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General Course Information for EDA628: Summative Leadership Seminar

Course: EDA628 - Summative Leadership Seminar
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Course Description: Organizational development, mobilization of human and fiscal resources, restructuring, building a school environment that embraces diversity. Administrative tasks in schools and school districts. Schools as political systems focusing on the improvement of instruction. Knowledge drawn from other preliminary administrative services credential courses and from direct, practical experience.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify institutional needs for addressing diversity, ethics, contemporary educational issues, and schools as political systems.
  • Apply theoretical and practical roles aspects of organizational development within a school or school district.
  • Develop skills to contribute to a school environment committed to improving teaching for all staff and learning for all students.
  • Identify school and school district funding sources, facility needs, and operating costs.
  • Use technology positively to influence instructional improvement through data analysis.
  • Develop skills in interviewing and career goal setting.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply landmark court cases, legislation, federal and state regulations governing student rights, due process, delivery of instruction, and general operation of school districts.
  • Build consensus among stake-holders, evaluate, analyze and develop new school programs and paradigms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational development, and the benefits of mobilizing human and fiscal resources, restructuring, creating a school environment that identifies institutional needs for diversity and the administrative tasks of the principal and vice principal
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of practice related to curriculum standards and accountability leading to the improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate through practice a sensitivity to and an understanding of cultural diversity and its significance in building effective school communities
  • Develop an ethical framework for effective educational leadership.
  • Examine the total operation of personnel and school management functions and staff development, which includes personnel management and administration, personnel relations, personnel laws, and collective bargaining.
  • Make better decisions regarding the management of information technology within the organization, and how information and educational technology can be used to improve instructional programs and drive professional development of the staff.
  • Possess the necessary skills to become successful practicing school administrator.
  • Possess the technological background for making data driven decisions leading to instructional improvement.
  • Provide candidates with the research base for reflective educational decision making.
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply financial policies and practices used in schools and districts, which emphasize federal, state, and local revenue sources as well as district and school budgeting and financial management procedures.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures