Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Course Descriptions

All courses include required Practicum hours to be completed at the student's identified school site or alternate site. Enrollment in these courses is limited to accepted and matriculated students.

EDL-500: EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP - FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE (3 credits)
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This course provides students an opportunity to investigate, analyze, and apply various theories of leadership and associated concepts specified in the Interstate Schools Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) standards. Student will begin the process of designing a professional portfolio that demonstrates competency as an effective educational leader. (ISLLC 1, 2, 4, 5; NJDOE 1, 2, 4, 5) Offered every term.
EDL-510: THE INQUIRY PROCESS - A FRAMEWORK (3 credits)
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This course will introduce students to action research. Future educational leaders will study an intervention chosen specifically to respond to a research problem identified through reflection. The goal of the course and of action research is for students to gain better knowledge of their practice while improving the situation in which the practice is conducted. Students will develop competencies as an educational leader as outlined in the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Offered every term.
EDL-520: STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, PRE K-12 (3 credits)
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Curriculum revision is an ongoing process that requires professional guidance and support. Potential educational leaders need to understand the importance of curriculum development in the success of the educational experience and recognize the organization and relevance of curriculum change. Through the examination of various curriculum designs, educators will visualize an overview of systematic curriculum development. Standards-Based Curriculum Development, Pre-K?12 allows students to examine essential components of a cohesive curriculum based on such influences as national and state standards established to guide local curricular planning and development to meet the changing needs of students and other stakeholders in a diverse community. Processes for development of curricula at classroom, building, and district levels, regardless of grade, academic discipline, or kind of student, will be considered in preparation for hands-on experience in creating curriculum in the student's primary discipline. Integrating differentiated instruction through various curriculum designs will allow the educator to develop necessary skills, as an instructional leader, to facilitate his or her faculty's creation of successful curriculum documents. The entire process, from initial needs assessment to implementation, will be the focus of this course. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4). Offered every term.
EDL-530: CRITICAL ISSUES IN CURRICULUM DESIGN & EVALUATION, PRE K-12 (3 credits)
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This course is designed to guide the student in the process of identifying and analyzing emerging and developing issues in curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Such issues may include academic standards, diversity, technology, testing and assessment, innovative programs, and state and federal legislation. Included are the identification of curriculum sources, how these sources influence trends, how these trends emerge and evolve, their impact on student achievement, and how professionals, particularly supervisors, curriculum developers, teacher-leaders, and teachers, can use these trends and issues to improve student learning. Students study both the positive and negative aspects of the issues and develop a responsible approach to critically assess the importance and significance of emergent and future issues in order to function as responsible professionals. (ISLLC 2, 4, 6; NJDOE 2, 4, 6) Offered every term.
EDL-540: CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP & SUPERVISION (3 credits)
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This course provides students with multiple opportunities to critically analyze and apply various contemporary theories of effective school leadership to their professional practice. All theories are aligned with the national ISLLC standards and the NJDOE state standards, research-based frameworks informing the knowledge base, dispositions, and performances of effective school leaders. The course focuses on the performance aspects of effective leadership including empowering others, building collaborative organizational cultures, making informed decisions and communicating them skillfully, and resolving conflicts. Participation involves learning theoretical concepts through reflective writing activities, self-assessments, and practice ISLLC exams. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Offered every term.
EDL-550: SCHOOL LAW (3 credits)
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School leaders as stewards of the educational process must ensure that the schools follow both the letter and the spirit of the law. The democratic principles of the United States require leaders to protect and serve the rights of students, staff and other stakeholders. This course enables the future school leader to examine the federal, state and local laws, court decisions, rules and regulations impacting on education. Both general principles and specific applications are examined to provide the leader with the knowledge and understanding of the constitutional basis of both curricular and extracurricular programs and services. In addition, the course presents the opportunity to analyze such issues as desegregation, due process, student rights, tenure, and special needs students. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Offered every term.
EDL-660: HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION (3 credits)
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In this course, students learn the latest methods for attracting, inducting, motivating, retaining and supporting staff and how to monitor and supervise certificated and non-certificated faculty and staff to set high standards for the professional participation of all adults in the school community. Students apply systems management and collaborative decision making to effect change, particularly with respect to meeting state and district requirements. Open only to students matriculated in the Post-Master's Educational Leadership Certificate or MAEdL program. (ISLLC 2, 5, 6; NJDOE 2, 5, 6) Offered every term.
EDL-670: TECHNOLOGY FOR INSTRUCTION & ADMINISTRATION (3 credits)
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This course emphasizes the visionary leadership role of the principal as an instructional technologist, one who can thoughtfully and strategically provide direction to selection, use and evaluation of constantly changing technologies. Students assume a critical stance toward technology, its implications for effective school management and its impact on the teaching/learning process and the roles of teachers and learners. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3; NJDOE 1, 2, 3) Offered every term.
EDL-680: BUDGET FORECASTING & FISCAL PLANNING (3 credits)
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In this course, students, in collaboration with their school district mentors, examine the cyclical nature of budget development and implementation. Students analyze a budget at their school site and project how the budget should be implemented and coordinated so it aligns with the educational vision. (ISLLC 3; NJDOE 3) Offered every term.
EDL-690: DEVELOPING SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS (3 credits)
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Students develop an awareness of the political, social, cultural and economic systems and processes that impact their school communities by examining local, state, national and global policies, issues and forces that affect teaching and learning. Students learn techniques for advancing the goals and aspirations of diverse family and community groups so they can integrate information about these populations into school decision-making processes at their academic levels. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2,3,  4, 5, 6) Offered every term.
EDL-700: FIELD-BASED PRACTICUM (3 credits)
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The Field-Based Practicum is a culminating activity for students completing the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEdL) program. It requires you to engage in a 120-hour practicum experience, and thus the completion of 300 hours of practicum activities, at your school site or at an alternative site where you can put leadership theory into practice, working with a local school administrator and the course mentor. You design and implement a series of administrative, supervisory, curricular, and professional development activities that address the standards developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). Activities will be structured to address each of the six ISLLC Standards during the 12-week practicum. On completion of the activities, you will develop a final report that includes artifacts as well as analysis and reflective commentary on the practicum. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Offered every term.
EDL-710: PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
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As the capstone experience in the program, students prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their incremental achievement of the program standards. Students compose self-assessment narratives that reflect their experiences in the program, analyzing and assessing the degree to which they have achieved their goals, the influences they experienced which enabled them to master the subject, and the barriers that inhibited their progress. Standards-based competencies may be substantiated through documentary evidence of site-based participation in educational leadership roles and responsibilities, letters of endorsement or support from qualified site administrators, class assignments and research papers, reflective journal entries, contact logs with mentors. Open only to students matriculated in the MAEdL program. Prerequisites include EDL 500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 660, 670, and 680. Offered every term.
EDL-800: THE SUPERINTENDENCY (3 credits)
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This course provides both the theoretical constructs and the practical applications involved in the responsibilities exclusive to district-level administrative leadership. These include the macro-level applications of budgeting, staff development, community and external stakeholder relations, and advocacy. This course will also guide students in developing the initial components of a district-wide action research project focused on central office functions. (ISLLC 1, 3, 6; NJDOE 1, 3, 6)
EDL-810: PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (3 credits)
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As the capstone experience in the MAEdL program (District Leadership Area of Study), Professional Portfolio Development: School Administrators requires students to prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their achievement of program and ISLLC standards. This portfolio will show how the student has developed and how he or she has applied learning. The process of portfolio development involves: (1) goal setting; (2) decision-making and analysis in the selection of artifacts that document and recognize propositional and procedural knowledge and personal and professional attributes of leadership; and (3) self-evaluation and reflection. Students will learn how professional electronic portfolios are defined, organized, and evaluated. A second goal of this course is to prepare students to retool their portfolio for continued professional and academic advancement beyond the degree program. Students will be expected to substantiate standards-based competencies, a minimum of 300 internship hours at the building leadership level, and 150 hours at the district leadership level, addressing each of the ISLLC standards through all of, but not limited to, the following: documentary evidence of site-based participation in educational leadership roles and responsibilities, letters of endorsement or support from qualified site administrators, class assignments and research papers, reflective journal entries, contact logs with mentors, and self-assessment narratives. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJDOE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
EDL-820: FIELD-BASED PRACTICUM FOR SUPERINTENDENTS (3 credits)
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The Field-Based Practicum for Superintendents is the culminating activity for students seeking the School Administrator endorsement. It requires a 150-hour internship experience, at the district level, at a school site, or an alternative site. In the practicum, students can put leadership theory into practice, working with a local school superintendent or other district official. Students will develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary to become an informed, dynamic professional at the senior administrator level in a comprehensive school district serving children in pre-K?12. The field experience will test the application of theory, challenge the ability to promote the success of all students, and provide opportunities to develop the skills necessary to solve complex organizational issues. The course experience will culminate in a final capstone narrative or executive summary that demonstrates the candidate?s understanding and acceptance of the responsibility of making decisions typical of those made by educational leaders. (ISLLC 1, 3, 6; NJDOE 1, 3, 6)