Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Administration. This degree is designed to help students improve their competencies in the field by developing new skills and in-depth knowledge, which are requisites for assuming roles of increased responsibility and leadership.

Basic Procedures

Graduate advisors are designated to assist new students and those for whom graduate committees have not been appointed. The graduate committee chair, when appointed, assists the student in developing a degree plan and, along with the committee members, assumes the responsibility for preparing the student for the comprehensive examination.

To receive full admission to any degree program offered in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, an applicant must meet all standards established by the College of Graduate Studies and all departmental program requirements and be recommended by the graduate advisor, committee chair, or the program admissions committee.

Students who meet the general requirements for conditional admission and are recommended by the department for full admission will be permitted to pursue one of the major areas in the department. Typically, the student admitted conditionally will be required to complete 12 semester hours with a 3. 0 GPA.

To remain in good standing, students who have full admission status are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students whose GPA does not meet the minimum may not enroll for additional work without special permission from the department head.

Consideration for accepting transfer credits will be given only after a student has full admission to graduate study. Credits transferred from an approved institution must meet the guidelines outlined in Limitations on Transfer and Correspondence Courses in General Requirements for the Master's Degree.

Comprehensive Examination

The following comprehensive examination procedures apply to the majors offered in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Administration and Application Dates

Examinations will be administered three times per year. Examinees must have filed a degree plan, and completed an application to be eligible to take the comprehensive examination according to the schedule that follows.

Test Date Application Deadline

For the test date of second Saturday in April, the deadline for the application is March 1.

For the test date of second Saturday in July, the deadline for the application is June 5.

For the test date of second Saturday in November, the deadline for the application is October 1.

No examination will be administered other than on a regularly scheduled administration date without permission from the graduate advisor, the department head, and the Graduate Dean.

Comprehensive examinations will be composed of objective and essay sections. A student must receive a satisfactory grade on each section in order to successfully complete the comprehensive examination.

Procedures

SECTION ONE. This section consists of multiple-choice questions addressing the content of the degree major courses. This section is designed to test a student's knowledge and understanding of content and concepts in the field of study.

SECTION TWO. This section of the examination is designed to assess higher-order thinking skills. Each test is composed of one common essay question composed by the faculty. The question will be graded blindly by the student's committee members. The scores will be averaged for one final score.

GRADING PROCEDURES. Section One is computer graded and a student is expected to satisfactorily answer a specific number of questions.

The comprehensive examination essay question is evaluated based upon the following points system:

  • 4 – exceptional response well above expectations
  • 3 – average response consistent with expectations
  • 2 – weak response below expectations, but still passing
  • 1 – inadequate response, a failing performance
  • 0 – response did not address the required task, a failing performance.

A student must receive a minimum score of '3' on three of the comprehensive essay question in order to pass the essay portion of the master's comprehensive examination.

Oral examinations may be required of any candidate with a marginal performance on this section. If a test paper contains major grammar and/or composition errors, the student may be asked to repeat the examination.

Educational Administration Degree and Certification Requirements

The Educational Administration programs at Tarleton State University are designed to prepare effective education leaders. Requirements for the master's degree (30 semester hours), the Principal's Certificate (33 semester hours), the Post-Master's Principal certificate (24 semester hours), and the Superintendent's Certificate (15 semester hours) reflect the significant changes that occur in society, schools, and the roles and responsibilities of school administrators.

Tarleton's Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and the accompanying certification programs are designed to prepare administrators for a variety of roles and responsibilities. The Principal's Certificate qualifies one to hold campus-level administrative positions in the school, including the principalship. The Superintendent's Certificate qualifies one to become a superintendent. The programs are designed to support the continuing professional development of career-oriented individuals and help them to be knowledgeable decision-makers, capable of providing leadership to the district, campus, and community.

Typical Curriculum for M.Ed. in Educational Administration

Following is the typical curriculum for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Educational Administration. A student who wishes to complete this degree and qualify for the principal's certificate should ask his/her academic advisor for information about additional requirements for the principal's certificate.

Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration

Required Courses
Required courses: 1
EDAD 5300Foundations in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 5301Research in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 5307Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision3
EDAD 5309Legal Issues in School Leadership3
EDAD 5316Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5339Processes of Educational Leadership3
EDAD 5342Leaderships of Campus Resources3
EDAD 5345Leadership of Curriculum Systems3
EDAD 5355Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities3
EDAD 5360Educational Leadership Applications3
Total Hours30
1

 Note: EDAD 5399 Internship for the Principalship will be required for certification eligibility but it is not part of the M.Ed. program.

Thesis Option

Students pursuing the M.Ed. in educational administration may choose the thesis option. The thesis option involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to the prescribed course work. The 30-hour degree program includes 15 hours from the educational administration core, 6 hours of EDAD 5688, and 15 hours by advisement. The student must enroll in EDAD 5688 for two consecutive semesters and complete the thesis according to the standards and policies determined by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the College of Graduate Studies.

Admission to Educational Leadership Programs

Admission procedures for the Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership include the following steps:

  1. Admission to the College of Graduate Studies
    Students must complete all requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies listed in the current University catalog. Students must be eligible for full admission upon completion of the first 12 semester hours of course work,EDAD 5300 Foundations in Educational Leadership , to continue in the program.
  2. Admission to the Educational Leadership Program
    Students will submit a formal application to the Coordinator of M.Ed./Principal Certification Programs prior to completing EDAD 5300 Foundations in Educational Leadership . This application serves as a basis for advising the student with regard to graduate and certificate requirements, course work, and testing requirements.
  3. Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
    Students must complete an assessment of knowledge and skills that will lead to a professional growth plan. Typically, students will initiate this requirement as a part of EDAD 5300 Foundations in Educational Leadership early in their program.
  4. Recommendation for Certification
    Recommendation for certification by Tarleton State University will be forwarded to the State Board for Educator Certification only after the student has successfully completed the designated course of study, two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher (see TAC § 241.25), and has earned a passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), and has submitted Request for Certification Recommendation form. Students will be allowed to register for the TExES during the last semester of the course of study and just prior to completing the professional development requirements (see #5 below). Students who fail to register and take the TExES within 24 months after the date of completing the requirements listed in this paragraph must request permission from the department head prior to registering for the TExES. The department head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in the learner-centered proficiencies. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.
    Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the TExES must receive permission from the department head prior to registering for a subsequent attempt on the TExES. The department head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in the learner-centered proficiencies. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.
    Students should regularly visit with advisors and the Certification Office for updates and changes in the certification process.

Post-Master's Principal's Certificate

A master's degree is a prerequisite for this certificate. Students seeking post's master principal certification must take 15 semester hours of prescribed coursework and 6 semester hours from other designated EDAD coursework. An internship is required for the certificate.

Post-Master's Principal's Certificate

Required Courses
Required EDAD Courses
EDAD 5300Foundations in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 5309Legal Issues in School Leadership3
EDAD 5316Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5339Processes of Educational Leadership3
EDAD 5360Educational Leadership Applications3
Additional Educational Administration Courses
Student with permission of advisor selects two of the following courses:6
Research in Educational Leadership
Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision
Leaderships of Campus Resources
Leadership of Curriculum Systems
Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities
Additional Requirement for the Principal's Certificate
EDAD 5399Internship for the Principalship3
Total Hours24

Admission to the Principal's Internship

Because the internship course work cannot be applied to the Master of Education degree, students pursuing the Principal's Certificate normally complete their master's degree requirements before doing their internships.

  1. The student must enroll each semester until the internship is satisfactorily completed.
  2. Application for admission to the principal internship must be submitted to the Coordinator of M.Ed./Principal Certification Programs no later than June 15 preceding the fall of enrollment for the internship and October 15 preceding the spring internship. (See Forms for Application)
  3. Students must complete the educational administration core or be enrolled in the last of five core courses prior to enrolling in the internship.

The internship course typically is a one-semester course; however, this course may be repeated so that the student can satisfactorily complete internship requirements. No more than 3 semester hours of internship course work can be used to satisfy certification plan requirements.

New Century Educational Leadership Program

Admission to the Superintendent's Certificate Program

For admission to the Superintendent's Certificate Program, students must (a) have earned the principal certificate;

  1. have been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies according the requirements of the current University catalog
  2. submit copies of official teacher and administration certificates
  3. formally apply with the Coordinator of the Superintendent Certification Program for admission to the Superintendent's Certificate Program

Admission to the program does not guarantee recommendation for certification. To be recommended for certification, students must meet all program requirements and, satisfy the requirements for recommendation for certification.

Superintendent's Certificate Program

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Designed to prepare high quality scholar-practitioners for public school leadership in educational venues, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership offers a rich theoretical knowledge base as the foundation for the development of visionary leaders for the Pk-16 environment. The Ed.D. consists of 60 semester hours of coursework and a 12 semester hour dissertation requirement combining an individualized program of study with specialized course work and research.

The program operates as a cohort model. Students are admitted annually and then matriculate through the doctoral course work as a class. At the beginning of the program, the course work is similar for all students in the cohort, but as students progress through the program, their program of study becomes more individualized and focuses on a specific area of study.

Admission

The admission process is a three-stage process. Stage 1 is the screening process, which includes submission of all appropriate documents by the advertised deadline. The required documentation includes:

  • Official transcripts indicating completion of a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Indicating grade point average (GPA) on all graduate course work
  • Minimum of 18 semester credit hours of graduate or undergraduate course work in administration, management or leadership, or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of four (4) references—two references must be from persons holding a doctorate
  • Recent official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • A leadership portfolio

Stage 2 is the evaluation stage, which consists of a review of all information submitted in the screening process, review of a writing sample, and personal interviews. Stage 3 is the selection stage of the admission process. During stage 3, the admissions committee determines the applicants most appropriate for admission to the doctoral program. Admissions are considered twice yearly;

  1. an early admission period in November and
  2. the normal admission period in April.

An application packet may be obtained from the web site for the College of Graduate Studies, www.tarleton.edu/graduate. Please contact the College of Graduate Studies for application deadlines.

Curriculum
Course Work

The doctoral program curriculum consists of 72 semester hours in educational leadership, research tools, specialization area, dissertation, and electives. Thirty-six of the semester hours have a pre-requisite of doctoral standing, and must be taken with the cohort. Non-doctoral courses (i.e., specialization and electives) can be taken at the leisure of the student. However, students are advised to take the electives in the sequence listed in the typical curriculum. Students should work closely with their advisors so that an appropriate workload is established. Coursework applied to a previous degree will not be applied to the doctoral degree. Coursework taken more than 10 years previous to the date of graduation will not apply toward the degree.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Required Courses
Required courses: 1
EDAD 6310Historical and Educational Foundations of Educatonal Leadership3
EDAD 6111Critical issues in Educational Leadership1
EDAD 6314Philosophy and Ethics in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 6321Education Law and Policy3
EDAD 6322Data Analysis and School Improvement3
EDAD 6323Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership3
EDAD 6324Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 6330Educational Governance and Policies3
EDAD 6385Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership3
Research Tools: 2
EDAD 6312Methods of Educational Research3
EDAD 6313Statistical Methods in Educational Leadership3
EDAD 6325Methods of Inquiry3
EDAD 6331Methods of Inquiry II3
Total Hours37
1

Enrollment in all courses in the educational leadership core require doctoral standing. Students will be required to take these courses with the cohort group. The year and semester of the delivery of the courses are outlined in the Typical Curriculum section. The leadership core consists of 27 semester hours.

2

Enrollment in the nine semester hours of research tools under the EDAD prefix require doctoral standing. Students will be required to take those courses with the cohort. PSYC 5300 Behavioral Statistics, Behavioral Statistics, does not require doctoral standing. The research tools consist of 12 semester hours.

Specialization/Cognate Area

In the specialization area, the student will work with his/her doctoral advisor to establish a program supportive of his/her professional goals and doctoral objectives. A minimum of 12 hours may be selected from the educational administration electives or other appropriate graduate course work.

Qualifying Examination

At the completion of the leadership core, the students must take a comprehensive written and oral qualifying examination. Upon successful completion of the qualifying exam and recommendation of doctoral faculty advisors, students will be admitted to candidacy.

Dissertation

Once students have successfully passed the qualifying examination (see below), they are eligible to propose their dissertation study. Students make an oral defense of their proposal to their doctoral committee. Once the dissertation has been completed, students will defend their dissertation to the members of their graduate committee, the Graduate Dean or the Dean's representative who is a member of the Graduate Council, and invited guests. Students must continuously enroll in a dissertation course each semester until the dissertation is completed. The student must enroll in a minimum of 12 semester hours of EDAD 7688 Dissertation.

Residency

Degree candidates will be required to complete a campus residency of at least two long semesters, and one summer session, consecutively. A minimum of six (6) hours must be taken during each of the semesters and summer session. During the residency, the student will complete a residency plan requiring the student to participate in activities related to cultural diversity, research, service, and professional development.

Internship

The completion of an internship is required prior to the awarding of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Internships will be made available for students seeking principal and superintendent certification. Students who have not participated in an internship program leading to principal or superintendent certification will be required to enroll in EDAD 6386, Internship in Educational Leadership. Internship course work may not be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Typical Curriculum

The typical curriculum for students in the Ed.D. program can be found at www.tarleton.edu/COEWEB/edlps/degrees/doctoral.html. The courses must be taken with the cohort group in the time frame that is given. Students should work closely with their advisors when deciding to complete electives and specialization courses.

Transfer Course Work

With the approval and written request from the doctoral advisor, and at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, students may transfer up to 12 semester credit hours toward the doctoral degree from another regionally-accredited university. Transfer course work may not be used to satisfy the educational leadership core requirements. Because of limitations on transfer for advanced standing, advisors should be consulted prior to making the request.

Courses

EDAD 5300. Foundations in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the foundations of educational leadership emphasizes an overview of the role of school administrators in today's public schools. Included are an assessment of the knowledge and skills as identified by the State Board for Educator Certification and the development of a professional growth plan. Students must also enroll in the EDAD 5300 laboratory section.

EDAD 5301. Research in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the fundamentals of research emphasizes research terminology, principal research designs, data collection methodology, psychometric qualities of measurement, research ethics, program evaluation, and distinguishing features of quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. The course focuses on the development and use of the research and evaluation skills necessary to become critical consumers and producers of research. Prerequisite: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5307. Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of programs and procedures in supervision emphasizes the application of appropriate supervisory practices in working with teachers. Educational leaders develop an understanding of clinical and developmental supervision, teacher evaluation, and the evolving concepts of supervisory practice. Prerequisite: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5309. Legal Issues in School Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of legal issues emphasizes the relevant legal principles that affect the operation, organization, and administration of public schools. This course focuses on ethical application of constitutional, statutory, administrative, and case law. Prerequisite: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of the department head.

EDAD 5310. Special Education Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Legal framework for special education in the United States; consideration of federal constitutional provisions, federal and state statutes, federal and state judicial decisions and rules and regulations for the various federal and state agencies which affect special education.

EDAD 5316. Instructional Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of instructional leadership emphasizes the appropriate use of instructional practices within the framework of theory and research to enhance organizational effectiveness and improve school culture. The content of instructional leadership development training is supported by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as an integral part of administrator preparation and certification. An additional state determined fee is required for students to obtain the Instructional Leadership Development certificate after completion of the course. Prerequisite: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5317. Public School Fin Fiscal Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The principles of school finance, budgeting, and accounting procedures. Prerequisite: Mid-Management Certification or approval of department head.

EDAD 5318. Adm Law and Personnel Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comprehensive study of public school law as it relates to contractual and at-will personnel. Emphasis is placed on advertising, interviewing, selecting, and evaluating personnel. Special attention is given to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines, Federal Right to Privacy Act, employee contracts, and records. Additional attention is given to employee induction and student records. Prerequisite: Mid-Management Certification or approval of department head.

EDAD 5319. The School Superintendency. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A detailed study of the multiple roles and responsibilities of the chief school administration, including the leadership role with the community, school board, professional staff, and students. Some observations and activities in the public schools and community will be required. Prerequisite: Mid-Management Certification or approval of department head.

EDAD 5335. Edu Plan and Facility Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of present and future building and equipment needs of public school systems, including operations, maintenance, and planning for new facilities. Field work will be included in this course relating to various phases of planning and designing educational facilities. Prerequisite: Mid-Management Certification or approval of department head.

EDAD 5336. Instructional Development and School Improvement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of research and state policy affecting instructional improvement on public school campuses. Special emphasis on results-based accountability systems, including curriculum planning and evaluation, professional development, student assessment, and analyzing student performance data at the campus level.

EDAD 5339. Processes of Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of processes of educational leadership emphasizes communication, culture and development and sustainability of learning communities and the function of learning communities in addressing issues of school improvement. Prerequisites: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5340. School-Community Relationships. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Systems of interpretation of schools to community publics. Promotion of effective school-community relations through media of communication.

EDAD 5342. Leaderships of Campus Resources. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of elementary and secondary school resources emphasizes allocation and reallocation of fiscal, physical, and human resources to address the problems of campus improvement. Prerequisites: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5345. Leadership of Curriculum Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the leadership of curriculum systems emphasizes selection, implementation, alignment, and evaluation of curriculum at the campus level. Principals must focus on curriculum development, best practices in curriculum, evaluation of curriculum processes, and support of teachers in the curriculum implementation processes. Prerequisites: Completion of EDAD 500 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5355. Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the leadership of diverse learning communities emphasizes procedures and techniques for identifying and ameliorating educational problems associated with demographic and cultural differences. The course focuses on ethical issues dealing with leadership, governance, and policy development in educational settings/ institutions and the delivery of programs to address the needs of special student populations served by the learning community. Prerequisite: Completion of EDAD 5300 or approval of department head.

EDAD 5360. Educational Leadership Applications. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The capstone study of leadership theory in elementary and secondary schools emphasizes the application of theory to administrative practice at the campus level. Critical issues and problems are examined and analyzed through the use of case studies, problem-based learning projects, and assessment-related activities. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 27 semester credits of EDAD coursework or approval of department head.

EDAD 5386. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor. Prerequisite: Full admission into the College of Graduate Studies and a graduate degree or certification program.

EDAD 5390. Selected Topics in Educational Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in Educational Administration and leadership. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

EDAD 5397. Internship for the Superintendent. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in the area of the public school superintendency. Intern will be required to demonstrate competencies in the performance of appropriate professional duties as culminating experiences in the Superintendency Program. Prerequisite: Completion of the professional courses in the Superintendency Preparation program or approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

EDAD 5399. Internship for the Principalship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in the area of the public school principal, including elementary and secondary principalships and the central office administrator. Intern will be required to demonstrate competence in the performance of appropriate professional duties as the culminating experience in the principal certification program. Students must complete the educational administration core prior to enrolling in the internship. The internship course is typically a one-semester course; however, this course may be repeated so that the student can satisfactorily complete internship requirements. No more than 3 semester hours of internship course work can be used to satisfy certification plan requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of the educational administration core or approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

EDAD 5688. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisites: completion of all other coursework required for the degree and consent of the major professor or approval of the department head.

EDAD 6111. Critical issues in Educational Leadership. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is to provide an opportunity to study a current and identified administrative problem in a specific school district or combination of districts. Topics include, but are not limited to, future studies, brain-based learning, and strategic visioning and planning. With departmental approval this course may be repeated when the problems or topics differ. Must be taken three times concurrently with residency. Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6301. Publ Sch Fin Fisc Mgmt. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The principles of school finance, budgeting, and accounting procedures. A field experience will be required as part of the course. Prerequisite: Principal or Midmanagement certification or approval of department head. Field Experience fee $50.00.

EDAD 6302. Administrative Law and Peronnel Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comprehensive study of public school law as it relates to contractual and at-will personnel. Emphasis is placed on advertising, interviewing, selecting, and evaluating personnel. Special attention is given to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines, Federal Right to Privacy Act, employee contracts, and records. Additional attention is given to employee induction and student record. A field experience will be required as part of the course. Prerequisite: Principal or Mid-management certification or approval of department head. Field Experience fee $50.00.

EDAD 6303. The School Superintendency. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A detailed study of the multiple roles and responsibilities of the chief school administration, including the leadership role with the community, school board, professional staff, and students. Some observations and activities in the public schools and community will be required. A field experience will be required as part of the course. Prerequisite: Principal or Mid-management certification or approval of department head. Field Experience fee $50.00.

EDAD 6304. Educational Planning and Facility Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of major administrative systems in public schools including transportation, distribution and food service systems, energy management, health services, security, and safety-related issues. Topics also include the study of present and future building and equipment needs of public school systems, including operations, maintenance, and planning for new facilities. A field experience will be required as part of the course. Prerequisite: Principal or Mid-management certification or approval of department head. Field Experience fee $50.00.

EDAD 6305. Instructional Development and School Improvement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of research and state policy affecting instructional improvement in public school systems. Special emphasis on result-based accountability systems, including curriculum planning and evaluation, professional development, and student assessment processes. A field experience will be required as part of the course. Prerequisite: Principal or Mid-management certification or approval of department head. Field Experience fee $50.00.

EDAD 6310. Historical and Educational Foundations of Educatonal Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students an opportunity to study the philosophical, psychological, and sociological dimensions of educational administration in a historical, as well as, contemporary context. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6312. Methods of Educational Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is to provide an opportunity to study a current and identified administrative problem in a specific school district or combination of districts. Topics include, but are not limited to, future studies, brain-based learning, and strategic visioning and planning. With departmental approval this course may be repeated when the problems or topics differ. Must be taken three times concurrently with residency. Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6313. Statistical Methods in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to descriptive statistics with an emphasis on inferential statistics. Includes correlation, one way and two way analysis of variance, and experimental design. Requires the use of a hand held calculator, computer, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and other statistical software.

EDAD 6314. Philosophy and Ethics in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students an opportunity to apply the concepts of ethics and philosophy to the personal and professional aspects of school organization, operation, and leadership. Students will apply these concepts in fashioning reasoned decisions, thoughtful analyses, and in problem solving events. Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6321. Education Law and Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A thorough investigation of policy making processes and the interrelationship between legal and policy making processes at the national, state, and local levels. An in-depth examination of legal principles and laws affecting the administration and management of educational organizations. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6322. Data Analysis and School Improvement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasis on the fundamentals of inferential data analysis with computer applications, which will enhance abilities in the classroom and in administrative responsibilities. This course will provide information, guidance, and models that will enable professional educators to develop effective evaluation and appraisal systems appropriate to their needs. Interpretation and application of assessment procedures and statistical concepts are emphasized in order for educators to facilitate decision-making and disseminate test results and educational evaluations to the community. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6323. Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The application of theories of organizational behavior to the problems of educational institutions. Through the examination and applications of theories, including but not limited to leadership, decision-making, communication, motivation, power and influence, group dynamics, and change, this course is designed to develop diagnostic and problem-solving skills necessary for successful leadership of educational organizations. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6324. Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of a critical issue in the field of education from an interdisciplinary perspective; skills developed in analyzing an issue, exploring its impact upon diverse educational settings, formulating positions and seeking alternative solutions. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6325. Methods of Inquiry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of scientific inquiry defined by the Tarleton State University doctoral conceptual framework for investigating organizational behavior. Integrated research methodology, univariate/bivariate statistical designs, and program evaluation procedures represent both positivistic and post positivistic scientific reasoning. Psychometric properties of measurement will be included. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6330. Educational Governance and Policies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of the impact of political processes on the development of educational policy, with an emphasis on federal and state policy development. A required oneweek trip at the student's expense to Washington, D.C. will be one of the requirements necessary to meet the course objectives. Students will be responsible for student travel expenses determined by the instructor.

EDAD 6331. Methods of Inquiry II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A continuation of inquiry as represented by the doctoral program conceptual framework with emphasis on individualized application. The course will emphasize integrated multivariate and advanced statistical design, and research paradigms. Participants will be expected to focus investigative methods to their major areas of interest in preparation for a doctoral dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: EDAD 6325 and Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6340. Foundations of Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Foundations of Higher Education emphasizes the origins and specialized purposes of colleges and universities. The organizational structure, governance and administrative functions of higher education are reviewed, compared, and critiqued. With its roots embedded in religion and, more recently in the European university model, American higher education institutions will be studied from an historical perspective. The course will also cover selected contemporary issues facing today's universities, both public and private, with a link to historical, sociological and theoretical underpinnings.

EDAD 6341. Administrative Leadership in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Administrative Leadership in Higher Education emphasizes a thorough investigation of higher education administration theory applied to the practice of performing academic duties combined with an in-depth examination of organizational influences that form the academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and local framework involved in the administration and management of educational organizations.

EDAD 6342. Fin and Resource Management in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Finance and Resource Management in Higher Education emphasizes higher education's resource acquisition, allocation and management practices. A comprehensive examination is made of the financing of higher education with significant attention given to resource acquisition, allocation, budgeting processes, and reporting standards. Business management functions in higher education such as audits, salary administration, risk management, campus security, informational resources, and human resources are discussed and analyzed.

EDAD 6343. Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education emphasizes the exploration of basic organization, structure, development and delivery of college curriculums. The process of teaching and learning through the development and evaluation of student learning and instructional outcomes is investigated. The relationship between the curriculum and basic model of teaching, research and service are introduced with a culminating review of the academic accreditation and institutional benchmarking process and procedures.

EDAD 6344. Student Service in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Student Services in Higher Education emphasizes the exploration of basic organization, structure, and delivery of campus support services for students in higher education. Student populations in colleges and universities will be explored. Student campus life will be studied including but not limited to such topics as housing, student rights, student governance, student health services, food services, campus safety and security, student organizations, and student programming.

EDAD 6345. Comparative Higher Education Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Comparative Higher Education Systems emphasizes post-secondary educational systems, structures, and organizational issues in tertiary educational systems outside the United States. The course will address topics such as internal and external governance of post-secondary institutions, access to higher education, student affairs, academic personnel, curriculum, instruction, and educational reform in higher education systems in selected countries. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or approval of department head.

EDAD 6347. Trends and Issues in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of Trends & Issues in Higher Education emphasizes the critical examination of emerging and timely topics and trends that are important to the operation and development of higher education. Using a variety of survey research methods and literature reviews, new and current environmental challenges encountered by institutions of higher education are investigated.

EDAD 6385. Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Design of research and inquiry in various areas of educational administration; application of models and research procedures from the social and managerial sciences to policy issues in educational organizations. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing.

EDAD 6390. Selected Topics in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in educational leadership. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Prerequisite Course(s): Admission to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

EDAD 6399. Extended Internship in Educ. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised activities in a governmental, organizational, or higher education setting. During the extended internship, the student will be required to demonstrate competencies appropriate to the professional setting of the internship. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing. Field experience fee $50.

EDAD 7688. Dissertation. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thorough and scholarly investigation of a topic acceptable to the dissertation committee. To be acceptable, the dissertation must give evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competence and a significant contribution to the field. Graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing and successful completion of the doctoral qualifying examination.

Dr. Pam Winn
New Century Educational Leadership Program
Fort Worth Hickman Building
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd, Suite 500
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
(817) 732-7334
winn@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/edlps