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Educational Leadership (EDAD)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1000. Schools and Democracy. 1. [I<>{none}] Content-based course focuses on critical-thinking skills necessary to understand, analyze, and produce knowledge within the framework of educational inquiry; introducing students to the themes of the agenda of the National Network for Educational Renewal which focuses on the purpose of schools in America.

JumpLink5010. Leadership for Curriculum Development. 3. Focuses on leadership skills that support curriculum and curriculum development in student learning and achievement. Key topics include: K-12 curriculum alignment; incorporating standards and community values; curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; equity and access for diverse learning needs; and effective communication about curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to program or consent of instructor.

5020. Leadership for School Organization. 3. Focuses on organizational leadership. Topics include: history of organizational leadership, leadership styles, change process, strategic planning, federal, state, and local governance as well as politics, power and policy, and school operations, to include budget, facilities, scheduling, recruitment, selection and induction. Prerequisite: Admission to program or consent of instructor.

5030. Leadership for School and Community Relations. 3. Focuses on the leadership role of the principal in building relations with students, staff, family, and community. Topics include school culture and climate, community and family involvement, public relations and communications, student discipline, and crisis management. Prerequisite: admission to program or consent of instructor.

5040. Leadership for Instruction. 3. Focuses on the principal as instructional leader. Topics include: developing a school vision of learning; employing effective instructional strategies, supervision and evaluation of teacher performance; integration of supervision, evaluation, and student achievement with professional development and professional learning communities, and instructional trends and issues within diverse learning communities. Prerequisite: Admission to program or consent of instructor.

5050. Leadership for Democratic Schools. 3. Designed to increase awareness of future school leaders of the principles of equity and excellence in education focused on democratic practices.  Topics include democratic educational practices, ethical leadership, renewal of public schools, and educational leadership in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and in ethnically and socio-economically diverse settings. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5060. Capstone in Educational Leadership. 3. Designed to assist the student in the creation of their master's program final project, which will be used as the written demonstration of mastery of the course outcomes as well as meeting the educational leadership (ELCC) standards.  Prerequisite: complete Core (EDAD) courses.

5070. Educational Trends. 1-6 (Max. 8). Provides reading, discussion, research, appraisal of new methods, materials, equipment procedures, and experimental programs concerned with the improvement of professional education as it pertains to educational administration. The maximum allowable credit applies to the total offerings under this number. Prerequisites: graduate standing, teaching experience, 12 semester hours in education.

5080. Introduction to School Law. 3. This course provides legal foundations of U.S. public schools and examines general principles of statutory and case law and applies judicial decisions to educational environments. Additionally, the course focuses on legal responsibilities, constraints, and opportunities for school leaders. Prerequisite: admission into UW Educational Administration, K-12.

5100. Human Relationships in Educational Leadership. 6. Designed to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and an understanding of leadership issues through concentrated study as members of a cohort group with a team of faculty. Prerequisites: admission to Principal Preparation Program and graduate study.

5150. Assessment, Accountability, and Student Learning. 3. Focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to lead schools in the alignment of standards, assessment, and instruction. Topics include analysis and interpretation of assessment results and educational data, recent history and current context of educational accountability in Wyoming, role of assessment and accountability in improving student learning. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5200. Educational Leadership and Organizational Management. 3. Designed to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the principal as an organizational manager. Topics include school law, budgeting, facilities planning, climate and policy development. Prerequisites: admission to Principal Preparation Program and graduate standing.

5300. Educational Leadership and Personnel Development. 3. Designed to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the principal as a personnel developer. Topics include empowerment, staff development, supervision of instruction, evaluation and team building skills. Prerequisites: admission to Principal Preparation Program and graduate standing.

5400. Instructional Leadership. 6. Designed to develop instructional leadership in aspiring principals. Topics include situational leadership, quality schools, outcome-based education, curriculum development, assessment of learning and instruction, technology, change and effective schools. Prerequisites: admission to the Principal Preparation Program and graduate standing.

5410. Short Course in Educational Administration. 1-6 (Max. 6). Used for special topics in educational administration on the basis of need. Prerequisites: six hours of education and/or consent of instructor.

5420. School Administration Workshop. 1-5 (Max. 5). Workshop designed mainly for the experienced school administrator who desires to acquire the latest information about developments in various areas of education. It is devoted to the intensive study of major problems and issues confronting school administrators. Prerequisites: 12 hours of educational administration and graduate standing and/or consent of instructor.

5490. Directed Professional Study. 1-6 (Max. 9). Similar to EDAD 5880 and provides additional opportunity for a student to pursue advanced graduate work through independent research. Projects are done under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school director, and graduate standing.

5500. Communication in Educational Leadership. 3. Designed for students to attain the knowledge and skills and to develop the attitudes congruent with the principal as an effective communicator. Topics include inter- and intra-personal communication skills, school and community relations, analysis of school and community power bases and group process skills. Prerequisites: admission to Principal Preparation Program and graduate standing.

5580. Supervised Internship in Educational Administration. 1-8 (Max. 12). Expand student knowledge by providing an intensive clinical experience in educational administration along with other activities that involve practical experiences with peers and with practicing K-12 administrators. Prerequisite: Admission into the UW Educational Leadership Principal Certificate, Master's or EdD Doctoral program.

5600. Educational Leader as Manager of Human Resources. 3. Focuses on linking theory related to organizations (including Bureaucracy Theory), decision-making and organizational effectiveness with effective practices in management of organizational personnel. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5650. Educational Leader as Communicator. 3. Focuses on inter- and intra-personal communication skills; group facilitation; organization and community public relations; parent and community involvement; negotiation; and conflict management. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5700. Educational Leader For Instruction. 3. Focuses on the study of curriculum development and implementation, instructional practice, assessment and staff development. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5720. Educational Leader as Change Agent. 3. Focuses on the study of change theory, change processes, change dynamics, decision-making models, and implementation of change in the organization setting. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5750. Educational Leader for the Board and Community. 3. Concentrates on the administrator as the leader of an organization's board and community. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5800. Educational Leader as Resource Manager. 3. Focuses upon the successful management and operation of the organizations fiscal resources, facilities, and support services. Includes work in the areas of transportation, food service, funding and budget, compensation, facilities, legal issues, calendar, special education, and policy influence. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5815. Advanced School Law. 3. Designed to provide advanced information concerning K-12 school law as it relates to public education. Students will acquire a deeper understanding of legal issues that routinely arise in the K-12 school setting. Prerequisite: Admission into the UW Educational Leadership EdD/PhD Doctoral Program.

5820. Educational Leader as Developer of Human Resources. 3. Focuses on linking the literature and theory of motivation, decision-making, team building, and organizational effectiveness to the implementation of effective practices in the areas of personnel empowerment. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5850. Educational Leader as Direction Setter. 3. Investigates how the educational leader can effectively create a futuristic vision and mission for the organization after assessing the existing culture and climate, and organizational readiness for change. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5870. Seminar in Legal Issues. 1-6 (Max. 8). Advanced students in education work together intensively on current issues and problems relevant to educational administration and participate in systematic, critical interpersonal evaluation. Eight hours are permitted on a doctoral program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and graduate standing.

5880. Special Problems. 1-6 (Max. 9). Provides a broad perspective through selected reading material and wherever possible the student collects and uses original information from a practical school situation. All work is done independently under the direction of a faculty member. As many conferences are held as necessary to assure successful completion of the project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school director, and graduate standing.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes. Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy. 

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