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Principal Preparation Program

Courses

Successful completion of 33 hours of graduate credit is required. The PPP plan includes a minimum of 5 core courses for 14 hours and a minimum of 19 hours of coursework for the leadership concentration as described below. Students entering the program who seek only the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership without principal certification will not be required to take the state principal certification exam, but must take the same courses as students who seek both the master’s degree and principal certification.

 

Courses for M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

MEDU 5324  Introduction to Leadership in Educational Settings
This course provides an introduction to the knowledge base of research and practice in education leadership based on the Educational Leadership Constituent Council’s (ELCC’s) 2011 Building Level Standards from the National Policy Board For Educational Administration (NPBEA) and the principal competencies established for the Texas Education Agency’s State Board for Educator Certification. The course will focus on the role of leaders in the social, political, and legal context of schools. It will also examine the role of leadership in school improvement. 3 hours

MEDU 5301  Schools as Learning Communities – Organization & Culture
This course focuses on how organizational culture and climate intersect with diverse subcultures in the school and school community. Students will learn how to develop and understand culturally proficient leadership, collect data on school culture, climate, and community to develop action plans that address needs. Students will explore the application of organizational, communication, multicultural and cultural proficiency theories, and models of/in day-to-day practice. 3 hours

MEDU 5221  Practicum for School Leadership A
This course provides individualized, sustained field experiences and clinical internship practice within a school setting, monitored by a qualified onsite mentor and university supervisor. 2 hours

MEDU 5302  Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Education
This course provides an opportunity to become familiar with legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements and responsibilities of educational leaders. State and national education issues covered include school finance, school law, special programs, leadership and management, instructional issues, evaluation of programs and personnel, and changing policies at the state and national level. 3 hours

MEDU 5325  Curriculum Leadership and Assessment
This course focuses on data driven decision making, and examines how leaders in educational settings use data to analyze and improve student learning. 3 hours

MEDU 5204  Introduction to Research Methods
This course provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Students will utilize components of literature review, data collection, and analysis to conduct an action research project that addresses an educational problem/question. 2 hours

MEDU 5326  Administrative Processes and Operations in Schools
This course examines critical topics such as effective resource management, facilities management, and school safety. 3 hours

MEDU 5327  Administration, Supervision, and Improvement of Instruction
This course examines how educational leaders manage human resources, addressing such topics as recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of staff. This course addresses the development of effective leadership strategies to improve student achievement through curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and instructional supervision. 3 hours

MEDU 5222  Practicum for School Leadership B
This course provides individualized, sustained field experiences and clinical internship practice within a school setting, monitored by a qualified onsite mentor and university supervisor. 2 hours

MEDU 5305  Action Research Project
In lieu of thesis, the student will produce a written report of the Action Research Project developed and conducted in Intro to Research Methods and present it in a professional setting. 3 hours.    Pre-req: Intro to Research Methods

MEDU 5303  Diversity and Special Programs in Schools
Students will survey diverse populations and programs associated with schools. Programs reviewed include special education, state and national reading initiatives, federal programs, gifted and talented, English language learners, and others. Discussion includes the impact of these programs on student success and the connection back to various policies and documents. 3 hours

MEDU 5323  Practicum for School Leadership C
This course provides individualized, sustained field experiences and clinical internship practice within a school setting, monitored by a qualified onsite mentor and university supervisor. Includes preparation for state certification exam. 3 hours