School Administration – EDUC 640

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of the administrative roles in the design, implementation and improvement of the total educational program in private and public schools. Specific areas of study include curriculum and instruction, pupil and staff personnel, student activities, school organization and management.

Prerequisites

Background Check Clearance with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5

Rationale

The leadership of a school is a key factor in the success or failure of the school’s programs. This course provides an overview to enable prospective administrators to gain an understanding of their leadership role through readings, personal reflection, and pedagogical interaction. This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine their own personal leadership values and to explore relevant problems and strategies for resolution.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a vision of learning.
  2. Develop an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Manage the school organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with faculty and community members to address community needs.
  5. Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Respond to the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Vision Analysis and Revision Process

The candidate will report, evaluate, review, and revise a school’s or district’s vision/purpose statement. This must be between 300–500 words. (MLO: A, D, E.)

Practicum Proposal Form

The candidate is required to complete 30 practicum hours in a school in order to pass this course.

Case Studies (2)

The candidate will access each Case Study by a link and code that will be provided by the instructor. Each Case Study must be a minimum of 1,000 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

Data Analysis and Goals

The candidate will gather and analyze multiple types of school data and then list 3–5 goals for school improvement. (MLO: B, C, E, F.)

Implementation Plan

The candidate will complete an Implementation Plan that covers resource management, implementation, and monitoring progress. A template will be provided in Blackboard. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

SIP PowerPoint Presentation

The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation that will be intended for a school board or a parent-teacher organization. In addition to summarizing the School Improvement Plan elements, the presentation is to indicate clearly how it was developed and will be implemented with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner. This presentation must include a minimum of 15 slides. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

School Improvement Plan

The candidate will complete this on the template that is provided in LiveText. This will enable the candidate to upload the previously completed Blackboard coursework into LiveText. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

Field Experience Summary (FES)

The candidate will complete this in the provided form and include relevant information from the practicum. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Field Experience Assessment (FEA)

The candidate’s onsite mentor will complete the FEA online. The mentor will receive an e-mail from Liberty with a link, username, and password to access the FEA. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Exams (2)

The candidate will complete a Midterm Exam and Final Exam in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5–6 essay questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)