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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

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For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a program of study leading to the education doctorate degree (Ed.D) in educational leadership. The program embeds existing coursework leading to advanced certification as a district level school administrator (superintendent). In addition to this coursework, candidates focus on advanced study of district level leadership, school law, politics, policy-making, and research.

ADMISSION

General requirements for admission to the Ed.D. degree include: Master of Science in Education degree or its equivalent; grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) or higher in graduate study; hold or have held a position requiring an Illinois Type 75 (building administration) certificate or its equivalent. Application materials will include:

• Current resume that clearly indicates 1) educational background, 2) diversity of P-12 work experience, and 3) progression of P-12 leadership experiences

• Three letters of reference from administrators or supervisors who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate's professional work. Letters must address: nature of the relationship with the applicant (at least one is current or past supervisor) leadership experience, ability to work collaboratively, ability to impact schools to improve student learning, oral and written communication skills, and potential to become a transformative educational leader.

• Written responses to three focus questions that consider the goals of the Ed.D. program and preparation for doctoral study.

All requirements will be reviewed by a faculty admissions committee to determine the potential of the candidate to affect school district change.

There are two possible admission points for the Ed.D. program.

1) Early admission for students who hold:

• An MS degree
• An Illinois type 75 certificate (or equivalent)

and who wish to earn the superintendent's endorsement while completing the doctorate degree.

2) Mid-point admission for students who hold:

• A specialist's degree (within the past ten years)
• A superintendent's endorsement
• An Illinois type 75 certificate (or equivalent)

and who want to complete the doctorate degree.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

For early admission, fifty-four (54) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree are required for the Ed.D. degree. For mid-point admission, twenty-four (24) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the specialist's degree are required for the Ed.D. degree.

Study of foundational theory of school district level leadership (27 semester hours)

(Early Admission courses)

EDAD 555 (3) – Superintendency and District Administration *
EDAD 560 (3) – Educational Policy Making and Governance*
EDAD 563 (3) – School and Community Relations*
EDAD 565 (3) – Personnel Administration*
EDAD 570 (3) – Leadership Theory and Practice*
EDAD 573 (3) – Educational Facilities, Planning and Management*
EDAD 575 (3) – Strategic Management*
EDAD 580 (3) – District Program Development*
EDAD 585 (3) – School Business Administration*

Internship and Field Study

(Early Admission course)

EDAD 591 (3) Internship Practicum*

Advanced Study and Research

(Early Admission and Mid-point Admission courses)

EDAD 600 (3) – Proseminar in the Superintendency
EDAD 620 (3)
Advanced School Law
EDAD 660 (3)
Politics and Policy-Making in Education
EPFR 605 (3)
Qualitative Inquiry  – includes field study*
EPFR 601 (3)
Quantitative Inquiry
EDAD 690 (3)
Research Topics In Educational Leadership
EDAD 698 (3,3)
Doctoral Capstone Research Project 

*Successful completion results in Specialist's Degree and recommendation for Illinois Superintendent's certificate.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy: The examination consists of essay questions that address course content and is taken after EPFR 605 (or before EDAD 690 and 698). The exam is read by three faculty members and assessed for content and quality. Candidate must pass the examination to advance.

Final Capstone Research Project: The project requires an extensive written document that presents the results of the candidate's research. An oral presentation and successful defense of the project before a committee of three faculty members is required for program completion. Planning the project occurs in EDAD 690 and the project is carried out, defended, and finalized in EDAD 698.

SPECIALIST DEGREE

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a program of study leading to the specialist degree in educational administration. There are three program options – teacher leader, principal, and superintendent. Each program option leads to an endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educators License (PEL).  Programs of study are designed for persons desiring career positions in school leadership.

ADMISSION

General requirements for admission to the specialist degree program include: a Master of Science in Education degree or its equivalent; a grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) or higher in graduate study.   Applicants seeking admission to the Teacher Leader option must have at least one year of teaching experience.  In addition, applicants to the Teacher Leader option must satisfactorily complete EDAD 500, an admission portfolio, and a personal interview. Applicants seeking admission to the General Administrative program must hold, or have held a pre-K-12 teaching position for four years.  Applicants for the Superintendent’s program must hold, or have held, a position requiring a principal level administrative endorsement.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Three program options are available: teacher leader, general administrative, and superintendent. General requirements are as follows:

Teacher Leader Option

Required courses (33 hours)

Program Admission:

EDAD 500 (3) – Introduction to School Leadership

Lecture Courses:

EDAD 525a (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Theory and Research
EDAD 530a (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Theory and Research
EDAD 535a (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Theory and Research
CI 582 (3) – Becoming a Teacher Leader: Mentor and Coach
CI 583 (3) – Leadership in Professional Development

Hybrid/Online Courses
IT 481 (3) – Computers in Education: Theory & Practice
IT 550 (3) – Emerging Technologies in Education
IT 560 (3) – Leadership in Educational Technology

Practicum:
EDAD 550 (3) – Teacher Leader Practicum

Field Study:
EDAD 595 (3) – Field Study

Principal Option

Required courses (33 hours)

Lecture Courses:

EDAD 500 (3) –  Introduction to School Leadership
EDAD 520 (3) – School Law
EDAD 525a (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Theory and Research
EDAD 530a (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Theory and Research
EDAD 535a (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Theory and Research
EDAD 545a (3) – The Principalship: Theory and Research

Field-Based Internship Courses:

EDAD 525b (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Field Experience
EDAD 530b (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Field Experience
EDAD 535b (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Field Experience
EDAD 545b (3) – The Principalship: Field Experience
EDAD 595 (3) – Field Study

Superintendent Option

Required Courses (33 hours)

Governance of Public Schools:

EDAD 555 (3) – Superintendency and District Administration
EDAD 560 (3) – Educational Policy Making and Governance
EDAD 563 (3) – School and Community Relations

Management of Public Schools:

EDAD 565 (3) – School Personnel Administration
EDAD 570 (3) – Leadership Theory and Practice
EDAD 573 (3) – Educational Facilities Planning and Management
EDAD 585 (3) – School Business Management

Educational Planning and Program Development:

EDAD 575 (3) – Strategic Management
EDAD 580 (3) – District Program Development

Internship practicum/Superintendency:

EDAD 591 (3) – Internship Practicum/Superintendency

Field study:

EDAD 595 (3) –  Field Study

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree.  There are two program options, Teacher Leader or Principal. Each program option leads to an endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). The degree program provides students with a broad theoretical background that facilitates career movement in a variety of school leadership positions.

Completion of the Master of Science in Education degree in educational administration ordinarily satisfies Illinois principal endorsement requirements (required for elementary, middle school, and high school principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents, or community college deans), and Missouri certification requirements for the initial principal endorsement. Courses are generally acceptable for certification in other states. Individuals who may have unusual certification problems should consult with the graduate program director for additional information. Illinois certification for various administrative endorsements may also be met through the specialist degree in educational administration.

ADMISSION

General requirements for admission to graduate study at the master's level in educational administration are the same as those of the Graduate School.  Applicants seeking admission to the Teacher Leader option must have at least one year teaching experience, and must satisfactorily complete EDAD 500, an admission portfolio, and a personal interview.  Applicants to the Principal option must hold, or have held, a preK-12 teaching position for four years prior to being admitted to the program.  Applicants must also submit a prescribed portfolio and participate in a personal interview with program faculty prior to admission.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Thirty-six (36) semester hours of graduate credit are required for the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in educational administration. General requirements are as follows:

Teacher Leader Option

Required courses (36 hours)

Program Admission:

EDAD 500 (3) – Introduction to School Leadership

Lecture Courses:

EPFR 521 (3) – Analysis of Educational issues: Socio-Cultural Foundations
EDAD 525a (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Theory and Research
EDAD 530a (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Theory and Research
EDAD 535a (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Theory and Research
CI 582 (3) – Becoming a Teacher Leader: Mentor and Coach
CI 583 (3) – Leadership in Professional Development

Hybrid/Online Courses:

EPFR 501 (3) – Research Methods
IT 481 (3) – Computers in Education: Theory & Practice
IT 550 (3) – Emerging Technologies in Education
IT 560 (3) – Leadership in Educational Technology

Practicum:

EDAD 550 (3) – Teacher Leader Practicum

Principal Option

Required courses (36 hours)

Lecture Courses:

EDAD 500 (3) – Introduction to School Leadership
EDAD 520 (3) – School Law
EDAD 525a (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Theory and Research
EDAD 530a (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Theory and Research
EDAD 535a (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Theory and Research
EDAD 545a (3) – The Principalship: Theory and Research
EPFR 501 (3) – Research Methods in Education
EPFR 521 (3) – Analysis of Educational Issues: Socio-cultural Foundations of Education

Field-Based Internship Courses:

EDAD 525b (3) – Instructional Leadership & Supervision: Field Experience
EDAD 530b (3) – Data Driven School Improvement and Accountability: Field Experience
EDAD 535b (3) – Curriculum Leadership: Field Experience
EDAD 545b (3) – The Principalship: Field Experience

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

All candidates in the Teacher Leader option must complete a field-based practicum supervised and evaluated by an administrator or teacher leader in the field and a faculty member of Educational Leadership of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

All candidates in the Principal option for the master’s degree in educational administration must complete a program portfolio.  Candidates must also complete a four course field-based internship which is aligned with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards, the 36 critical success factors outlined in the Southern Research Education Board’s “The Principal Internship: How Can We Get It Right?,” the Educational Leadership Constituents Council standards, and the Illinois State Board of Education General Administration Endorsement standards.  Candidates must also complete a four course field-based internship experience.  The internship is supervised and evaluated by an administrator in the field and a faculty member of Educational Leadership of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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