Educational Leadership (K-12) Core Courses

EDDL 7300 (3-3-0) Foundations of Education

The course provides an introduction to educational leadership with an emphasis on leadership practice, development, and implementation. The work and challenges of educational leaders will be examined, as well as topical issues relevant to all educational leaders. The student will study the roles of servant leadership, credibility, vision, empowerment, and strategy for educational leaders.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDL 7301 (3-3-0) A Study of Historical and Contemporary Leadership

This course explores the developmental aspects of leadership in order to address the question: Are leaders born or made? Through the lens of developmental and learning theory research, students are engaged in an in-depth study of the lives of national leaders to gain a fuller understanding of leadership formation.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Summer.

EDDL 7303 (3-3-0) Organizational Behavior and Leadership

This course examines organizations from a sociological perspective to gain a comprehensive understanding of both theoretical and practical workings of K-12 and educational systems. Chaos, complexity theory, and appreciative theory will also be addressed, along with the common and diverse elements of structures, rational, natural, and open systems perspectives including application to school districts.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Spring, Summer.

EDDL 7304 (3-3-0) Leadership and Management Theories

Leadership is essentially the ability of an individual to influence others and themselves to achieve a purpose, attain a goal, or create a change. Contemporary organizations expect mastery of strategic leadership elements and comprehension of motivational and problem-solving approaches from their leaders. This course provides a survey of the key components of leadership and management theory, concepts, and models within the context of a Christian worldview. Students will examine leadership theory, ethics, values, attitudes, character development, and leadership behavior with an emphasis on developing the requisite skills for effective servant leadership.

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EDDL 7305 (3-3-0) Strategic Planning

This course explores organizational strategy from a theoretical perspective with an emphasis on the application of strategic models and tools to lead effectively within the K-12 institutions.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDL 7306 (3-3-0) Marketing and Public Relations

The content of this course emphasizes the following concepts:

1.     Principles underlying public relations in K-12 education

2.     Foundational elements of marketing in educational institutions

3.     Strategies for management and communication in a crisis situation

4.     Development of school community understanding and support

5.     Relationship development and collaboration among consumers, educators, members, constituents, governing boards, agencies, media, and the various publics to maximize educational programs and services

6.     Communication distribution strategies for public relations, marketing, promotion, and advertising

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDL 7336 (3-3-0) Local and State Policy Studies

This course is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of educational issues at the local and state levels.   Students will travel to Austin, Texas, and participate in various activities, including attending a superintendent’s conference, visit state legislative offices, meet with state-level educational leaders, etc.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Summer.

EDDL 7337 (3-3-0) National Policy Studies

This course is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of educational issues at the national level. Students will travel to the greater Washington, DC area and participate in various activities, including meeting with national education and association officials, visit historical sites related to leaders and leadership events, visit federal government buildings and officials, etc.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Summer.

EDDL 7338 (3-3-0) International Education Policy Studies

This course provides an introduction to educational leadership in international schools with an emphasis on leadership practice, development, and implementation. The work and challenges of educational leaders will be examined. The student will study the roles of servant leadership, credibility, vision, empowerment, and strategy for educational leaders in other countries.

Requisites: Attend the Nazareth Baptist School Mission Trip through the EDD K-12 program.

Offered:  Summer.

Educational Leadership (K-12) Research Core Courses

 EDDL 7330 (3-3-0) Principles of Educational Research

This course is an examination of the Treatise process for advancing a new point of view resulting from scholarly research with a focus on topic ideas and selection, literature review, research models (designs) and methodology. American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, and formal research writing. The course is designed to prepare the student for the EDDL 7333 Quantitative and Qualitative course.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDL 7333 (3-3-0) Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Analysis

This course is designed to prepare the student for planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research. It will build on previous knowledge of analysis, interpretation, and decision making in educational leadership and school improvement roles by connecting research methods to the scholastic K-12 educational settings.

Requisites: Master’s level statistics with a grade of B or higher.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

Educational Leadership (K-12) Leadership Cognate Courses

EDDS 7315 (3-3-0) Budgeting and Finance Principles

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with a practical knowledge of the business and financial aspects of K- 12 education administration. Students will gain an understanding of terminology, concepts, issues, and standard practices related to K-12 education budgeting and finance. Students will participate in a variety of applicable and research-based activities designed to provide the budgeting and finance knowledge and skills necessary to lead a school or school district. The content of the course will be discussed and applied from a Christ-centered servant leadership perspective.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDS 7320 (3-3-0) Internship in K-12 Leadership (S-L)

Students will participate in a collaboratively developed, field-based internship experience in district-level school leadership. These experiences are under the joint supervision of a district-level leader and a university professor. Activities and experiences will align with the Texas State Board for Educator Certification standards, domains, and competencies. Application for the internship must be made one semester prior to enrollment. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Fall, Spring.

EDDS 7355 (3-3-0) Advanced School Law (K-12)

Students will participate in a variety of authentic and research-based activities designed to provide the legal knowledge and skills necessary to lead school districts. Issues of local, state, and federal laws and policies will be addressed and applied from a servant leadership perspective.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

EDDS 7362 (3-3-0) Human Resource Management and Development

The purpose of this course is the practical study of personnel administration in the Texas public school system, aka human resources. All aspects will be explored, including legal issues, staffing, contracts, benefits, compensation, evaluations, leaves, labor, staff development, etc.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Fall, Spring.

EDDS 7364 (3-3-0) The Superintendency

Students will participate in a variety of authentic and research-based activities designed to provide the global overview of superintendency state and national standards, domains, and competencies necessary to lead school districts from a servant- leadership perspective.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDS 7373 (3-3-0) Supervision and Staff Development Training

This course explores the models, management techniques, and group process of supervision and staff development including an analysis of staffing patterns and organizational structure that support teaching and learning in K-12 education settings.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDS 7378 (3-3-0) Curriculum Design and Administration

This course explores current and classical theories of curriculum development with an analysis of the various determinants of, approaches to, and the systematic evaluation of curriculum in K-12 education settings.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

Educational Leadership (K-12) Treatise Courses

EDDL 7335 (3-3-0) Treatise Research and Proposal Design

The Treatise Research and Proposal Design course is designed to provide the student with the academic foundation and practical research skills essential to successfully plan, write, defend, and complete a scholarly treatise. The course incorporates decision-making in the areas of topic refinement, related literature research and development, research methodology and statistical design, and scholarly writing. The course is appropriate for students who are completing their course work, have selected a topic, and are moving into the research and treatise writing phase of their study.

Requisites: EDDL 7333, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Analysis.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDDL 7388 (3-3-0) Treatise I

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the development of their treatise proposals, writing treatise chapters, design, data analysis, preparing articles for publication, proposing research proposals for professional conferences, and other professional arenas. Emphasis will be placed on individual student work with their Chair and Treatise Committee members.

Requisites: Students must have their treatise proposal approved by the EDD Committee for research involving human subjects prior to completion of this course. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course until this occurs.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

EDDL 7389 (3-3-0) Treatise II

A continuation of Treatise Seminar I, doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the development of their treatise, writing treatise chapters, design, data analysis, preparing articles for publication, proposing research proposals for professional conferences and other professional arenas. Emphasis will be placed on individual student work with their Chair and Treatise Committee members.

Requisites: EDDL 7388 Treatise Seminar I.

Offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.