SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Program Details

36 Credits

Our 10-course, 36-semester-hour program will prepare you to be an educational leader, capable of undertaking the tasks and responsibilities of a principal or director of special education. This is a licensure program by the state of Iowa. Significant hours will be spent in field experience, allowing you the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning in the classroom.

M.Ed. in School Leadership (36 credits)

EDUC 501 Issues in Education (3 credits) (on campus)

This course critically examines the philosophical and historical background and context of contemporary educational practice. The focus is on key issues currently affecting the areas of teaching, curriculum, learning, and the school as an institution. Emphasis falls on relating philosophical and historical contexts to daily classroom practice. Course participants are equipped to use philosophical analysis as part of their reflective practice drawing on understandings and commitments in this course.

EDUC 502 Learner Development and Principles of Learning (3 credits)

This course examines a biblical model of the teacher, learner and the learning process. Consideration is given to the application of a biblical model as it relates to teaching and learning. This model is weighed and examined against other psycho-educational theories of development and learning. This course will equip leaders to create learning environments that celebrate image bearing.

EDUC 503 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research (3 credits)

This course provides leaders with a conceptual introduction to the essential principles and appropriate methods of educational research. Course participants will be equipped to analyze and interpret existing research and critique contemporary methods, techniques and trends in education.

EDUC 504 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 credits)

Framed in a biblical orientation, this course examines and develops curricular structures. Consideration will be given to how state, provincial, and Core Curriculum standards fit within these curricular decisions. Topics include an examination of content delivery models, appropriate instructional design models, and methods for implementing curricular change.

EDUC 505 Education in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)

This course examines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to identify and meet the instructional and social needs of all students, including those with mild to moderate disabilities. Classroom-based procedures for identifying students with disabilities will be considered. Leaders will discover strategies that facilitate the inclusion of students with special needs in the general classroom.

EDUC 560 Foundations of Educational Leadership (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of educational administration from a distinct perspective of what it means to lead Christianly. Content includes an examination of theories of leadership, leadership traits, leadership behaviors, contemporary approaches, and the Iowa School Leadership Standards. Concurrent enrollment in Educational 560L is required.

EDUC 560L Field Experience I in School Leadership (1.5 credits)

In this course, participants will engage in a field-based learning experience of 60 hours or more under the joint supervision of a school administrator and Dordt College faculty. Activities are integrated into EDUC 560, and serve as evidence of meeting program performance assessment standards. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 560 is required. Graded on a Pass/No-record basis.

EDUC 561 Instructional Leadership (3 credits)

This course will provide a theoretical and practical overview of the supervision and evaluation of instruction, recognizing the implications of teachers and students being created in the image of God. Practical, interactive exercises will be used to develop skills in the clinical process and developmental approach to supervision. Attention will also be given to supervision of the school/district professional development programs. One of two evaluator approval elements required by Iowa licensure is met through this course. Concurrent enrollment in Educational 561L is required.

EDUC 561L Field Experience II in School Leadership (1.5 credits)

In this course, participants will engage in a field-based learning experience of 60 hours or more under the joint supervision of a school administrator and Dordt College faculty. Activities are integrated into EDUC 561, and serve as evidence of meeting program performance assessment standards. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 561 is required. Graded on a Pass/No-record basis.

EDUC 562 Legal and Ethical Foundations in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

This course examines the fundamental issues of law and ethics as they are applied to the classroom teachers and school administrators, recognizing the role of justice seekers that administrators possess. Areas to be studied include educational structure and governance, church/state relations, students’ rights, teachers’ rights and responsibilities, and tort liability.

EDUC 563 Collaborative Leadership (3 credits)

This course focuses on organizational influences on leadership, communications in schools, decision making, managing conflict, and facilitating change in schools. A recognition and realization of the role schools play in the community, tasked to participate in restoration and reconciliation process. Concurrent enrollment in Educational 563L is required.

EDUC 563L Field Experience III in School Leadership (1.5 credits)

In this course, participants will engage in a field-based learning experience of 60 hours or more under the joint supervision of a school administrator and Dordt College faculty. Activities are integrated into EDUC 563, and serve as evidence of meeting program performance assessment standards. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 563 respectively is required. Graded on a Pass/No-record basis.

EDUC 564 Management and School Improvement (3 credits)

This course focuses on the presentation and development of methods for creating a climate of continuous, systemic improvement in schools. Participants will gain understanding of how the relationships among the development of learning communities, teacher leadership, school effectiveness, and site-based accountability can positively improve schools. Also covered are the basic principles and purposes of effective personnel practices and policies. Attention will be focused on the various approaches to personnel staffing, budgeting, and contract negotiations. The second of two evaluator approval elements required by the state of Iowa are met in this course. Concurrent enrollment in Educational 564L is required.

EDUC 564L Field Experience IV in School Leadership (1.5 credits)

In this course, participants will engage in a field-based learning experience of 60 hours or more under the joint supervision of a school administrator and Dordt College faculty. Activities are integrated into EDUC 564 and serve as evidence of meeting program performance assessment standards. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 564 respectively is required. Graded on a Pass/No-record basis.