The department believes that students in educational administration should be familiar with four program areas of knowledge:
Organizations and Planning
Program and Instructional Leadership and Management
Politics, Policy and Finance
Learning and Diversity
Knowledge in each of these areas is focused on providing a theoretical and empirical research knowledge base to facilitate improvements in teaching and learning in educational organizations. Students should take one course from each program area. Students who have taken similar courses at other institutions and are transferring credits for those courses should take an advanced or related ELPA course in each area identified through consultation with their advisor.
ORGANIZATIONS AND PLANNING
Knowledge of classic and emerging theoretical approaches to organizations; Understanding and interpreting organizational experience; Decision making; Planning and evaluation; Key relationships between organizations and their environments.
SELECT 1 COURSE
- ELPA 730 Program Development in Continuing Education
Basic concepts related to effective program development. Focus on the concepts relevant to programming with adults: (1) philosophical basis for change through adult education programs, (2) programming processes, (3) community and clientele analysis, (4) program involvement, (5) program design.
- ELPA 860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
Theoretical constructs and empirical research relating to administering organizations in education. Emphasis on administrative behavior with special attention to planning and organizational improvement.
- ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
Theory, research and practice in advanced program planning and evaluation involving elementary, secondary and higher and post-secondary education.
PROGRAM AND INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Leadership theory; Effective leadership; Functional, symbolic, political, and human aspects of leadership; Leading change; Conflict resolution; Empowerment; Sharing leadership; Motivation of self and others; Ethical and moral dimensions of leadership.
Select 1 course
- ELPA 715 Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
Functions organization, and administrative practices of colleges and universities; role of governing boards, administrators, faculty members, and students in policy making.
- ELPA 845 School-Level Leadership
Dimensions of school-level leadership includes a focus on dimensions of the principal?s leadership role, leadership tasks needed to advance equity and excellence in student learning, and distributed leadership.
- ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity
Creating and sustaining successful teaching and learning environments for students and staff is the guiding theme of this course. It is designed to provide teachers, learning specialists, principals, and other administrators with the foundations of research, theory, and best practices of instructional leadership to enhance teachers? capacity for equity and excellence in student learning.
POLITICS, POLICY AND FINANCE
Educational governance; Operating within a political environment; Understanding and interpreting political context; Principles of design and implementation of educational policies; Sources of revenues; Effective expenditure of educational dollars; Equity and adequacy issues.
select 1 course
- ELPA 830 School Finance and Resouce Allocation
Contemporary bases for collecting and distributing local, state, and federal funds for elementary and secondary education; problems and issues in financial support of education; current, alternative and more effective uses of educational resources.
- ELPA 831 Financing Post-secondary Education
Contemporary bases for collecting and distributing funds for postsecondary education provided by two-year institutions, colleges and universities; problems and issues in financing postsecondary institutions; economic aspects of expenditures for postsecondary education.
- ELPA 840 Public School Law
Legal aspects of public K-12 education. Legal structure; employee rights; employee discipline; curriculum; students' rights; student discipline, special education; torts; contracts, religion. Impact of federal and state constitutions, statutes, and court decisions on education.
- ELPA 841 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
Legal structure of higher education, including historical evolution as well as current legal problems. Attempts to assess the impact of legal decisions, statutes, and regulations upon higher education and to discuss the implications of the interaction of the legal system and university governance for the practicing administrator.
- ELPA 870 The Politics of Education
Policy development in education as a political process; community power, state and national politics in educational decision making; role of leadership and pressure groups, particularly the educational lobbies, in the shaping of educational policy at local, state, and national levels.
- ELPA 872 Educational Policy Research Design and Implementation
A policy research methods course which explores theories and practices relating to the development and implementation of educational policy with attention to matching appropriate policy research designs to policy goals and organizational contexts.
LEARNING AND DIVERSITY
Addressing the diverse learning needs of students; Professional development; Managing academic program, curriculum and instruction to promote student learning; Administering learning and co-curricular activities to reflect students’ common and distinct experiential base.
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- ELPA 735 Leadership for Equity and Diversity
Coordinating and effective utilization of school-based special services in the context of student diversity with attention to values, theory, and research underlying curriculum, instruction and policy, in terms of social class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and race.
- ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
- ELPA/C&I 746 The Adult Learner: Implications for Curriculum & Instruction
Analysis of the principles and instructional models applicable to the instruction of adults. Attention to the integration of research on learning and teaching in informal and formal educational settings.
- ELPA 848 Professional Development and Organizational Learning
Examines educators' professional learning in organizations and its contributions to organizational change, learning, and renewal.
- ELPA 880 Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
Explores higher education curriculum including academic program philosophy and design, planning and development, program innovations, liberal education, academic majors, graduate and professional education, program review and evaluation.
- ELPA 887 Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Survey of equity issues related to higher education access, admissions, transitions, persistence, and success. This seminar course focuses on the role of inequities across categories such as race, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, or religion in higher education alongside considerations as to how researchers and practitioners can better communicate with one another about diversity issues.