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ED5320
School Leadership and Management Practices

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of school leadership and management aligned with six fundamental National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) program standards and their applications to the work of school leaders. Learners examine business and public administration models and explore theoretical constructs from various disciplines.  This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED5802
Principles of Instructional Design

In this course, learners develop professional skills and competencies pertaining to instructional design process, theories, and strategies. Learners focus on the decisions that instructional designers make, the principles and concepts that drive those decisions, and the ways the decisions are interrelated. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED5804
The Delivery of Distance Education

In this course, learners gain an understanding of current distance education delivery systems, including print, recorded audio and video, and Internet technologies. Learners also examine the ways delivery technologies inform and constrain design decisions.

4 quarter credits
ED5810
Project Management for e-Learning Development

This course presents project management topics, techniques, media strategies, and ethical standards specific to e-learning development. Learners identify and apply the tools, methods, and processes used to effectively budget, implement, and manage e-learning development projects.

4 quarter credits
ED7014
Leading Diverse Schools

In this course, learners evaluate approaches to creating an inclusive school environment that demonstrates respect and value for diverse staff and student populations. Learners assess communication and collaboration strategies that leverage the strengths of diversity to create an effective learning environment and examine the institutional, political, and legal factors that influence the ways schools address diversity issues. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7016 *
Technology Integration in Schools

This course addresses the principal’s role in integrating technology in schools to improve the effectiveness of instructional programs and school operations. Learners assess strategies for supporting school administrators, teachers, staff, and students in appropriately leveraging technology to maximize learning. Learners also explore the ways they can use technology to support their own work as leaders. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7106
Curriculum Development

In this course, learners explore curriculum and instruction design, organization, implementation, and evaluation and its impact on teaching and learning. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7108 *
Imperatives for Educational Leaders

In this course, learners examine elements used to assess a school or school district curriculum and instructional program, including student achievement data and instructional best practices. Learners explore the scope of diversity and the various categories of diversity found among students, (including ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area). Learners identify teaching, learning, and leadership principles and practices, and examine strategies to create fair, equitable, and inclusive learning environments that ensure the opportunity for all students to reach their full potential. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7537
Emerging Technology and Multimedia for Curriculum and Instruction

Through an examination of research and literature, learners examine current trends and issues related to the impact of technology and multimedia on P–12 student teaching and learning. Based on a review of the literature, learners develop course projects that include the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessments enhanced through innovative technology and multimedia applications. The course provides real-world skills, tools, and field experiences designed to support school and district leaders and instructional support staff. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.

4 quarter credits
ED7541 *
Teacher Supervision and Evaluation

Learners in this course examine current theories and best practices of teacher supervision and evaluation. In particular, learners focus on instructional leadership and professional development as part of a systemic plan to improve student learning. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7542 *
The Politics of P–12 Education

This course provides learners with a theoretical foundation of education policy and presents the basic analytical categories of political science as they apply to education. Topics include the influence of local, state, and federal governments in school finance, school policy making, school and community relations, privatization and choice, decentralization, desegregation, affirmative action, bilingual education, technology, and teacher empowerment. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7543 *
The Superintendency

In this course, learners explore the complex and challenging position of the school superintendent. Learners acquire knowledge and skills related to superintendent roles and responsibilities, material and human resource management, school board relationships, and school district organization and culture. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7544 *
Introduction to School Business Administration

In this course, learners examine the fundamentals of school business administration. Topics include accounting and budgeting, facilities planning and construction, purchasing and warehousing, staffing, maintenance and operations, risk management, information technology, nutrition services, and transportation. Learners also explore the legal requirements associated with school business administration. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7545 *
Special Education Administration

This course provides an overview of special education administration functions and services. Learners identify the human and material resource responsibilities, activities, and challenges associated with integrating students with disabilities into educational programs. Learners also examine the ethical, legal, and financial roles administrators have to staff, students, and families in administering special education programs and services. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7550 *
Leadership for Director of Special Education

Learners in this course examine the leadership skills needed to lead and manage special education programs. The focus of the course is on developing a shared vision, respecting and advocating for the needs of exceptional children, leading the change process, and collaborating with families, school personnel, stakeholder organizations, and the community. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7545, ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7551 *
Special Education Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

Learners in this course analyze, develop, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies for students with diverse educational needs. Learners identify current instructional best practices, determine effective uses of technologies, develop curriculum and instruction plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of special education services in general and special education environments. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7545, ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7552 *
Special Education Law and Finance

Learners in this course study the legal and financial considerations of special education programs and services. In particular, learners examine historical and current case law; federal and state regulations, including the policies and procedures that monitor special education programs and services; the political and ethical considerations that affect the education of students with disabilities and their families; and human resource and finance issues. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7545, ED7820, ED7822, ED7823. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7631
Introduction to Training and Performance Systems

This course is an overview of training and human performance improvement (HPI). Learners review the evolution of HPI through the introduction of associated theories, concepts, and processes. Learners experience the power and value of HPI in organizations by reviewing and assessing real-world projects that include business, performance, gap and cause analyses, intervention selection and implementation, and change and evaluation plans.  Prerequisite(s): ED5010 or EDD8010.  Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
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ED7641
Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures

This course is a survey of the needs assessment models and procedures used to diagnose the causes of organizational performance problems. Learners design and develop needs assessment instruments and collect and analyze data to differentiate organizationalperformance issues that require training solutions from those that require non-training interventions.  Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7652
Evaluating Training and Performance Improvement Systems

Learners explore reasons that evaluation is essential: so that courses or performance solutions can be improved and so that it can be clearly shown how a particular training intervention can improve both personal and organizational performance. This course provides learners with an understanding of measurement and evaluation theory, principles, and procedures. Topics include quantitative and qualitative measures, performance objectives, Kirkpatrick’s five levels, and reporting strategies. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7662
Designing Training and Performance Solutions

Learners in this course explore various training and performance gaps and solutions associated with information, resources, incentives, knowledge, and capacity. Learners examine theoretical models used to match performance gaps with potential solutions and identify the factors needed to enhance the success of a performance improvement intervention. Learners then select a performance gap to address using an intervention selection tool. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7672
Delivery Systems for Training and Performance Improvement

This course provides learners with an in-depth, application-based overview of methods for implementing training and performance improvement interventions. Learners develop techniques for administering training, feedback, incentive interventions, and learn about change management strategies. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7675 *
Return on Investment in Training and Performance Improvement

Learners in this course use a return-on-investment (ROI) methodology to develop a plan to measure the impact of an intervention. The process model includes evaluation planning, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct an impact study and support achievement of ROI Certification from the ROI Institute.  Prerequisite(s): ED7631,ED7641; or EDD8534, EDD8536 .  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7820
Principles of Educational Administration

This course presents an overview of principles of P–12 education leadership theory and practice aligned with five Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) standards. The course incorporates multimedia, including embedded simulations, to enhance presentation and understanding of concepts and issues in school or district leadership and administration. Learners also examine business and public administration models and explore theoretical constructs from various disciplines. This course requires interaction with practicing school or district administrators and access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7822 *
The Funding of Educational Institutions

Learners in this course examine a variety of public education funding issues. In particular, learners examine the effect of litigation and politics on present and future funding patterns and school finance reform. Learners also identify the ways politics have affected the allocation of resources at all levels of government. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7823 *
Education and the Law

In this course, learners analyze the laws and legal issues affecting P–12 school systems and their constituents and study the tools and methods used to prevent and resolve legal problems. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7830
Coaching for High Performance

In this course, learners study theories and practices used to coach individuals to improved learning, decision making, and performance. Learners explore theoretical coaching approaches and models; client needs assessment; the coaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for supporting clients through personal and professional change; and the role of coaching in organizational performance systems. Learners focus on becoming confident and effective mediators of people seeking to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7852 *
P–12 Principalship

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the responsibilities and issues associated with the role of the 21st-century P–12 principal. Topics include effective P–12 school leadership and management, curriculum and instruction planning and assessment, and collaboration with stakeholders. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820 and ED7014, or ED5320. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7857 *
Personnel Administration

Learners in this course study school policy making, staffing assignment, salary negotiation, grievance procedures, records, supervision, and the evaluation of professional and nonprofessional employees. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED8533 *
Advanced Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice

Learners in this course formulate a research-based professional vision for curriculum design and develop a curriculum for a specific content and grade-level application using advanced computer-based curriculum mapping applications. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8534 *
Advanced Instruction and Assessment: Theory and Practice

In this course, learners explore the various ways advanced (differentiated) instruction and assessment can serve the diverse needs of learners. Through the lens of a classroom practitioner and building/ district administrator, learners discuss various aspects of advanced instruction and assessment. Learners also consider theories in research as they relate to differentiated instruction and assessment and use field experience to examine current and emerging issues and trends involving instruction and assessment. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8535 *
Advanced Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction

In this course, learners examine student learning achievement theories and practices and apply them in their own professional settings. Learners also develop collaborative activities focused on improving student learning achievement, including coaching and mentoring, team building, and developing communities of practice. Learners also analyze case studies of current collaborative learning programs to complement the practical experience gained during the course. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8536 *
Advanced Application of Research for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction

Learners in this course examine current research as a basis for data-driven decision making and develop advanced research designs that contribute to data-driven decision making at the school or district level. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8538
Advanced Curriculum and Instruction: Program Evaluation

Learners in this course develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for effective program evaluation. The course focuses on trends, issues, and initiatives related to data-based decision making, which is one of the desired outcomes of program evaluation. Through the process of reflection and practical application, learners become familiar with the integral role program evaluation plays in the improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Learners who have taken ED5538 should not take ED8538. Rather, they should choose any other PhD level course in the School of Education to fulfill their specialization requirements. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8812 *
The Governance of Educational Institutions

Learners in this course examine the typical P–12 public school governance model, focusing on the environment as an organic learning space designed to induce and support continuous learning among stakeholders and within the organizational structure itself. Learners also explore the current practices, issues, and challenges associated with this model of governance. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Make the most of your credits

If you plan to take more than three courses, consider pursuing an education graduate or post-master’s certificate. Some can be obtained with just four or five courses. Or keep the momentum going by pursuing your education degree in a master's, or doctoral program.³
Your certificate can stand alone to demonstrate your specialized knowledge. You can also apply the credits you earn to a degree program in the same area.³

³A maximum of three courses taken as a Capella nondegree student can be applied to a subsequent Capella degree program.

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