Courses in M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership

Core Curriculum (21 credits)
See Core Curriculum descriptions below

  • EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World (3 credits)
  • EDU 582 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners (3 credits)
  • EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 585 Cultivating Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDU 586 Applied Educational Research I (3 credits)
  • EDU 587 Applied Educational Research II (3 credits)

Concentrations (12 credits)


M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership Core Curriculum Descriptions

EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
Credit Hours3
Prerequisites(All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) None

This course is designed to provide an overview of educational organizations and the change process with attention to the impact of diversity on the local context.  It draws on literature about organizational behavior, change, diversity, leadership, and professional learning communities. The course begins with an analysis of organizations and moves to a focused examination of the change process. Specifically it will support a framework that acknowledges the important role that families, communities, and culture play on educational practice.

EDU 582 Research Methods in Education
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education

This course is designed to introduce educators to different methodological frameworks in educational research and become more familiar with a range of research designs and practices.  Participants will select an area of inquiry and begin an in-depth analysis of the research on this topic.

EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners 
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership program or permission of instructor

This course focuses on current research and best practice in the area of curriculum development, instructional design, and assessment techniques. Participants will learn about a range of planning models that will inspire the creativity and innovation necessary to provide rich and powerful learning experiences and environments for every student. This course motivates participants to support colleagues in engaging students authentically in their own learning. An integral part of this course will be the development of a critical stance related to current practices in the design of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning 
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 583; practicing educator, or permission of instructor

This course is designed to provide teacher leaders with opportunities to develop a deeper level of understanding of data analysis focused on student learning, representation, and communication to intended audiences. Participants in this course will investigate data-informed leadership processes through the cycle of program evaluation: design, implementation, management, and evaluation. The effects of reform initiatives on the stakeholders in educational environments will be investigated and critiqued. An emphasis is placed on developing a collaborative culture in educational environments that enhances teacher agency, builds instructional capacity, and maximizes efforts to meet students’ needs.

EDU 585 Cultivating Ethical Leadership 
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 584 or permission of instructor

This course is designed to cultivate ethical leaders at the classroom, school, and district level who are prepared to influence system transformation.  Using student-generated and case study scenarios participants will engage in reflective practice to develop their ethical leadership capacity. Participants will collect data; reflect on the role of local context; and the importance of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders to advocate for student learning.

EDU 586 Applied Educational Research I
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 582 or permission of instructor

This course builds on foundational theories and practices investigated in Research Methods.  Students will design a research study related to the field of education and document the proposed methods for that study.  Students will better understand various ethical concerns when conducting research with people.

EDU 587 Applied Educational Research II
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 586 or permission of instructor

This course is designed as a capstone experience.  Students will conduct a research project that will solidify and extend the researcher’s working understanding of the principles of research design, implementation, and analysis.  Further, this course is a forum for analysis and reflection on the theoretical and experiential knowledge gained through the research process to generate an informed, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.