Course of Study

Educational Leadership Program

Classes are offered in an online, blended format. Over a 16-week semester, a class will meet three or four times face-to-face (first week, midterm week, finals week) with 12 or 13 online sessions. Typically, the online sessions are asynchronous in their presentation, meaning that students are not expected to be at the computer at the same time from their homes or other work place. This provides a high level of flexibility for students. Summer semester courses are offered in a similar format. We strongly believe there is benefit in combining online instruction with face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face classes provide an opportunity for dialogue and reflection, and the online component offers a significant amount of flexibility and personalization.

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The coursework varies slightly according to your program (Master's Degree, Specialist Degree, and Principal Licensure). Click on the tab below that corresponds to your program of interest to read more about the course requirements for your program.

*Courses are not always offered in the semesters listed. To obtain accurate information about course scheduling, contact us.

There are two courses of study for the M.E.D.

Plan II includes 33 credit hours of courses, as explained below. For Plan I, a student must complete 18-21 hours in the Educational Leadership Core, 6 hours of coursework in the Research (and Statistics) Core, and at least 3 credit hours of thesis research (EDAS 6990).

Educational Leadership Core (24 Credit Hours)

All of the following classes are required.

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDL 6210 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change Fall
EDL 6230 Law, Ethics and Negotiations in School Administration Summer
EDL 6240 Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation Summer
EDL 6250 School Culture, Instructional Program, and Professional Staff Development Fall
EDL 6300 Leadership Practicum/Internship I Fall, Spring, Summer
EDL 7210 Information Management, Evaluation and Student Personnel Service Summer
EDL 7220 Diversity of School Communities and Political Dynamics Summer

Research Core (6 Credit Hours)

EDFI 6420 is required, and one of the other two courses (EDFI 6410 or EDFI 6450) is required.

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDFI 6410 Statistics in Education Fall
EDFI 6420 Research in Education Fall
EDAS 6450 Using K-12 Assessment Data to Improve Practice Summer

Course in Foundations (3 Credit Hours)

Any one of the following courses will meet this requirement.

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDFI 6000 Philosophy of Education Fall
EDFI 6010 Comparative Education Summer
EDFI 6020 History of Education Summer
EDFI 6710 Human Growth and Development
Fall
EDFI 6730 Adolescence Fall, Spring, Summer

Required Coursework (30 Credit Hours) ED.S. Degree

All of the following classes are required in addition to one 3-credit EDAS or EDTL elective. Recommended electives include EDAS 7330 (Collective Bargaining) and EDAS 7230 (Personnel Administration).

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDL 6210 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change Fall
EDL 6230 Law, Ethics and Negotiations in School Administration Summer
EDL 6240 Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation Summer
EDL 6250 School Culture, Instructional Program, and Professional Staff Development Fall
EDL 6260 Seminar: Special Education Law, Inclusion, and Intervention Teams  
EDL 6300 Leadership Practicum/Internship I Fall, Spring, Summer
EDL 7210 Information Management, Evaluation and Student Personnel Service Summer
EDL 7220 Diversity of School Communities and Political Dynamics Summer
EDL 7300
District Level Internship  

Required Coursework (24 Credit Hours)

The Principal Licensure program (Educational Leadership Core) consists of the following eight courses. Additionally, licensure candidates must meet all the requirements of the ODE/BGSU Licensure checklist to be eligible for licensure.

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDL 6210 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change Fall
EDL 6230 Law, Ethics and Negotiations in School Administration Summer
EDL 6240 Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation Summer
EDL 6250 School Culture, Instructional Program, and Professional Staff Development Fall
EDL 6260 Seminar: Special Education Law, Inclusion, and Intervention Teams  
EDL 6300 Leadership Practicum/Internship I Fall, Spring, Summer
EDL 7210 Information Management, Evaluation and Student Personnel Service Summer
EDL 7220 Diversity of School Communities and Political Dynamics Summer

Required Coursework (15 Credit Hours) Superintendent Licensure

The superintendent licensure program consists of 5 required courses.

Course Number Course Title
Semesters Offered*
EDL 7230 Personnel Administration in Education Fall
EDL 7250 Board of Education and Superintendent Relations Summer
EDL 7300 Leadership Practicum/Internship II
Summer
EDL 7330 Seminar: Collective Bargaining Fall
EDL 7360 Seminar: Educational Facilities Planning and Management