculum development; and construction of curriculum materials. (F)

G6103 Visionary Leadership in Education. Prerequiste: graduate standing. The course is intended to prepare educational leaders who value and are comitted to educating all students to become successful adults. Included is a detailed analysis of the role of vision and visionary leadership in educational organizations. Both scholarly literature and best practices concerning visionary leadership in education underlay course activities and discussions. (F)

G6123 Administrative and Organizational Theory. Prerequisite: graduate standing. An introduction to the important theoretical bases underlying the administration of organizations, particularly educational organizations; topics include bureaucracy, social systems, leadership, decision-making, properties of systems, communication and situational analysis. (F, Sp)

G6133 Qualitative Inquiry for Practitioners. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduces graduate students to concepts, methods, and issues in qualitative research as it is used in educational settings. Draws attention to epistemological and ethical concerns in social science and to strategic and logistical issues in the conduct of field research. Both positivist and interpretive approaches to the use of qualitative methods will be explored. Concept and theory building, strategies and techniques, and discussions of different issues of reliability and validity in the use of qualitative data will be emphasized. (F)

G6133 Qualitative Inquiry for Practitioners. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduces graduate students to concepts, methods, and issues in qualitative research as it is used in educational settings. Draws attention to epistemological and ethical concerns in social science and to strategic and logistical issues in the conduct of field research. Both positivist and interpretive approaches to the use of qualitative methods will be explored. Concept and theory building, strategies and techniques, and discussions of different issues of reliability and validity in the use of qualitative data will be emphasized. (F)

G6203 Instructional Leadership in Educational Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses on instructional leadership and its emphasis on competencies necessary for leadership and management of school districts. The class draws from research, public policy and educational practices related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, strategic planning, and professional growth plans. Will enable school district administrators to plan for the integration of technology in curriculum implementation, instructional strategies, and evaluation/assessment. (Sp)

G6213 Policy Evaluation. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. A review of selected theoretical evaluation models; topics include techniques of evaluation, generation of performance objectives, forecasting, simulation, and gaming. (Sp)

G6223 Policy Planning and Development in Education. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. An introduction to analytical techniques applicable to the development of education policy. Includes consideration of decision theory and its application to policy making. Social, political, economic and multicultural factors in the organization and its environment will be explored as contexts within which educational policy is established. (F)

G6233 Leadership in Post-Modern World. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Review and analysis of existing concepts of leadership; review and analysis of contemporary school leadership styles. (F)

G6253 Financing Education. Prerequisite: graduate standing, 5213, 5223, or equivalent or permission of instructor. A consideration of the roles of federal, state and local governments in the financing of education. Attention is given to the important contemporary issues related to educational financing at all three governmental levels. Also includes an introduction to the economics of education. (Sp)

G6263 Educational and Community Relations. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the field of intra/interpersonal relationships in the context of educational organizations and their constituent communities; topics include authenticity, organizational communication, leader behavior, group dynamics, and conflict management. (F)

G6273 Personnel Administration in Education. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Emphasizes application of selected concepts from the social sciences and organization theory which relate to understanding and managing people within the organizational setting. Focus is on all aspects of the personnel function including: manpower planning, recruitment, selection, placement, evaluation, development, compensation, security and an introduction to collective negotiations. (Sp)

G6283 Communication for Educational Renewal. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Engage students in examining communication theory and practice involving intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public communication settings within the context of educational renewal. (Su)

G6303 Strategic and Financial Planning in Education. Prereqisite: graduate standing. Strategic planning enables a district or school to shape and guide its overall educational objectives. Through effective strategic planning an educational organization creates a framework for developing, adapting and aligning organizational vision, mission and goals to achieve and sustain its desired educational outcomes. A critical element of the planning process is financial planning, in which the organization's goals are aligned with organizational resources. Course focuses on the leadership competencies necessary to formulate, execute and monitor the strategic planning for an educational organization based on research-based analytical techniques and models. Includes an examination for school district risk management. (Sp)

G6503 Ethics in Educational Administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Intends to familiarize upper-level graduate students with ethical theories that can be utilized in the policy development and administration of school districts and related decision making. Prepares students to enter school district management with the skills necessary to assume a successful leadership role. Firm grounding in the current problems of today's schools wil be used as an opportunity to explore decision making capacity as a district level administrator. Students will learn the foundations of ethics which will promote decision making. Challenges students to understand and apply ethical considerations with regard to 1) the rights of others with regard to confidentiality, dignity and honesty; 2) sensitivity to student diversity; and 3) impartiality in their interactions with others. Students will explain decisions based on ethical and legal priciples. (Sp)

G6663 Special Education Law. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Enables students to understand the legal complexities involved in identifying and providing educational services to students with special needs. (F)

G6673 Advanced Inquiry. Prerequisites: graduate standing and EACS 6023, 6713, and 6970. The course is intended to help provide advanced graduate students with necessary analytical skills to become effective consumers of research, and to produce an effective doctoral dissertation. The course focuses on skills related to formulation of research problems, developing research proposals, collection, analysis and interpretation of data. (Fa, Su)

G6693 Educational Technology Leadership. Prerequisite: graduate standing, 5693. Designed to help enhance the competencies of school district administrators in the area of educational technology leadership. Focuses on technology leadership (at the central office level), rather than technology user skills. Intended for district level leaders (such as superintendents) who are not technology specialists (e.g., the course is not intended for district level technology directors or coordinators). (F)

G6960 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Directed readings and/or literature review under the direction of a faculty member. (Irreg.)

G6970 Post-Master's Seminar. 2 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: master's degree, 24 hours of education, permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit twelve hours. Enrollment limited to students who hold the master's degree. (F, Sp, Su)

G6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation. Maximum of 15 hours credit for the Ed.D. and 30 hours for the Ph.D. (F, Sp, Su)

G6990 Individual Study in Education. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: 12 hours of education, graduate standing and permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit eight hours. For advanced graduate students who need to study some problem or area not adequately covered in the organized courses, under the direction of a staff member in whose area of specialization the problem lies. (Irreg.)


Updated: March 20, 2014