The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree is designed for individuals interested in educational administration in the PK-12 setting and social services settings for children, but who must postpone a school site-based administrative internship or choose not to seek a K-12 principal's license. Graduates of the master‛s in educational leadership program are prepared to become educational leaders in the home, church, private schools, and other settings not requiring a principal's license.
Those seeking a master‛s in educational leadership will study and explore topics such as: Educational administration foundation and framework, educational leadership, data-driven decisions for school improvement, legal issues in education, public school finance, supervision and instructional leadership, and curriculum development for school improvement. Other areas of emphasis include leadership styles and development as well as organizational culture and team leadership.
Geared toward individuals who are already licensed as teachers, this program does not lead to a principal‛s license but may lead to career advancement. To be admitted into this master‛s in educational leadership program, two years of teaching experience is strongly recommended. Students who complete this program and then desire to secure a principal's license will be required to complete the program requirements of the Master of Education in Educational Administration.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|UNV-501||Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education||This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||2|
|EDA-534||Educational Administration Foundation and Framework||This course orients students to the program, the field, and the six Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards guiding them. It includes an introduction to creating a professional portfolio. This course does not require embedded field experience/practicum hours.||4|
|EDA-575||Educational Leadership in a Changing World||This course provides a new paradigm for the school leader. Students examine the fundamental concepts of organizational theories and leadership models on a macro level and relate those theories and models to the educational enterprises. Upon completion of this course, educational leaders possess an understanding of the complexity of being a school leader, with experiences ranging from the development of a vision for systemic change to the demonstration of practical skills that work to ensure smooth day-to-day operations of a school. This course is primarily germane to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards 1 and 3. This course does not require embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisite: EDA 534.||4|
|EDA-577||Data-Driven Decisions for School Improvement||This course provides participants with a wide range of strategies to facilitate the process of school improvement through evidence-based inquiry. Students utilize systematic processes to describe the existing environment and areas of weaknesses in order to facilitate and promote continuous and sustainable school improvement through innovation and change. This course focuses primarily on ISLLC Standards 1 and 3, and requires 15 embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisites: EDA 534 and EDA 575.||4|
|EDA-555||Legal Issues in Education||The 21st century school is a complex, ever-changing environment that poses a myriad of challenges to school leadership on a daily basis. This course explores important critical issues currently facing school principals and discusses possible strategies for meeting those issues. Upon completion of this course, educational leaders are able to apply the federal and state laws that govern the operation and conduct of their organization, so that they can achieve their vision and mission without treading upon the constitutional rights and personal freedoms of students and staff. This course addresses the Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standard 6 and requires 15 embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisite: EDA 577.||4|
|EDA-535||Public School Finance||Upon completion of this course, students possess knowledge and understanding of the application of school finance topics related to education at the federal, state, and local levels. The students explore basic administrative theories, processes, and techniques, as well as discuss the major challenges facing them in the daily operation of local schools. In addition, students gain an understanding for the application of financial, organizational, and implementation challenges of integrating technology into the educational community. This course focuses on ISLLC Standards 3 and 6, and requires 15 embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisite: EDA 577.||4|
|EDA-551||Supervision and Instructional Leadership||Because of the pervasive nature of supervision and instructional leadership, this course approaches the topic within several arenas of the educational environment. Upon completion of this course, students possess knowledge and understanding for the application of the models and theories of supervision and instructional leadership, the interpersonal and technical skills needed for supervision, and the tasks and functions of the supervisor. In addition, students possess an understanding for the application of financial, organizational, and implementation challenges of integrating technology into the educational community, as well as leadership strategies to integrate technology into the educational community. This course focuses primarily on ISLLC Standard 2 and requires 15 embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisite: EDA 577.||4|
|EDA-561||Curriculum Development for School Improvement||Upon completion of this course, educational leaders possess the skills to examine existing curriculum for gaps, strengths, and weaknesses. They also understand the variety of components necessary to build a rigorous curriculum that is also flexible enough to adapt to a constantly changing world and can withstand personal and community bias. The essential elements of curriculum development for school—including improvement by examining goals, beliefs, and current outcomes—are also examined and discussed. In addition, students explore leadership strategies designed to integrate technology into both teaching and learning. This course responds to the Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standard 2 and requires 20 embedded field experience/practicum hours. Prerequisite: EDA 577.||4|
|LDR-600||Leadership Styles and Development||This course explores the nature of business leadership models and theories, examines these models through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints, and provides a description and analysis of these approaches to leadership, giving special attention to how the models can improve leadership in real-world organizations.||4|
|LDR-625||Organizational Culture and Team Leadership||This course equips students to fully understand the complexities of organizational systems and cultures, the ways in which these forces manifest themselves, and the means by which leaders intentionally impact the shape that these forces take in their organizations. Additionally, this course covers team dynamics, group processes, and strategies for designing and supporting teams in the workplace.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||38|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
An online education allows you the flexibility to fulfill your educational goals without distracting you from your career. Full-time faculty members support our online students while our dynamic tools allow for engaging and challenging discussions with classmates. Classes start every month.
To meet the demands of today's working adults, this degree is offered through our convenient evening program. Classes meet one evening per week and allow you to interact directly with instructors and peers face-to-face. Locations vary - speak with an enrollment counselor to learn more.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.
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