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EDAD 6010   (3-3-0)   Professional Portfolio
Professional portfolios provide a visual demonstration and clear understanding of student mastery of necessary skills in the student's designated program of study. The portfolio is a culmination of the student's accomplishments, skills, ability, and aptitude for their field of study at the graduate level. Degree seeking students in the College of Education will be expected to present their professional portfolio to the Educator Preparation Board for assessment as evidence of program success during their final semester. Students are to follow the portfolio guidelines provided by the College of Education.   
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6020   (0-3-0)   Seminar in Educational Leadership
This course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for state principal certification. The course will focus on content and sample questions from the authorized preparation manual for the state principal examination distributed by the National Evaluation Systems, Inc. Information will also be utilized from the state publication Proficiencies for Leaders in Learner-Centered Schools and other appropriate sources. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the TExES practice tests in order to be authorized by the College of Education to take the state TExES examination.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD 6389 Internship in Educational Administration.


EDAD 6300   (3-3-0)   Principal Standards and Compentencies
This course is designed to provide the framework that forms the basis for the state principal examination. The course will focus on content and sample questions from the authorized preparation manual for the state principal test distributed by the National Evaluation Systems, Inc., to better prepare students for the examination. Information will also be utilized from the state publication Proficiencies for Leaders in Learner-Centered Schools and other appropriate sources. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the TExES practice test(s) in order to be authorized by the College of Education to take the state TExES examination.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: This course should be taken as one of the first three courses taken in the program.


EDAD 6301   (3-3-0)   Instructional Leadership Development
This course will be a study of the essential components of the Texas model for instructional leadership at the school level. Students will study the relationship between a vision of success for all students and the concepts of planning, curriculum, appraisal, professional development and accountability. The need for a school culture that is learner-centered and collaborative, focused on student performance, based on high expectations for all students, and driven by a process of continuous improvement will be studied. This course will include the application of a framework of continuous improvement to school organization and individuals in order to promote student success. Students who successfully complete this course will qualify for the Instructional Leadership Development Certificate as required by the State of Texas for teacher appraisers.  Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6311   (3-3-0)   Educational Organization and Administration
Analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns; emphasis is placed upon understanding various administrative theories and philosophical concepts as they apply to school administration; basic factors and functions of administration are studied in relation to the various programs of administration.  Fall, Spring Online, Summer Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6312   (3-3-0)   School Law
Legal basis of education at national, state, and local levels. Major court decisions affecting organization and administration of public and private schools. Legal rights and responsibilities of school administrators and other school personnel.  Fall Online, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6313   (3-3-0)   Supervision of Instruction
A study of philosophical foundations, principles and practices of effective instructional supervision in public schools. Attention is given to the supervisory methods used to improve instruction at all grade levels.  Fall Online, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6314   (3-3-0)   The Principalship
A study of the roles and responsibilities of the principal in the administration of elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Emphasis is given to the leadership role of the principal in curriculum development, supervision and evaluation of instruction, provisions for exceptional children, pupil management, in-service training, and public relations.  Fall, Summer Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6315   (3-3-0)   School Finance/Business Management
Study of roles, responsibilities, systems and procedures in school business matters. Includes budgeting, taxation, statutory programs for school support, fiscal management, business operations, management of facilities, equipment, and real property.  Spring Online, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6316   (3-3-0)   School Personnel Administration
Studies, practices and principles of administration with reference to recruitment, selection and promotion, and retention of school personnel. Topics include planning for personnel needs, job analysis and evaluation, job descriptions, salaries and salary scheduling, maintenance of morale, fringe benefits, evaluation of personnel, and other employee services.  Fall, Spring Online, Summer Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6317   (3-3-0)   School Public Relations
Principles underlying public relations, development of school and community understanding, cooperation through appropriate agents and agencies, and relationships of school personnel with the public.  Fall, Spring Online, Summer Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6319   (3-3-0)   Christian School Education Administration
An analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns as applicable to both Christian school and public school situations. Various administrative theories and philosophical concepts will be studied as they apply to school administration, particularly from a Christian and biblical viewpoint. Basic factors and functions of successful administrations will be examined.  Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


EDAD 6389   (3-3-0)   Internship in Educational Administration (S-L)
Practicum designed to provide field experiences in school administration. The intern is assigned to an appropriate administrator in an approved elementary or secondary school. The field experience is under the supervision of a university professor and requires monthly seminar meetings at the university. The intern is given experience in developing and applying proficiencies in learner-centered leadership, learner-centered climate, learner-centered curriculum and instruction, learner-centered professional development, equity in excellence for all learners, and learner-centered communication. Specific activities and assignments ensure that the intern obtains practical experience in these proficiencies, determined collaboratively by the student, the university professor, and the cooperating administrator. Application for an internship must be made one semester prior to the semester of enrollment.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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