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EDLS 7010 Organizational Change (3).

This course is designed to analyze the fundamental behavioral concepts and process of organizations. The complex process of organizational change and how it can be managed through a collection of techniques. Issues such as forces related to creating the need for organizational change in human resource and educational organizations will be examined.

EDLS 7110 Moral and Ethical Leadership (4).

Examination, discussion, and application of the major moral and ethical theories and principles confronting organizational leaders. Includes a discussion of the ethical relationships among professionals and the potential conflicts between personal and professional ethics.

 EDLS 7210 Leadership Theories (4).

An introductory examination of diverse philosophical and theoretical perspectives which have been used to study leadership and leadership theory as it relates particularly to educational and other human services organization from an interdisciplinary perspective.

EDLS 7310 Diversity and Cultural Leadership (3).

This course is designed to examine and bring to consciousness the social, cultural, and historical influences on leadership in a multicultural democracy. This will be done by investigating and making visible aspects of the social forces, cultural dynamics, and historical contexts which influence human experience. Discoveries to leadership roles and practices will also be applied, as well as used to question the ends or purposes of our leadership practices. The course involves both theory and practice with an emphasis on practitioner research.

EDLS 7410 Institutional Policy (3).

Institutional Policy has an emphasis on the balance between theory and practice. The students will examine various decision-making models, as well as the major stages in institutional policymaking and policy analysis, applicable to a variety of professions.

EDLS 7510 Leadership for Adult Development (3).

This course focuses on how adult learning and development processes are essential to effective leadership and can be nurtured by engaging in reflective exploration of personal and professional experiences and issues. The course addresses how the modern leader makes meaning of his or her personal, political, and professional dimensions in the context of social, cultural, and organizational environments. Life course issues, maintaining congruent personal and professional lives, theories of adult development, and finding the multifaceted “voices” that contribute to constructing meaning in our complex lives are explored.</.p>

EDLS 7610 Technology Trends in Institutional Leadership (3).

Investigation and analysis of technology factors and trends which influence organizations and institutional leadership. Areas include technology changes and effects on community formation, productivity, workflow and the workplace, megachange regarding epistemological/pedagogical possibilities, and an introduction to specific applications of chaos theory and complexity theory to organizations regarding leadership, governance, and technology.

EDLS 7710 Internship in Leadership Studies (2).

An advanced internship/practicum placement experience that is designed to be supportive of the experiential needs of each student as these needs relate to achieving that student's career goals. Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of EDLS "core" course work.

EDLS 7750 Proposal Development in Leadership Studies (3).

The broad purpose of this course is to provide students with experiences for the acquisition of skills needed to develop a dissertation proposal. Students will learn to use research to understand and investigate the connection between theory and practice in various areas of leadership. Students will (1) choose and refine a research topic, research problem, purpose statement, and questions or hypotheses, 2) review the literature and develop/choose a conceptual framework; and (3) develop methodological components of their study. Students are expected to enter the class with a topic focus.

EDAS 4090 Organization and Administration of Education in American Society (3).

Local, state and federal involvement in American education, current educational and legal issues, organization of schools, school finance, job placement, professional responsibilities of teachers. Prerequisite: EDFI 3020/EDFI 3030. C/F hours: 20.

EDAS 6210 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change (3).

An overview of administrative theory, tools, and technology; educational leadership; legal issues; organizational and community relationships; political structures; and program development, evaluation, and accountability.

EDAS 6220 The Contemporary Principal in a Technological Society (3).

Spring, Summer. An in-depth study of organization and administration of schools emphasizing programmatic styles and strategies, administrative policies, personnel concerns, communicative aspects, and decision-making options. The course will also address concepts, processes, and functions of various management models relative to the principalship and other administrative positions. Study of the use of technology, telecommunications, and information systems to enrich curriculum and instruction, school management/business procedures, and the evolution of technology applications that change how schools provide educational programs. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent.

EDAS 6230 Law,Ethics and Negotiation in School Administration (3).

Fall, Summer. The study of constitutions, statutes, and judicial decisions of federal and state government affecting schools; emphasis on Ohio legal authority, powers, and liabilities of school personnel; legal issues impacting school operations, contract management, collective bargaining, and employee-employer relations, and professional codes of ethics. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 6240 Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation (3).

Spring, Summer. A study of school resource identification and analysis, including allocation of resources, budget planning processes, and budget management functions reflecting district and/or school priorities. Awareness of current technology management tools and application will be an integral part of the course offering. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 6250 School Culture and Instructional and Professional Development (3).

Fall, Summer. The course emphasizes the organization and management of personnel functions in education as well as the role of the leader in implementing these functions in a manner that sustains the school culture and facilitates a shared vision. The course explores the various supervisory processes by which educational leaders promote instructional improvement that is conducive to student learning and exercise leadership in modern society. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 6300 Leadership Practicum/Internship I (3).

Fall, Summer. The practicum/internship includes a variety of substantial concurrent or capstone experiences in diverse settings, planned and guided cooperatively by university and school district personnel, conducted in schools and school districts over an extended period of time. Prerequisites: completion of 12 semester hours in EDAS including EDAS 6220 and EDAS 6250.

EDAS 6800 Graduate Seminar (1-3).

Selected topics within the discipline. Content varies from one year or semester to next. May be considered for professional growth or certification.

EDAS 6800 Thesis Research (1-12).

Credit for thesis study. Enrollment in excess of six hours is acceptable for Plan I master's degree, but no more than six hours creditable toward degree. Graded S/U.

EDAS 7210 Information Management, Evaluation, and Student Personnel Services (3).

Fall. A focus on use of qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision, to plan and assess school programs, to design accountability systems, to plan for school improvement, and to develop and conduct research. Student personnel services will include programs to fulfill student developmental, social, cultural, athletic, leadership, and scholastic needs working with staff, students, families, and community. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7220 Diversity of School Communities and Political Dynamics (3).

Summer. An examination of the relationship and interaction of school communities and the diverse interest of stakeholders as it relates to equity, change, and policy development. Internal and external constituents that interact with the school community will be examined in addition to the political perspectives, structures, and decision-making entities that comprise the cultural content of the school community. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7230 Personnel Administration in Education (3).

An investigation of the underlying personnel functions and concepts with emphasis on policies related to selection, evaluation, and development of personnel. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7240 School Business Affairs (3).

A focus on establishing operational plans and processes to accomplish strategic goals utilizing practical applications of organizational theories. Acquisition and management of financial and material assets and capital goods and services, allocating revenues according to district or school priorities. Awareness of current technology management tools and applications will be an integral part of the course offering. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7250 Board of Education and Superintendent Relations (3).

Interrelationship of the school board and the superintendent, emphasis on professional roles and responsibilities within the school community. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7300 Leadership Practicum/Internship II (3).

Fall, Summer. The second practicum is a continuation of EDAS 630. The experiences, planned and guided cooperatively by university and school district personnel, will reflect increasing complexity and responsibility, and include some work in private, community, or social service organizations. Participants will have significant opportunities in the workplace to synthesize and apply the knowledge, and to practice and develop the skills required for Administrative Licensure. Prerequisites: completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of EDAS course work, a master's degree, and a first practicum/internship experience.

EDAS 7310 Seminar: Educational Law (3).

Statutes and judicial decisions of federal and state government affecting schools, emphasis on Ohio. Legal authority, powers, and liabilities of school personnel; legal control; limitations of school finance, curriculum, and property. Prerequisites: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7320 Seminar: Business Applications in Education (3).

The study of techniques and strategies that may be used to manage effectively the business affairs of the educational enterprise with special emphasis on planning, systems analysis, forecasting, use of technology, and financial accountability systems. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7330 Seminar: Collective Bargaining (3).

The study of the collective bargaining process with emphasis on employee relations, negotiations, contract management, and other legal issues impacting school operations. Moral and ethical implications of policy options and political strategies will be an additional area of focus. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7340 Seminar: Educational Finance (3).

Financing public education in the U.S. with special emphasis on sources of support, methods of distribution, and problems and issues involved. There will be a focus on diverse school settings; understanding publics, ethics, and integrity; and the importance of collaboration and community engagement. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7350 Seminar: Integrated Leadership in Educational Organizations (3).

The examination of different theoretical empirical and experiential perspectives for understanding leadership in diverse educational organizations. Emphasis is upon developing an understanding of the diverse realities that characterize school culture and school climate. Prerequisite: 18 hours of EDAS graduate course work or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7360 Seminar: Educational Facilities Planning and Management (3).

Overview of the planning, modernization, and management of facilities in education; approached in terms of providing shelter that meets public health, sanitation, and safety requirements and provides the amount, distribution, and character of space, equipment, and furnishings. Prerequisite: EDAS 6210 or consent of instructor.

EDAS 7800 Graduate Seminar in Educational Administration and Supervision Topics (1-3).

Content varies from one year or semester to next. May be repeated on approval of student's advisor. Course may be considered for professional growth or certification.

EDAS 7820 Issues in Educational Administration and Supervision (1-4).

In-depth analysis of emerging trends and issues in education and their implications for educational leaders. Graded A/F.

EDAS 7830 Issues in Educational Administration and Supervision (1-4).

In-depth analysis of emerging trends and issues in education and their implications for educational leaders. Graded S/U.

EDAS 7840 Directed Readings in Educational Administration and Supervision (1-3).

Independent study, supervised study, selected problems, and tailored readings. Proposed program of study must be approved by instructor. May be repeated on approval of student's advisor for a total of nine semester hours.

EDAS 7960 Supervised Advanced Practicum in Educational Administration and Supervision (1-3).

Supervised experience designed to enable the student to develop and demonstrate effective leadership in a school or related setting.

EDAS 7990 Dissertation Research (1-16).

Student must register for a minimum of 16 hours in this course while working on doctoral dissertation; may be repeated to 30 hours in degree program.

EDFI 6000 Philosophy of Education (3).

Fall, Spring. Philosophical examination of issues pertinent to educational theory and practice. Readings of influential work in classical and contemporary philosophy, educational theory, and adjacent disciplines. Reading list varies depending upon the course focus. Approved for Distance Education.

EDFI 6010 Comparative Education (3).

Fall, Summer. Comparative study and critique of the role of education in national and global development. Emphasis on the interrelationship between cultural, economic, and political factors and the roles of education in selected developed and developing nations.

EDFI 6020 History of Education (3)

Spring, Summer. Historical background of contemporary educational theory, practice, and reform. Approved for Distance Education.

EDFI 6410 Statistics in Education (3).

Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size. Approved for Distance Education.

EDFI 6420  Research in Education (3).

Identification and evaluation of research problems, research designs, use of library resources, data gathering, and writing research reports. Prerequisite: EDFI 6410 or equivalent. Approved for Distance Education.

EDFI 6710 Human Growth and Development (3).

Fall, Summer. Study of basic knowledge and theories of human development and behavior from a multidisciplinary approach. Special emphasis placed on the socio-cultural nature of human development including the physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional growth patterns of individuals throughout the life span. Prerequisite: six hours of psychology, educational psychology, or consent of instructor. Approved for Distance Education.

EDFI 6730 Adolescence Development within Social Context (3).

Study of the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of adolescents in relation to their socio-cultural environments. Specific emphasis placed on adolescent behavior within the family, school, peer groups, and within the context of various historical and cultural settings. Prerequisite: six hours of psychology, educational psychology, or consent of instructor.

EDFI 7500 Quantitative Research and Statistical Methods in Leadership Studies (3).

Practical application and utilization of basic research methods and statistical techniques. Specific emphasis is placed upon the development of a research proposal and data analysis using SPSS. Prerequisite: EDFI 6410 or equivalent.

EDFI 7540 Qualitative Research Methods (3).

Doctoral-level course that examines the history and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research in education. Students will review a variety of qualitative studies and apply fundamental methods of data collection and analysis in conducting a small qualitative case study. Prerequisite: EDFI 6420 or EDFI 7500 or equivalent.

EDTL 6110 The Curriculum (3)

Sources of curriculum; foundational bases for contemporary curriculum; forces that shape design and development of curriculum; and factors related to implementing, modifying, and evaluating curriculum. Approved for Distance Education.

EDTL 7100 Curriculum and Instructional Design (3)

Spring, Summer. An analysis of curriculum and instructional systems, structures, and designs. Historical and philosophical bases for contemporary curriculum and instructional innovations and practices will be examined. Representative models will be presented and discussed to facilitate the creation of student-generated designs.