Graduate School of Education

Course Descriptions

Initial and Continuing Administrator License (IAL/CAL) Programs

EDAD 510 The Professional Administrator: Ethics and Equity in School Leadership Practice (2)

Examines the responsibilities of a professional administrator. Participation in simulation activities, leadership-style inventories and interactive projects designed to assist in the understanding of individual leadership styles, leadership profiles and the interaction with school and societal cultures. Articulate a vision on current school issues, and individual and organizational response. Examples include special education, closing the achievement gap, NCLB, school policies and finance, based on recently-published works by leading scholars and researchers in school administration.

  • Instructor(s): Mimi Pileggi

EDAD 512 Management, Evaluation and Improvement of Instruction (2)

Application of research on teaching and learning to classroom instruction and instructional leadership. Focus is on differentiating instruction to student characteristics and staff development programs, effectively evaluating performance including modifications and adaptations for teachers/children of diverse cultures and needs.

    EDAD 513 Supervision, Evaluation and Professional Development of Personnel (2)

    Introduction to the specifics of clinical supervision for the success of student and teacher performance, as well as alternatives to traditional teacher evaluation models. Students explore issues of school leadership, staff development and professional renewal.

    • Instructor(s): Mimi Pileggi

    EDAD 514 Federal & Oregon School Law (2)

    The examination of educational governance based on case law, lectures and discussions concerning legal rights and responsibilities of public school districts. Topics include: sources of law and the courts; schools and state legislation; and law as it relates to students, families, school personnel, school management, diversity and educator and district liability.

    • Instructor(s): Dave Novotney

    EDAD 515 Planning, Preparation and Implementation of Instructional Budgets (2)

    Exploration of effective and equitable use of fiscal, human and material resources allocation to promote teaching and learning. Examines state and federal laws, regulations, and roles of ODE and the legislature in governing Oregon school finance and school budgeting. Develops an understanding of budgeting and tracking fiduciary responsibilities in schools.

    • Instructor(s): Susan Inman

    EDAD 516 Seminar in School Administration (2)

    The course will deal with issues raised from the experiences of the group and will focus on critical decisions an administrator must make every day and possible outcomes. Examples of topics: school safety alerts, second language learners, technology funding, and parent/community/media relations.

    • Instructor(s): Susan Inman

    EDAD 517 Supervised Practicum I (2)

    An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools through an administrative lens. The study includes culture, politics and services. An examination of the administrative role through formal observation, data collection and analysis. The field-based experience, under the guidance of practicing school and university supervisors, is designed to involve the candidate in a broad scope of public education.

      EDAD 518 Supervised Practicum II (2)

      An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools through an administrative lens, including culture, politics and services. An examination of the administrative role through formal observation, data collection and analysis. The field-based experience, under the guidance of practicing school and university supervisors, is designed to involve the candidate in the broad scope of public education.

        EDAD 531 Research, Evaluation and Goal Setting (2)

        Understanding of qualitative and quantitative interpretation of educational research, with emphasis on conducting action research in the classroom. Assessment skills, evaluation techniques and discussion of current trends in research will be highlighted. Avenues for goal setting such as portfolio development, task building and rubric design will be included.

        • Instructor(s): Kathleen Vanderwall

        EDAD 532 Public School Fiscal Management (2)

        Focus on two broad areas of school finance: state school finance and district financial management. Development of an understanding of the Oregon state school finance issues and the state process for budget development. Discussion of district-level budget processes, including revenue forecasting, financial accountability, technical and political skills necessary for budget development, alternative budgeting techniques and local budget law.

        • Instructor(s): Susan Inman

        EDAD 533 Leading a Learning Community: Assessment, Curriculum Development and Implementation (2)

        Examination and application of facilitative leadership skills to foster team building and school improvement in the context of Oregon's state reform framework. This course focuses on the application of research for the teaching, learning and assessment processes. Emphasis given to understanding educational change theories and how assessment information improves student learning and overall school performance.

        • Instructor(s): Susan Inman

        EDAD 534 School Board/District and Community Relations (2)

        Focus on understanding the internal functioning of school boards and working productively with district employees and the community. Topics include organizational conflict resolution, team building, change process and media communication skills. The framework includes labor negotiations, special interest groups, cultural competency and how to guide oppositional groups to common ground.

          EDAD 535 Leadership Under Fire: Effective Communication (2)

          Examines intra/inter-personal communication processes with staff, parents, students and community in today's educational environment. Exploring the causes of conflict, candidates will consider resolution strategies for working with all parties and build a strong personal skill set to promote a positive school climate.

          • Instructor(s): Susan Inman / Cindy Hunt

          EDAD 536 Issues and Ethical Leadership in School Administration (2)

          Major issues facing school leaders and the ethics involved in those issues are analyzed in this course. Topics include issues faced by schools in our political democracy: equal opportunity, legislative process, resource allocation, school-community relations and perceptions, student and teacher conduct, curriculum content and church-state relations.

          • Instructor(s): Cindy Hunt

          EDAD 537 Seminar/Practicum: Partnering at the State Level (2)

          Designed to help the administrator understand the need for a comprehensive communication with all agencies and personnel at the state level. This experience introduces students to the ODE, ESD, School Board Association and COSA, and emphasizes the legislative process including levy elections, ballot measures, and legislative or congressional issues.

          • Instructor(s): Randy Gordon

          EDAD 538 Seminar/Practicum: Extending the Communication Network (2)

          Interacting with individuals at the national, state and local level of school administration will be the emphasis of this experience. Students will attend conferences, professional meetings and association projects and create a system for accessing expertise at the state and national level.

          • Instructor(s): Randy Gordon

          EDAD 539 Seminar/Practicum: Labor Negotiations and Collective Bargaining (2)

          Research into labor practices and policies; interacting with representatives of labor organizations; developing a dialogue with state mediators of labor disputes and observation/participation in labor negotiations.

          • Instructor(s): Randy Gordon

          EDAD 540 Issues and Ethics: Rural and Urban School Settings (2)

          Examines trends and issues that school administrators K-12 face in both rural and urban settings. Includes culture and community issues, professional development of teachers new to the settings, and issues related to resources and access impacted by the rural or urban setting.