Master of Educational Leadership Curriculum

Stevie Schmitz, Director
Jo Swain, Assistant Professor

The master of educational leadership program at Rocky Mountain College is designed to prepare educational leaders for careers as a principal or superintendent. This cohort based program incorporates state and national standards for educational leadership and is based on Effective School Research. Blending theory and practice through coursework and intensive internship, candidates will be prepared to be instructional leaders at the K-12 level. The program is 34 credits in length depending on previous coursework and has a minimal residency requirement. Graduates of this program will meet the educational requirements for licensure as a principal. Candidates should check with the Office of Public Instruction for other licensure requirements.

Required courses: EDL 500, EDL 505, EDL 510, EDL 520, EDL 530, EDL 554, EDL 560, EDL 570, EDL 575, EDL 590, EDL 591, EDL 683, EDL 690, and EDL 691.

Master of Educational Leadership Courses:


EDL 500 - Foundations of Leadership

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 2

The focus of this course is on public school education - past, present, and future. Course content will include exploration of the roles of federal, state, and local governance systems as they pertain to leadership roles in public education. No Child Left Behind legislation will be discussed and analyzed from the perspective of the building or district leader. In addition, participants will be introduced to the process of creating a school ethnography and exploring the school culture, climate, and dynamics from the perspective of a school as a social organization. This experiential course invites class participation, team building, group activities, role-playing, guest lecturers, and group dynamics.

EDL 505 - Dimensions of Leadership I

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 3

The focus of this course is on the roles and responsibilities of K-12 school administrators including leadership styles and behaviors. Additionally, the influence leadership has on the overall operation of a school building will be explored. Participants will discuss such topics as defining school climate and culture, sustaining partnerships and building collegial teams, and sharing leadership.

EDL 510 - Dimensions of Leadership II

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

The focus of this course is to build on the knowledge and understanding of how leadership influences instruction and teacher practice. Participants will explore the leadership skills required to nurture instructional improvement in schools.

EDL 520 - Supervision of Educational Personnel

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

The focus of this course is on improving, coordinating, and evaluating modern trends of supervisory practice. Students will evaluate and develop instruments for use in the formative and summative evaluation of teaching, as well as for support roles within the school environment. Participants will explore best practice instructional models from which to base the evaluation instrument or process. Participants will become familiar with the evaluation process as it pertains to marginal staff. Students will be required to recommend specific staff development options aligned to improvement of instruction.

EDL 530 - Public School Law

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 3

This course will study the legal framework of public education (Constitutional law, case law, and Montana law) with emphases on Montana and national legislation and case law pertaining to public education and the rights of board members, administrators, students, and parents.

EDL 554 - Public School Finance

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

This course will focus on the development of educational budgets within the confines of available revenue. Taxation, policy analysis, applicable case law, and reporting will be covered.

EDL 560 - Organizational Change

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 3

The focus of this course is on topics such as the theory of management, communication, human relations, social systems, motivation, decision-making, and change. A particular focus in this course is on the role of the building administrator in improving student achievement in a school reform effort. Practical application of analyzing school data followed by program intervention will be explored. Participants will explore how today's leaders must create and nurture a culture of collaboration, collegiality, and continuous improvement.

EDL 570 - School Curriculum

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 3

The focus of this course is on the role of leadership in curriculum planning and development with topics including educational and cultural foundations, curricular outcomes, K-12 alignment, standards and community values, developing, managing and evaluating curriculum, multicultural education, equal access, differentiated instruction, academic freedom, technology, scheduling, censorship, and curriculum associated with various student populations.

EDL 575 - Public School and Community Relationships

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 3

This course will focus on the interdependence of school and community; identifying and defining societal expectations of schools and the effects of those expectations on educational policy; impact of social, political, economic, and demographic changes on public school policy.

EDL 590 - Leadership Seminar I

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 1

The focus of this course will be reflection and inquiry regarding the administrative practicum. Problem-solving and best practices will be a component of this course. Discussions will revolve around the ISLLC, ELCC, and PEPP standards. Initial development of the administrative portfolio will be completed during this course.
Co-requisite: EDL 591: Administrative Practicum I

EDL 591 - Administrative Practicum I

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 2

A directed internship experience designed to relate theories and concepts explored in coursework to educational settings is the primary focus of the field experience. Practical application of theories will be implemented in fieldwork.
Co-requisite: EDL 590: Leadership Seminar I

EDL 592 - Leadership Seminar III

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 1

The focus of this course will be reflection and inquiry regarding the administrative practicum. Problem-solving and best practices will be a component of this course. Discussions will revolve around the ISLLC, ELCC, and PEPP standards. Initial development of the administrative portfolio will be completed during this course.

EDL 593 - Administrative Practicum III

Fall Semester
Semester hours: 2

A directed internship experience designed to relate theories and concepts explored in coursework to educational settings is the primary focus of the field experience. Practical application of theories will be implemented in fieldwork. Practical application of theories will be implemented in fieldwork.

EDL 683 - Educational Leadership

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 2

This course will be the culminating experience for students in the educational leadership program. A comprehensive review of material covered as well as an exit interview will be components of this experience. Theories and principals of advanced leadership practiced in educational settings will be explored within the context of the overall program.

EDL 690 - Leadership Seminar II

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 1

This course is a continuation of EDL 590 and will focus on problem-solving and best practices in the administrative practicum. Practical application of theories will be implemented in fieldwork. Discussions will revolve around the ISLLC, ELCC, and PEPP standards. Initial development of the administrative portfolio will be completed during this course. Continued review and development of the school ethnography will be a prat of the seminar.
Co-requisite: EDL 691: Administrative Practicum II

EDL 691 - Administrative Practicum II

Spring Semester
Semester hours: 2

A directed internship experience designed to relate theories and concepts explored in coursework to educational settings are the primary focus of the field experience. Practical application of theories will be implemented in fieldwork.
Co-requisite: EDL 690: Leadership Seminar II

 
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