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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND FOUNDATIONS
 
Chair: Joseph W. Newman (251-380-2746)
Professors Emeritus: Carl E. Todd, John E. Morrow
Professors: Newman, Uhlig
Associate Professor: Fregeau, Robenstine
Assistant Professors: Gray, Smith
 
Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations web site
 
Educational Foundations
Educational Foundations courses are designed to help students throughout the College of Education develop a critical perspective on the relationship between school and society. Students use a variety of academic disciplines to study the problems of education. Foundations courses focus on teachers, their occupation as educational reform has affected it, and students as contemporary social forces have shaped them. The influences of social class, race, ethnicity, and gender take center stage in every course. Although there are no degree or certification programs in Educational Foundations, these courses support undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the College.
 
GRADUATE
Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership courses empower students for advancement in educational service. Leadership programs emphasize growth from the knowledge base through simulations to practical application and career mobility. This Department offers three certification programs approved by the Alabama State Department of Education for educational administrators: a Class A Certification Program, a Class A Certification Program with a Master of Education degree, and a Class AA Certification Program with an Educational Specialist Degree. Students can also qualify for the Class AA Certificate while enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Instructional Design and Development. In addition, the Department offers a Master’s Degree program that does not lead to state certification.
 
Online Programs in Educational Administration
Two of the Department’s programs are now available Online: the Class A Certification program in Educational Administration, and the Class A Certification program in Educational Administration with the Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration. These programs are designed to prepare administrators for Alabama’s public and private schools. Because the programs are nationally recognized and accredited, students may be able to qualify for administrative positions in other states.
The Online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever else they have access to the Internet. Online programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library.
Program requirements are listed below. Students can complete most requirements Online. EDL 513, Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development, must be taken on campus. The written comprehensive examination must also be taken on campus.
For further information on Online programs, contact Dr. Agnes E. Smith at (251) 380-2746 or <aesmith@usouthal.edu>.
 
Class A Certificate in Educational Administration
Students entering this program must have a master’s degree and Alabama Class A Certification in a teaching field or instructional support area. Program requirements include:
1. completing a minimum of 21 semester hours as outlined below with at least a 3.25 grade-point average,
2. passing assessment modules with at least a 70% level of proficiency, and
3. passing a written comprehensive examination.
4. completing at least two years of classroom teaching by the time of completion of the course work and comprehensive exam.
The Class A Certificate is valid for 5 years and is renewable.
 
I. Educational Leadership Core
  (15 semester hours minimum)
EDL 513, EDL 517, EDL 525, EDL 550,
EDL 557
II. Internship (six semester hours minimum)
  EDL 595
Students register for one semester hour of internship credit with each course in the Educational Leadership Core and one additional hour during the program.
In addition to the above requirements, students who have not completed a survey course of exceptionalities as part of an undergraduate or graduate program must take SPE 500, Nature and Needs of Exceptional Children and Youth.
 
Class A Certificate in Educational Administration and Master of Education Degree
Students entering this program must have a bachelor's degree and Alabama Class B Certification in a teaching field.
The Class A Certificate is valid for 5 years and is renewable.
 
I. Educational Leadership Core
  (15 semester hours minimum)
EDL 513, EDL 517, EDL 525, EDL 550,
EDL 557
II. Internship
  (six semester hours minimum)
EDL 595
Students register for one semester hour of internship credit with each course in the Educational Leadership Core and one additional hour during the program.
III. Educational Foundations and
Educational Psychology
  (six semester hours minimum)
  A. Select One:
EDF 501, EDF 515
  B. Select One:
EPY 502, EPY 521
IV. Research (three semester hours minimum)
  IDE 510
V. Electives
  (three hrs minimum)
Advisor-approved EDL/EDF courses. Students who have not completed a survey course of exceptionalities must take SPE 500.
 
Class AA Certificate in Educational Administration and Educational Specialist Degree for the Instructional Specialist
Students entering this program must have a master’s degree, Alabama Class A Certification in Educational Administration, and three years of successful teaching experience. Program requirements include completing a minimum of 36 semester hours as outlined below with at least 3.25 grade-point average and passing a written comprehensive examination.
The Class AA Certificate is valid for five (5) years and is renewable.
 
I. Core Courses
  (21 semester hours minimum)
IDE 620, IDE 640, IDE 650, IDE 692, EPY 602, EDF 615, EDL 699
II. Area of Certification
  (12 semester hours minimum)
EDL 603, EDL 611, EDL 621, EDL 631, EDL 695 (req)
III. Electives
  (3 semester hours minimum)
Advisor-approved EDL/ELF courses
 
Students who have earned only 3 semester hours of EDL 595 credit in a Class A certification program must take an additional 3 semester hours. Students who have not completed a survey course in exceptionalities as part of an undergraduate or graduate program must take SPE 500, Nature and Needs of Exceptional Children and Youth.
Refer to the College of Education general section of this Bulletin for other program requirements.
 
MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP — NON-CERTIFICATION
This program is designed for students who want to become leaders in institutions other than elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Students who work in higher education or in industry, for instance, may tailor the program to suit their needs with the approval of their advisor. Program requirements include:
1. completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below with at least a 3.25 grade-point average, and
2. passing a written comprehensive examination.
 
I. Antecedent Courses
  (12 semester hrs minimum)
EDF 501, EDF 515, IDE 510,
EPY 502, or EPY 521
II. Supporting Courses
  (three-six semester hours minimum)
One or two courses approved by the advisor.
III. Specialization (18 semester hrs minimum)
  Six Educational Leadership courses or other courses approved by the advisor. The Department may adjust course requirements to fit student needs and interests.
 
 
 
 


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