Courses

EDLE 5003. Schools and Society (Even years, Su). 3 Hours.

Schools and Society is an introduction to the social, structural, political and historical forces that have created the American school system.

EDLE 5013. School Organization and Administration (Odd years, Su) (Fa). 3 Hours.

Analysis of structure and organization of American public education; fundamental principles of school management and administration.

EDLE 5023. The School Principalship (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

Duties and responsibilities of the public school building administrator; examination and analysis of problems, issues, and current trends in the theory and practice of the principalship.

EDLE 5033. Psychology of Learning (Sp) (Odd years, Su). 3 Hours.

This course prepares educational leaders to create and sustain a learning centered environment in school settings. Students will study learning theory across the lifespan and apply it to the practice of instructional leadership, curriculum design, and staff development.

EDLE 5043. Leadership Ethics (Odd years, Su) (Fa). 3 Hours.

Leadership Ethics is an experiential based course grounded in ethical decision making theory that uses case study and practice to study school based ethical dilemmas.

EDLE 5053. School Law (Odd years, Su) (Fa). 3 Hours.

Legal aspects of public and private schooling: federal and state legislative statues and judicial decisions, with emphasis upon Arkansas public education.

EDLE 5063. Instructional Leadership, Planning, and Supervision (Odd years, Su) (Fa). 3 Hours.

Instructional Leadership, Planning, and Supervision is designed to prepare practitioners to seize the role of educational leader at the school site level through the development of a vision that will be used to drive a data driven instructional school plan.

EDLE 5073. Research for Leaders (Sp) (Odd years, Su). 3 Hours.

This course introduces research methodology that will support school leaders as consumers of educational research and supervisors of action research within their schools. Practical application of research for school leaders is emphasized.

EDLE 5083. Analytical Decision-Making (Sp) (Even years, Su). 3 Hours.

Analytical Decision Making is a performance based examination of the principles and practices related to the building administrator's role in the development, administration, and evaluation of curricular programs in public schools. This includes creating a school culture, fostering communication, aligning curriculum with state mandated standards, and staff development.

EDLE 5093. Effective Leadership for School Improvement (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

A performance based examination of strategic planning, group facilitation and decision-making, organizational behavior and development, professional ethics and standards, student services administration, and principles of effective leadership.

EDLE 574V. Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Supervised in-school/district experiences individually designed to afford opportunities to apply previously-acquired knowledge and skills in administrative workplace settings. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

EDLE 599V. Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Important foundational topics in educational leadership that are current and critical will be taught in this Master's-level seminar. Topics range from the psychology of learning and leading to how schools and society interact in the 21st century. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EDLE 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

EDLE 6023. School Facilities Planning and Management (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

School facilities planning, management, cost analysis, operations, and maintenance of the school plant.

EDLE 6053. School-Community Relations (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Community analysis, politics and education; power groups and influences; school issues and public responses; local policy development and implementation; effective communication and public relations strategies.

EDLE 605V. Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EDLE 6093. School District Governance: The Superintendency (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Analysis of the organizational and governance structures of American public education at national, state, and local levels.

EDLE 6103. School Finance (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles, issues and problems of school funding formulae and fiscal allocations to school districts.

EDLE 6173. School Business Management (Odd years, Su). 3 Hours.

Fiscal and resource management in public schools: budgeting, insurance, purchasing, and accounting.

EDLE 6333. Advanced Legal Issues in Education (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

The examination and discussion of advanced legal issues affecting public school education. Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing.

EDLE 6433. Legal Aspects of Special Education (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A study of litigation and legislation in special education, federal and state laws and court cases, and due process hearings.

This course is cross-listed with SPED 6433.

EDLE 6503. Topics in Educational Research for School Administration (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Application of educational research in the school setting by educational administrators. Emphasis placed on the use of state and local school or district data, data analysis, interpretation and reporting, hands-on experience with SPSS, and the formal process of writing a research report. Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing.

EDLE 6513. Program Evaluation in Education (Sp). 3 Hours.

Program Evaluation in Education is designed to introduce students to concepts and methods of policy and program evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on preparing educational leadership students to conduct a program evaluation specialist project of dissertation. Prerequisite: EDLE 6503 and ESRM 6403 or equivalent.

EDLE 6523. Advanced Application of Educational Leadership (Odd years, Su). 3 Hours.

A review of seminal and current works on leadership as applied to the educational setting. Provides knowledge of classic and contemporary strategies for leadership.

EDLE 6533. Educational Policy (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Examination of the research and theory related to the evolution of local, state, and federal governance and educational policy. Emphasis given to the consideration of procedures involving policy formulation, implementation, and analysis.

EDLE 6543. Introduction to Qualitative Research (Fa). 3 Hours.

This course offers an introduction to the qualitative approach to research in the Social Sciences. In particular, this course focuses on initial qualitative research designs that support planning, problem solving, and evaluation for educational leaders. Developing a conceptual framework, gaining an initial understanding of the methods of data collection and analysis, and establishing credibility in qualitative research are discussed. This course will be taught online using Blackboard and will require synchronous online class meetings that will require a webcam and microphone.

EDLE 6553. Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course has been designed to provide graduate students with a more in-depth understanding of qualitative research methods. Emphasis will be placed on preparing educational leadership students to design a qualitative or mixed-method dissertation study. Prerequisite: ESRM 6543 or WDED 572V.

EDLE 6563. Advanced Data Collection for Program Evaluation (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide graduate students with an in-depth understanding of how to effectively collect data for a program evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on guiding educational leadership students through the data collection procedures they will use for their dissertation. Prerequisite: ESRM 6543 or EDLE 6553.

EDLE 6573. Advanced Empirical Analysis for Program Evaluation (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide graduate students with an in-depth understanding of how to effectively analyze data for a program evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on guiding educational leadership students through the data analysis procedures they will use for their dissertation. Prerequisite: EDLE 6563.

EDLE 674V. Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EDLE 680V. Educational Specialist Project (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

An original project, research project, or report required of all Ed.S. Degree candidates. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ed.S. program.

EDLE 699V. Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EDLE 700V. Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-18 Hour.

Prerequisite: Candidacy.