Open Up a World of Leadership Opportunities
Focus on developing the skills you need to lead. The on-campus and online Educational Leadership curriculum incorporates research, curriculum development, student-centered instruction, community relations, school finance and much more.
Courses in the Educational Leadership program help you develop leadership skills that are tailored to your profession.
The on-campus and online Educational Leadership curriculum is designed for currently certified teachers with at least three years of classroom experience and includes 12 for a total of 36 credit hours. Students generally take one or two three-credit courses per term, enabling them to complete their M.Ed. in as few as 18 months.
Program participants seeking principal certification will complete the Practicum Action Research in their home district or school as their exit option.
Educational Leadership (MEd) Required Courses
EDU-520: The Educator Researcher
This course provides an introduction to methods of educational research. These methods encourage educators to be action researchers in their own classrooms, school districts, and/or communities to improve teaching and learning practice. Students will become familiar with purposeful quantitative and qualitative research designs to develop an increased understanding of the issues, both theoretical and practical, arising through the research process. An emphasis will be placed on understanding, interpreting, and critiquing educational research and developing research proposals.
EDU-533: Learning through Technology
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
EDU-547: Curriculum Development
This course is a comprehensive, practical basis for preparing school administrators and teachers to be knowledgeable, creative and effective curriculum designers. Readings will provide students information about the importance and relevance of good curriculum design. The primary focus of the course will be on the study and use of UBD (Understanding by Design). Students will develop a working model of a curriculum unit using the UBD framework.
EDU-550: Educational Assessment
This course builds assessment competency by analyzing recent trends in assessment for evaluating and documenting student performance and progress toward desired outcomes. Students examine the uses of assessment at the individual, class and school levels; including New England Common Assessment Data. Students will select and design assessments suitable for instructional decisions that support planning develo9ping curriculum, and making recommendations for instructional improvement. Students will interpret and communicate the results of both externally produced and teacher-produced assessment for a variety of audiences. Students will describe valid grading procedures and discuss ethical issues linked to assessment methods and uses of assessment information.
EDU-555: Student Centered Curriculum/Instruction
The course will emphasize the teacher's critical role as a designer of student learning and will address how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding using differentiated instruction can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets. The focus of this course is on the connections between Understanding by Design (UBD) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) as well as the use of standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the planning and delivery of curriculum for all types of learners.
EDU-582: Educational Factors of Diversity
This course examines a variety of factors that affect academic achievement for today's students from birth through the high school level. Students will examine diversity through the lens of race/ethnicity, language, economics, and academics. Culturally responsive teaching practices, including issues such as gender, ability, class, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural pluralism will be examined.
EDU-610: Ethics and School Law
The primary goal of this course is for the student to develop awareness of ethical, professional and legal issues pertinent to educational settings. These issues include, ethical decision making processes, legal mandates related to education and special education, professional relationships, confidentiality, supervision, conflict of interest, boundaries and diversity. Additionally, we will discuss obstacles that relate to the provision of educational services in the school and with children and their parents in general.
EDU-760: School Facilities and Finance
This course offers a study of the management and operation of a school facility and an understanding of school finance as it relates to the teaching and learning process. Students will learn how to engage school board members in a discussion about how school finance and facility relate to student achievement. Students will examine various tools and methodologies that support the school process and how to connect with community members in the budget building process. This course aims to make students better managers and consumers of financial information rather than budget officers; students will better understand the real-world implications and consequences of their decisions and allocations.
EDU-765: School and Community Relations
This course explores relationships with the broader community to foster learning. Students learn how to engage stakeholders, create and communicate a school vision of learning, develop community collaboration skills, capitalize on the diversity of the school community and use the cultural context of the larger community to develop activities and policies that benefit students and their families. This course makes use of individualized programs of study and experience.
EDU-780: School Organizational Leadership
The course explores the dynamics of transformational leadership that looks beyond traditional school environments and welcomes non-traditional thinking. Students will consider themselves "architects" of the teaching and learning environments within their schools wherein there is a culture of continuous improvement. Future school leaders will: explore technology that supports teachers and administrators decision-making; learn how to develop policies and practices that support learning; explore how extended learning time can advantage underachieving students; investigate the benefits and challenges of risk taking and transparency; and look at models of professional learning communities.
EDU-790: Practicum in School Leadership
Students are required to develop and implement two products and/or experiences and document a leadership role in the area of administration. Students complete a detailed proposal or plan of study on their goals, product(s), audience, follow-up, etc. for this practicum. The purpose of this practicum is to encourage the educator as researcher and leader in school administration and to encourage the integration and application of course work. The practicum is completed during the semester under the supervision of a certified school district administrator and the student's advisor. This course is the capstone of Educational Leadership.
ELE - Students may select one free elective
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Please note that Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
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