Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Educational Administration Courses

ADMN 5300 Fundamentals of School Administration: 3 semester hours.

A study of educational administration, basic concepts of administrative theory and practice, and the relationship of administrative practice to school organization and control.

ADMN 5301 Educational Administration: Theory, Practice and Research: 3 semester hours.

The analysis and study of theory, practice, and research as they relate and interrelate to effective educational management. This course includes an in-depth study of contemporary research and practice in educational administration.

ADMN 5302 Public School Law and Human Resource Management: 3 semester hours.

An examination and study of legal principles as they apply to public education.
Prerequisites: ADMN 5310 or ADMN 5103.

ADMN 5303 School Business Management: 3 semester hours.

Management techniques for the school administrator in the areas of preparing and managing the school budget, in-school accounts, and the financial auditing process.

ADMN 5304 The Role of the Principal: 3 semester hours.

Problems in elementary and secondary school administration with emphasis on the organization, administration, and supervision of curricular and extra- curricular programs, and the management of school personnel and students.
Prerequisites: ADMN 5300 or ADMN 5003.

ADMN 5305 Management of Special Programs: 3 semester hours.

Administrative and management techniques for implementing special school programs in the areas of special education, reading, career education, vocational-technical education and pupil services.

ADMN 5306 Problems in Education Administration: 3 semester hours.

Study and analysis of contemporary issues related to the administrative function in an educational setting.

ADMN 5307 School Curriculum and Instructional Leadership: 3 semester hours.

An examination of educational leadership as it relates to curriculum development and improvement. Consideration is given to the administrator's role in identifying and implementing innovations in curriculum construction at all levels; furnishing leadership in coordinating educational offerings in elementary and secondary schools; diagnosing and prescribing learning activities for all students' needs; planning and evaluating curriculum content and changes; and designating personalized programs in specific skill areas such as reading, math, etc.

ADMN 5308 Special Topics in Educational Administration: 3 semester hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to research selected topics in an identified area of educational administration.

ADMN 5309 Educational Statistics: 3 semester hours.

Basic educational statistics course for master's degree candidates in administration. Includes concepts and operations as applied to frequency distributions, graphing techniques, measurement of central tendency and variability, normal distribution curves, sampling theory and tests of significant differences between related and independent samples. Computer application packages and their utilization in classrooms and social agencies are also introduced.

ADMN 5310 Human Resource Management: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to expand students; knowledge of human resources management and related issues within the framework of educational leadership. In this course, students will engage in discussions based on relevant projects, field experiences, and a variety of activities designed to stimulate and improve understanding and application in the area of human resources management. Additionally, students will analyze and synthesize documents and data used in the management of human resources as it relates to school and/or organization issues.

ADMN 5311 Planning and Managing Educational Facilities: 3 semester hours.

Educational facilities planning with emphasis on design, financing, and management.

ADMN 5312 School Finance: 3 semester hours.

Fiscal planning for educational excellence. Includes systems of needs assessment, budget preparation, and management. Federal, state, and local resources for financing education.

ADMN 5313 School-Community Relations: 3 semester hours.

A study of the relationships between the school and other elements of the community. Insight into the development of a comprehensive school-community relations program.

ADMN 5316 Research and Evaluation in Schools: 3 semester hours.

General orientation research course for master's degree candidates in administration. The course considers the nature of research problems and techniques used by investigators in solving those problems. Study is made of types and methods of educational research, the collecting of data, analyzing and sharing of data with public. The student is expected to complete a research project or field study utilizing appropriate methods of educational research.
Prerequisites: (ADMN 5309 or ADMN 5093) or (CNSL 5093 or CNSL 5309).

ADMN 5317 Computer Applications for Administrators: 3 semester hours.

Application of computers and selected software to information management, scheduling, and other functions of administrators.

ADMN 5320 Leadership in a Multicultural Society: 3 semester hours.

Leadership in a Multicultural Society addresses theories, research and practices for achieving and sustaining excellence in schools through leadership actions built around the participation of diverse communities and cultures. Emphasis is on how leadership intersects with socio-historical and socio-cultural theories that suggest the organization of schools and instruction is critical to student inclusion and outcomes. The course is based on the basic premise that a socially-just learning theory begins with using all of the resources and knowledge of families, communities, and cultures in formulating policy and practice.

ADMN 5350 Mid-Management Internship: 3 semester hours.

Field-based and seminar experiences designed to provide on-site school-related activities, and the analysis of actual administrative situations and problems. Prerequisites: 18 semester hours of ADMN course work.
Prerequisites: (ADMN 5316 or ADMN 5163) or (CNSL 5316 or CNSL 5163) and (ADMN 5309 or ADMN 5093) or (CNSL 5309 or CNSL 5093) and (CNSL 5153 or CNSL 5315) and (ADMN 5300 or ADMN 5003) and (ADMN 5023 or ADMN 5302) and (ADMN 5033 or ADMN 5303) and (ADMN 5304 or ADMN 5043) and (ADMN 5307 or ADMN 5073) and (ADMN 5308 or ADMN 5083) and (ADMN 5301 or ADMN 5013) and (SUPV 5311 or SUPV 5113) and (ADMN 5353 or ADMN 5533) and (ADMN 5305 or ADMN 5053) and (ADMN 5103 or ADMN 5310) and (ADMN 5317 or ADMN 5173).

ADMN 5353 Data Driven Decision Making for Leaders: 3 semester hours.

This course also examines the role of data in making effective instructional, financial, and administrative decisions in educational organizations. This is a significant issue in Educational Administration; specifically, in today's standards-based testing environment in K-16 education. This course will cover concepts, theories, models and foundations of data driven decisions making, along with understanding basic applications, and basic statistical concepts for educational organizations.

ADMN 5399 Independent Study: 1-3 semester hour.

Readings, research, and/or field work on selected topics. Prerequisite: consent of advisor.

Counseling Courses

CNSL 5300 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to guidance and counseling programs in schools and community agencies. Emphasis on the history, philosophy, and development of programs; programmatic activities and delivery; organizational and administrative patterns; and the interrelationships of educational and human services agencies.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5321 or CNSL 5213 and (CNSL 5314 or CNSL 5143) and (CNSL 5302 or CNSL 5023).

CNSL 5301 Counseling Techniques: 3 semester hours.

Study and practice of basic interview communication skills and counseling techniques. Emphasis on self-development, attending, feedback and influencing skills and core elements of counseling.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5302 or CNSL 5023.

CNSL 5302 Theory and Practice of Counseling: 3 semester hours.

A study of major counseling theories and issues related to therapeutic practice with emphasis on practical application.

CNSL 5303 Counseling Process: 3 semester hours.

Pre-practicum experience with emphasis on the counselor-client relationship and on using appropriate therapeutic strategies and techniques in working with children, adolescents, and adults. Special consideration given to the counseling needs of minorities.

CNSL 5304 School Consultation: 3 semester hours.

Theoretical rationale for consultation; content and process of consultation services. Basic principles of and skill development in several approaches to consultation.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5321 or CNSL 5213 and (CNSL 5314 or CNSL 5143) and (CNSL 5302 or CNSL 5023) and (CNSL 5315 or CNSL 5153).

CNSL 5305 Orientation to Counseling and Development: 3 semester hours.

A study of the sociological and cultural factors impacting individuals within a multi-cultural setting. Emphasis on understanding, serving, and managing in multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural settings.
Prerequisites: (CNSL 5321 or CNSL 5213) and (CNSL 5314 or CNSL 5143) and (CNSL 5302 or CNSL 5023) and (CNSL 5315 or CNSL 5153).

CNSL 5306 School Counseling Practicum: 3 semester hours.

Laboratory and supervised practical experiences in individual/group counseling and related functions in a public school, a university, or a community agency setting. A minimum of 150 clock hours required.
Prerequisites: (CNSL 5301 or CNSL 5013) and (CNSL 5312 or CNSL 5123).

CNSL 5307 Clinical School Internship II: 3 semester hours.

A continuation of supervised practical experiences in individual/group counseling and related functions in a public school, a university, or a community agency setting. A minimum of 150 clock hours required.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5306 or CNSL 5063.

CNSL 5308 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: 3 semester hours.

An examination of dysfunction in human behavior, with emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5213 or CNSL 5321 and (CNSL 5314 or CNSL 5143) and (CNSL 5023 or CNSL 5302) and (CNSL 5153 or CNSL 5315).

CNSL 5309 Educational Statistics: 3 semester hours.

Basic educational statistics course for master's degree candidates in counseling. Includes concepts and operations as applied to frequency distributions, graphing techniques, measurement of central tendency and variability, normal distribution curves, sampling theory and tests of significant differences between related and independent samples. Computer application packages and their utilization in classrooms and social agencies are also introduced.

CNSL 5311 Career Development Counseling: 3 semester hours.

A study of major vocational development and career choice theories. Sources and use of educational and career information; community resources; and use of interest and aptitude instruments in career/vocational decision-making. Individual and group career counseling practice emphasized.

CNSL 5312 Assessment Evaluation and Interpretation of Student Data: 3 semester hours.

An examination of several instruments used to measure achievement, aptitude, interest and personality, and to collect non-test data. Emphasis on selection and use of these instruments for individual and group assessment, and on techniques of interpretation. Ethical and legal issues of testing addressed.
Prerequisites: (CNSL 5314 or CNSL 5143) and (CNSL 5302 or CNSL 5023) and (CNSL 5315 or CNSL 5153).

CNSL 5313 Group Dynamics: 3 semester hours.

Theory and practice in group work. Examination of types of groups; group processes and theories; techniques and methods of practice in group counseling. Ethical and professional issues addressed. Group participation and facilitation required.

CNSL 5314 Human Growth and Development: 3 semester hours.

A study of the growth and development of the individual. Emphasis on stages of human intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development throughout the lifespan.

CNSL 5315 School Counseling in a Multicultural Society: 3 semester hours.

A study of the sociological and cultural factors impacting individuals within a multi-cultural setting. Emphasis on understanding, serving, and managing in multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural settings.

CNSL 5316 Research and Measurement in Counseling: 3 semester hours.

General orientation research course for master's degree candidates in counseling. The course considers the nature of research problems and techniques used by investigators in solving those problems. Study is made of types and methods of educational research, the collecting of data, analyzing and sharing of data with public. The student is expected to complete a research project or field study utilizing appropriate methods of educational research.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5309 or CNSL 5093.

CNSL 5318 Special Topics in Counseling: 3 semester hours.

This course is a study of the ethical standards that govern the professional practice of counselors. This course examines ethical considerations in the area of professional identity from the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the examination of the development of professional counselors as evidenced by the 2005 American Counseling Association.

CNSL 5319 Play Therapy: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to expose the therapeutic meaning and function of play and develop an understanding of the major theories of play therapy. Participants will be exposed to the history and development of play therapy while understanding the rationale for selecting certain toys and materials for the play room. Attention will be given to the child's world by using the child centered play therapy approach as participants examine the process, the problems, and current issues in working with special populations.

CNSL 5320 Drugs and the Indiv: 3 semester hours.

The purpose of the course is to provide the knowledge and understanding so that students have the basic competence to work with substance abusing or substance dependent clients. This course will examine the treatment issues and theoretical models involved in the treatment of drug dependencies and the effects of them on the individual, families, employment, and society. Topics include: counselor characteristics, legal and ethical issues facing substance abuse counselors, issues of diversity and treatment, group counseling, family counseling, codependency and enabling, and modalities of treatment.

CNSL 5321 Professional Ethics for School Counselors: 3 semester hours.

This course is a study of the ethical standards that govern the professional practice of counselors. This course examines ethical considerations in the area of professional identity from the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the examination of the development of professional counselors as evidenced by the 2005 American Counseling Assoc.

CNSL 5350 School Counseling Internship II: 3 semester hours.

Laboratory and supervised practical experiences in individual/group counseling and related functions in a public school, a university, or a community agency setting. A minimum of 300 clock hours required.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5301 or CNSL 5013 and (CNSL 5312 or CNSL 5123).

CNSL 5351 School Counseling Internship II: 3 semester hours.

A continuation of supervised practical experiences in individual/group counseling and related functions in a public school, a university, or a community agency setting. A minimum of 150 clock hours required.
Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 or CNSL 5503.

CNSL 5399 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Readings, research, and/or field work on selected topics.

Educational Leadership Courses

EDUL 7300 Fundamental Components of Strategic Thinking: 3 semester hours.

Designed to help students understanding the process of strategic thinking, visioning and the establishment and achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

EDUL 7301 Strategic Planning in Educational Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Focuses on the process of strategic planning in educational leadership and how external environments and internal dynamics affect planning procedures.

EDUL 7304 Organizational Development and Change in Education: 3 semester hours.

Explores global educational change from the perspectives of classical/rational organizational theory, open systems theory, contingency theory, and social systems theories. Educational leaders will understand the dynamics of educational change and the process to manage change.

EDUL 7305 Diversity in Educational Institutions: 3 semester hours.

Examines critical issues related to providing leadership for diverse student populations. Educational and Social Service leaders will understand what it means to be a culturally responsive and learn strategies to rectify current race, class, and gender inequities that exist throughout educational systems.

EDUL 7307 Special Topics: 3 semester hours.

An examination of special topics related to educational leadership. This course may be repeated when topics vary.
Prerequisites: EDUL 7360 or EDUL 7603.

EDUL 7308 Internship I Observation and Field Experience: 3 semester hours.

Field based experience designed to provide educational leaders with the opportunity to observe in varied social agencies.

EDUL 7309 Internship II Administrative Applications: 3 semester hours.

Field based experience designed to provide educational leaders with the opportunity to participate in actual administrative situations and problems in varied educational settings.

EDUL 7310 Educational Research and Evaluation: 3 semester hours.

Generation, analysis, and use of data and information relevant to decision making at the case, program, and policy levels. Students will learn and expand skill in the collection, analysis and use of data related to fundamental aspects of social service work practice, problem assessment and definition, intervention formulation, refinement and evaluation.

EDUL 7314 Educational Technology and Organizations: 3 semester hours.

Examines the role of technology in organizations, learning in the workplace and knowledge management in schools and universities.

EDUL 7317 Data-Driven Decision Making: 3 semester hours.

Provides educational leaders with research and evaluation tools useful for the systematic collection and analysis of data in order to guide decisions to improve the performance of all students. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum and instruction data that can be analyzed to improve teaching and learning.

EDUL 7321 School Law and Policy: 3 semester hours.

An examination of legal principles and laws affecting the management and administration of educational institutions. Emphasis will be placed on federal and state laws, local system; current legal issues; and the interconnectedness of policy-making, laws, and policies.

EDUL 7322 Governance in P-20 Institutions: 3 semester hours.

Examines school governance and the current practices related to governance in education. Class participants will have the opportunity to create and or refine their understanding of governance with the exploration of current issues in the governance process.

EDUL 7324 School - Community Relations: 3 semester hours.

Explores the relationship between schools and the communities in which they are imbedded. Specific focus will be placed on, but not limited to, school board relations; site based decision-making, parental involvement, community politics, bond elections, and informing the public.

EDUL 7325 Ethical Decision Making in Educational Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Provides students with the opportunity to apply the concepts of ethical decision making to the personal and professional aspects of educational leadership. The concepts of reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking will be examined.

EDUL 7326 Critical Issues in Educational Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Examines the current and critical issues in educational leadership. Class participants will have the opportunity to develop strategies to address critical issues found in the educational arena.

EDUL 7328 School Curriculum Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Examines the role of educational leasership in designing and improving curriculum and instruction. The focus of this course is on identifying the leader's role in diagnosing and implementing relevant and effective curriculum at the classroom, school and district level.

EDUL 7330 Public School Finance and Resource Allocation: 3 semester hours.

Explores all facets of the budgeting and resource allocation process. The administrative functions of planning, organizing, staffing, and evaluating will be stressed as it related to local, state, and federal fiscal requirements.

EDUL 7333 Grant Writing: 3 semester hours.

Examines the art of grantsmanship and the procedure to locate and submit grants to public and private funding sources.

EDUL 7336 Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Research: 3 semester hours.

Overview of doctoral level advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods in education.
Prerequisites: EDUL 7360 or EDUL 7603 and (EDUL 7361 or EDUL 7613).

EDUL 7352 Teacher Supervision, Evaluation and Professional Development: 3 semester hours.

Explores the knowledge base, standards, and theory base of staff development; activities that allow students to design a comprehensive staff development program in K-12 schools.

EDUL 7360 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Examines advanced competencies to conceptualize, design, execute, analyze, report, and publish quantitative research that delivers new and useful knowledge. Course content will balance research theory and computer-based tools with applications to real world problems.

EDUL 7361 Qualitative Research Design and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

An introductory course intended to provide a broad understanding of the foundations, purposes, and principles of qualitative research in education, as well as an introduction to a variety of qualitative research designs, data collection methods, and analysis strategies.

EDUL 7363 Educational Statistics: 3 semester hours.

An explanation of quantitative designs including descriptive and inferential statistical procedures: to include multivariate and non-parametric techniques.

EDUL 7370 Higher Education Administration: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of current practices and issues in the governance of higher education that affect students, faculty, and administration: study of the scope and role of college and universities.

EDUL 7371 Higher Education Finance and Management: 3 semester hours.

Examines how higher education institutions are financed. Emphasis will be placed on financing mechanisms from local, state and federal sources and how funding impacts higher education institutions.

EDUL 7374 Higher Education Policy and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Examines how current higher education policies are made. Emphasis is placed on analysis of these policies and their impact on higher education access, particularly for diverse populations.

EDUL 7375 Assessing Higher Education Environments: 3 semester hours.

Focus on dimensions of human environments as tools for understanding the effects of educational environments on students. Special consideration will be given to various policies and applications of educational practices.

EDUL 7376 Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Accreditation: 3 semester hours.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint academic leaders with a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills for the effective assessment of college students' learning. The course will focus on different assessment strategies as they are applied in different contexts.

EDUL 7399 Independent Study: 1-3 semester hour.

Readings, research and/or field work on selected topics.

EDUL 7503 Human Resources Administration in Education: 3 semester hours.

Survey and examination of roles, responsibilities, and functions of personnel officers in education, studies in general personnel policies; review of administration of insurance, salary, retirement, sick leave, and other programs under personnel administration.

EDUL 7723 The Role of Student Affairs in Higher Education: 3 semester hours.

Provides the graduate student with a comprehensive introduction to the field of college student personnel and it's role in American higher education. A related goal is to develop a broad foundation of knowledge to which subsequent study, practitioner skills and research strategies may be added.

EDUL 7773 College Teaching Theories, Models and Strategies: 3 semester hours.

The purpose of this course is to explore theories and practices of teaching in a college setting. Emphasis will be placed on adult learning theories and on the ever-changing modes of teaching and learning.

EDUL 8300 Dissertation: 1-3 semester hour.

Studies, program procedures, and dissertation issues. May be repeated.

EDUL 8301 Dissertation Seminar: 3 semester hours.

This course will help students design and complete the dissertation including data collection, analysis, written report, and oral defense.

EDUL 8600 EDUL Dissertation: 6 semester hours.

Studies, program procedures, and dissertation issues. May be repeated.

Supervision Courses

SUPV 5311 Principles of Supervision: 3 semester hours.

Principles, practices and problems of the supervisory program; includes analysis of current research in the field.
Prerequisites: ADMN 5307 or ADMN 5073.