University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2014-15

Educational Leadership

David Dolph, Department Chairperson

Please visit our department website at www.udayton.edu/education/edl

Through its Marianist traditions and principles, the mission of the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton is threefold. The first charge is to prepare scholar-practitioners to serve effectively in administrative roles and other leadership positions in PK-12 public, Catholic and other non-public schools. The second task is to contribute to the knowledge base in school administration. The third responsibility is to provide service to PK-12 public, Catholic and other non-public schools.

The Department of Educational Leadership is committed to providing quality instruction and support to individuals who (1) have demonstrated leadership potential within an educational setting and have expressed interest in pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership, or (2) hold a master's degree and wish to pursue a specific administrative licensure program, or (3) are interested in earning the Educational Specialist degree or the Ph.D., or (4) wish to improve their educational leadership knowledge and skills.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will be available to assist the student with information relative to their course of study. Students needing registration or program evaluation information should contact the department office.
 

Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Licensure (ELC)

A total of 45 semester hours is required to obtain the curriculum, instruction, and professional development licensure. Students may earn this licensure by completing the Educational Leadership master's degree, or its approved equivalent, plus 15 additional semester hours of coursework as listed below.  Beginning September 1, 2013, the Ohio Assessments for Educators will replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessment.  The Praxis II exam successfully completed before September 1, 2013 will be honored by the University of Dayton and the State of Ohio.  More information about the Ohio Assessments for Educators exam can be found online at http://www.oh.nesinc.com/.   The Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development (CIPD) license is a five year license and requires two years teaching experience.

Required Courses
EDA 852Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
EDA 710Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction3
EDA 733Internship III3
EDA 761Seminar: District Level Leadership3
Electives
select 1 from the following3
Curriculum Development & Leadership
Program & Staff Development
Total Hours15

 

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (EDs)

David Dolph, Ph.D., Department Chairperson

The Educational Specialist degree is offered jointly by the Graduate Schools of the University of Dayton and Wright State University.

This post-master's educational specialist degree, Ed.S., program is designed to enhance individual capabilities for educational leadership. The areas of staff/organizational development, curriculum development, program development and evaluation, law/finance/facilities, public relations, assessment and research are included. Emphasis is given to preparing individuals for central office positions.

The planned program of study requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of designated graduate work beyond the master's degree. The program may be completed either at the University of Dayton or at Wright State University. Previous post-master's coursework may be transferred into the program if it supports the objectives of the overall program and is in accordance with the university transfer credit guidelines.

Course List

Required Courses
EDA 807EDS Project Seminar3
EDA 812Program & Staff Development3
EDA 818Superintendency3
EDA 833Internship III *3
EDA 851Research3
or EDU 990 Research Methods & Design
EDA 852Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
Prereq: EDA 851 or other approved research course. Project must be completed within 12 months of starting date. Students who have taken EDA 551 or its equivalent should take EDU 990.
Educational Specialist Electives
Select five of the following:15
Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction
Curriculum Development & Leadership
Legal Issues in School Leadership
Law of Special Education
Seminar: District Level Management
Seminar: District Level Leadership
Seminar: Policy, Politics & Decision Making
Total Hours33

 

Master of Science in education in Educational Leadership (EDL)

To earn a master's degree in educational leadership, the student is required to successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester hours from the courses listed below and achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students have the opportunity to pursue coursework via the Internet or by combining distance learning and traditional courses in pursuit of the Master's Degree.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers an online master's degree with a Catholic school leadership concentration. Tuition scholarships are available to teachers and administrators working full time in Catholic schools or diocesan offices. For further program and scholarship information, contact David Dolph, Chairperson at ddolph1@udayton.edu. A three summer traditional program is also available for Catholic school educators.

EDA 505Educational Leadership3
EDA 507Internship I *Prereq EDA 5513
EDA 509Supervision & Professional Development3
EDA 510Instructional Leadership3
EDA 511Curriculum3
EDA 515School Law3
EDA 551Research3
EDA 555Community Relations for School Leaders3
EDA 556Leadership in Diverse Communities3
EDA 557School Finance3
Total Hours30

 

Principal Licensure (ELP)

Students may earn a Principal license by completing the University of Dayton Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, or its approved equivalent; successfully completing the 12 semester hours of designated Principal license coursework; providing evidence of two years of successful teaching experience under a standard teaching credential on the level for which the administrative license is sought; and obtaining a passing score on the Ohio Assessments for Educator's exam.  Beginning September 1, 2013, the Ohio Assessments for Educators will replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessment.  The Praxis II exam successfully completed with a passing score before September 1, 2013 will be honored by the University of Dayton and the State of Ohio.  More information about the Ohio Assessments for Educators exam can be found online at http://www.oh.nesinc.com/.  

Students have the opportunity to pursue coursework via the Internet or by combining distance learning and traditional courses in pursuit of the Principal license.

EDA 607Internship II Prereq. EDA 5073
EDA 611Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
EDA 626Staff Personnel3
EDA 655Principalship3
Total Hours12

 

Superintendent Licensure (ELS)

Students may earn a Superintendent license by completing both the University of Dayton Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and the Principal licensure, or their approved equivalent, plus the 12 additional semester hours of designated coursework as listed below. In addition, students must have successfully completed three years of administrative experience under a standard administration credential.

Required
EDA 718Superintendency3
EDA 733Internship III3
EDA 760Seminar: District Level Management3
EDA 761Seminar: District Level Leadership3
Total Hours12

 

Certificate in Catholic School Administration (CAT)

The program will provide valuable training, preparation, and educational experiences for Catholic school teachers who wish to help others improve their instructional abilities.  In today's world, certificate programs are becoming more important as they provide valuable information, and yet are cost friendly due to the need for fewer courses.  From an employer and employee standpoint, additional training can provide recognition of enhanced skills that can lead to greater opportunity for students and improved performance for employers.

The focus of the program will be to provide coursework that will enhance the ability of students to assist others in curricular and instructional improvement.  Specifically, the certificate program will consist of three courses, each worth three semester hours for a total of nine semester hours.  The courses will focus on leadership and human interaction (EDA 505), curriculum (EDA 511) and instructional leadership (EDA 510). 


EDA 505Educational Leadership3
EDA 510Instructional Leadership3
EDA 511Curriculum3

Courses

EDA 505. Educational Leadership. 3 Hours

The focus of this course is leadership within schools and the role of the educational leader as scholar/practitioner emphasizing excellence in the educational organization through the effective integration of theory and practice.

EDA 507. Internship I. 3 Hours

This course provides opportunities for the student to experience administrative responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on practicing the skills learned in the master's program, receiving feedback on efforts, and relating practice to theory. Prerequisite(s): EDA 551.

EDA 509. Supervision & Professional Development. 3 Hours

This course in the theory and practice of supervision is designed to explore essential concepts and skills necessary in providing leadership in the area of formative and summative evaluation for the improvement of teaching and learning. Emphasis will be placed on concepts and means of the scholar-practitioner providing leadership in the supervisory task areas and building learning communities through critical reflection.

EDA 510. Instructional Leadership. 3 Hours

The course focus is on developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values essential in helping others to expand/refine their instructional effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on helping teachers use alternating models of instruction, diagnosing learner needs, prescribing appropriate learner instructional strategies, and accommodating learner needs based upon the concept of diversity.

EDA 511. Curriculum. 3 Hours

The focus of this course is on the development of an understanding of the history, purposes, and practices of the school curriculum. Within the course, emphasis is placed on helping students personally integrate the scholarly and practical dimensions and on demonstrating that integration.

EDA 515. School Law. 3 Hours

This course addresses legal issues pertinent to teacher, administrator, and student legal rights and responsibilities in the school building. The legal process, structures of the law, legislation/litigation, and practices to avoid legal infringements are addressed.

EDA 551. Research. 3 Hours

This course will equip school leaders with the tools of research. Emphasis will be placed on becoming frequent and knowledgeable users of research on schools, developing skills in critiquing research, and applying the tools of research to address issues that face school leaders. This course is a prerequisite for EDA 507.

EDA 555. Community Relations for School Leaders. 3 Hours

This course is designed to assist school administrators in refining their communication skills and political understanding. Provisions are made for the development of guidelines, techniques, and practices that facilitate wholesome relationships between school and community.

EDA 556. Leadership in Diverse Communities. 3 Hours

This course will promote understanding of differences in race, gender, social class, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation and the implications of these differences for leadership in the school setting. Emphasis will be on promoting understanding and managing diversity within schools as learning organizations.

EDA 557. School Finance. 3 Hours

This course addresses topics such as equity, adequacy, efficiency in school funding; local, state, and federal funding sources; funding methods; and budgeting emphasizing features unique to Ohio.

EDA 607. Internship II. 3 Hours

The internship is intended to provide the participant an opportunity to relate the coursework, research, simulation, and independent study in which he/she has engaged to actual problems encountered in administering the elementary or secondary school building/program.

EDA 611. Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement. 3 Hours

This course focuses on the role of educational leaders with setting and attaining high academic goals for the primary purpose of maximized student learning outcomes, thus improving the practices of instruction and assessment. Educational leaders need an understanding of the best practices for enhancing teaching, curriculum, supervision, assessment and professional development. Educational leaders also need to know how to collect, interpret and analyze what's been assessed and to use this data with reporting to various constituents of the learning community. The focus of this course is the integration of theory with the practices of instruction and assessment for improving the teaching/learning process.

EDA 614. Variable Topics. 1-6 Hours

Variable topics workshop.

EDA 626. Staff Personnel. 3 Hours

This course emphasizes the systematic selection, evaluation, assignment and development of both professional and classified school personnel. Scholar-practitioners participating in this class will develop an understanding of the associated task areas.

EDA 654. School Finance. 3 Hours

This course addresses topics such as equity, adequacy, efficiency in school funding; local, state, and federal funding sources; funding methods; and budgeting emphasizing features unique to Ohio.

EDA 655. Principalship. 3 Hours

This course centers on the application of leadership and management principles to the elementary, middle, and secondary school settings. Emphases include developing vision and mission statements, reflecting on the leadership role of the principal, and reviewing the process for the daily administration of the total school program.

EDA 710. Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction. 3 Hours

This course is designed to refine participant understanding of the realms of meaning, characteristics of effective programs, research findings on effective instruction, and curriculum management.

EDA 711. Curriculum Development & Leadership. 3 Hours

The major focus of the course will be how an educational leader at the district level designs and implements curriculum based upon philosophical, psychological, and historical underpinnings of curriculum theory. A recurring focus in the course is the relationship of practice and scholarship and practice and theory as the educational leader creates a learning community.

EDA 712. Program & Staff Development. 3 Hours

This course is designed to strengthen student competence with program development and evaluation processes. Major emphasis is focused on staff development planning, program implementation, and program assessment.

EDA 718. Superintendency. 3 Hours

This course addresses the duties and responsibilities of central office administrators, especially those of the superintendent. Emphasis is placed on board of education relations, communication, and an analysis of the political structures within which the superintendent operates.

EDA 733. Internship III. 3 Hours

This internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in the ELCC standards through, substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real setting, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel. This course is intended to provide the participants with an opportunity to relate the coursework, research, simulation, and independent study in which they have engaged in real problems encountered in administration, supervision and instructional programs primarily in a district level/central office setting.

EDA 759. Law of Special Education. 3 Hours

A review of pertinent legislation and litigation and litigation impacting on the rights of parents, students, and teachers involved in the process of providing a free appropriate public education for children with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on how teachers can, through an understanding of the law, facilitate active parent participation in the developmental progress of students. Teachers' specific responsibilities are described in relation to current requirements for development of appropriate educational programs.

EDA 760. Seminar: District Level Management. 3 Hours

This course is intended to provide the participants with the knowledge and understanding of practical issues necessary for school superintendents to successfully manage a school district. These issues include matters relevant to managing a school district as an organization, managing the various operational components of the district, and managing district resources. Prerequisite(s): Admitted to Superintendent licensure program or permission of department chairperson.

EDA 761. Seminar: District Level Leadership. 3 Hours

This course addresses current topics related to district level issues including curriculum and instruction leadership (planning, goals, alignment, staff development), technology, accreditation, staff-personnel (hiring and supervision of district and building level administrators), community partnerships, capacity building, contract issues, ethics, and legal issues (focusing on special education) appropriate to each section along with other related areas associated with successful instructional leadership at the district level. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of each group of students in the district and the relationships that must be developed in order to achieve these ends.

EDA 762. Seminar: Policy, Politics & Decision Making. 3 Hours

The curriculum is both explanatory and exploratory and includes the following general topics: recommending, enforcing, and evaluating school district policy; political dimensions of district administration in the context of representative democracy; and, the application of problem solving and decision making paradigms in district administration. Focused attention is given to local stakeholder involvement in policy development and problem solving.

EDA 807. EDS Project Seminar. 3 Hours

Completion of the research project is an integral part of this degree program. Students earn three semester hours of credit for the completion of their research project. This project will relate to the individual's coursework, interest, and work responsibilities.

EDA 810. Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction. 3 Hours

See EDA 710.

EDA 811. Curriculum Development & Leadership. 3 Hours

See EDA 711.

EDA 812. Program & Staff Development. 3 Hours

See EDA 712.

EDA 818. Superintendency. 3 Hours

See EDA 718.

EDA 833. Internship III. 3 Hours

This experience is intended to provide the participant with an opportunity to relate the coursework, research, simulation, and independent study in which he/she has engaged to actual problems encountered in administration.

EDA 851. Research. 3 Hours

This course is designed to provide practical application and issues in research as they relate to the educational leader. The objective of the course is the development of a proposal to conduct a research project which the student will finish prior to completion of the Educational Specialist degree program.

EDA 852. Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement. 3 Hours

This course focuses on the role of educational leaders with setting and attaining high academic goals for the primary purpose of maximized student learning outcomes, thus improving the practices of instruction and assessment. Educational leaders need an understanding of the best practices for enhancing teaching, curriculum, supervision, assessment and professional development. Educational leaders also need to know how to collect, interpret and analyze what's been assessed and to use this data with reporting to various constituents of the learning community. The focus of this course is the integration of theory with the practices of instruction and assessment for improving the teaching/learning process.

EDA 855. Legal Issues in School Leadership. 3 Hours

This course addresses the statutes and judicial decisions which relate to schools and the responsibilities of boards of education, teachers, and administrators. Emphasis is placed on understanding the legal framework as it relates to providing quality education.

EDA 859. Law of Special Education. 3 Hours

A review of pertinent legislation and litigation and litigation impacting on the rights of parents, students, and teachers involved in the process of providing a free appropriate public education for children with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on how teachers can, through an understanding of the law, facilitate active parent participation in the developmental progress of students. Teachers' specific responsibilities are described in relation to current requirements for development of appropriate educational programs.

EDA 860. Seminar: District Level Management. 3 Hours

See EDA 760.

EDA 861. Seminar: District Level Leadership. 3 Hours

This course addresses current topics related to district level issues including curriculum and instruction leadership (planning, goals, alignment, staff development), technology, accreditation, staff-personnel (hiring and supervision of district and building level administrators), community partnerships, capacity building, contract issues, ethics, and legal issues (focusing on special education) appropriate to each section along with other related areas associated with successful instructional leadership at the district level. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of each group of students in the district and the relationships that must be developed in order to achieve these ends.

EDA 862. Seminar: Policy, Politics & Decision Making. 3 Hours

The curriculum is both explanatory and exploratory and includes the following general topics: recommending, enforcing, and evaluating school district policy; political dimensions of district administration in the context of representative democracy; and, the application of problem solving and decision making paradigms in district administration. Focused attention is given to local stakeholder involvement in policy development and problem solving.