Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
This course focuses on analyzing and interpreting campus data for decision‐making necessary to promote the success of all children. Special emphasis will be on developing action plans to meet student performance goals. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies and regulations including local, state and federal accountability standards will be emphasized.
This course develops an understanding of how socio‐cultural forces and emerging issues impact the school leader’s role in creating culturally responsive learning environments. Attention will be given to leadership strategies and best practices essential for addressing diverse learners. Future leaders learn to promote the success of all students and shape campus culture by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the full community. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course emphasizes an examination of self and the study of major organizational leadership models and their applicability in various school settings. Students will engage in field-based activities as they pertain to decision-making and problem solving. Additionally, appropriate management techniques and group processes will be emphasized. A minimum of 20 hours of field-based activities are required.
This course focuses on ethical principles and integrity in decision‐making, actions and behaviors. It will serve as the foundation for individual student assessment and as a guide to professional development. Key laws that significantly impact the day-to-day operations of school and a review of significant court decisions pertaining to educational operations will be addressed, as will the rights and responsibilities of teachers and students.
In this course, students will learn to facilitate the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning. Emphasis is on the alignment of curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment, and the use of various forms of assessment to measure student performance. It will include the research of successful strategies for identified student groups. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course examines effective instructional approaches and programs used in schools. It explores critical issues specific to curriculum, innovative instructional methods and the role of educators as school leaders. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course provides a study of the delivery of differentiated instruction for diverse learners to include Bilingual Education/ESL, Gifted & Talented, Migrant, Special Education, 504, Career & Technology Education (CATE) and other special programs. Emphasis is placed on the principal’s role in elementary and secondary school programs. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course examines the relationships between the school and its internal and external constituencies. The course focuses on collaborative strategies to involve families and community members to shape the campus culture in responding to diverse community interests and needs, and to mobilize community resources for success of all student learners. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized. A minimum of 10 hours of field‐based experiences are required.
This course examines a study of the unique functions of the principalship as they relate to the administration of elementary, middle and high schools. Special emphasis will be focused on the leadership role of the principal in the management and instructional aspects of the school programs. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized. A minimum of 20 hours of field‐based experience is required.
This course provides a study of human resources and school budgeting functions. Emphasis is on understanding and applying local district and campus practices—e.g., recruitment, retention, evaluation. For budgeting, the emphasis is on aligning the budget to the campus plan and understanding how the various funding sources may be allocated. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be covered.
The course provides students the opportunity to practice competencies and state standards in preparation to assume responsibility as principals in school districts and to pass the state principal certification exam. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course is based on Texas Education Agency regulations. Students practice TExES competencies, state standards, and theories as they engage in principal responsibilities in school districts. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized. A minimum of 160 hours of field-based activities are required.