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EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (EDL)
 
EDL 410 Leadership Development 1 cr
This course is for undergraduates who are, or aspire to be, leaders. Faculty from throughout the University will direct weekly class sessions. Requires permission of the Dean of Students.
 
EDL 513 Instructional Leadership and
3 cr
Curriculum Development
Students in this course will learn to participate in the process of instructional improvement, adaptation to the needs of children and local communities, and instructional leadership within schools. The course will include staff development, instructional evaluation and assessment, school effectiveness concepts, government requirements, cultural diversity, curriculum development, problem solving, small group leadership, conflict management, empowerment, professional ethics, and other interpersonal skills applied to instructional development situations.
 
EDL 517 Education Law 3 cr
Students completing this course will demonstrate understanding of the legal system of schools. Students will be able to relate to constitutional, federal, state, and local requirements as they concern students, employees, teachers, and instructional program administration. Students will understand statutory rights of certified and non-certified personnel in Alabama, including due process, tenure, transfer, suspension, and termination, and will be able to investigate legal matters affecting the administration of schools.
 
EDL 525 School Finance 3 cr
This course explores leadership skills related to group dynamics, problem identification, accountability, diversity, economic levels, and their relationship to financing schools. Internal and external public relations and political factors which impact the funding of school will also be discussed. Fiscal management, including the Alabama Local School Accounting and Reporting System, will be analyzed.
 
EDL 550 Principles of School Leadership 3 cr
This course provides understanding and skills in the leadership and management of schools, including elements of effective classroom management, monitoring student services, and school and community relations. Management skills associated with school facilities, transportation, and student records will be studied.
 
EDL 557 Supervisory Leadership 3 cr
Students completing this course will learn to work with teachers in improving classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate the ability to collect classroom information, including assessment and evaluative data; coordinate student service needs; direct teachers using leadership, motivational techniques, professional ethics, and school management; and use techniques such as personnel selection, stress management, conflict management, scheduling, and research in adapting instruction to the changing needs of the community.
 
EDL 590 Special Topics 3 cr
Guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks, such as program design, program revision, self study for accreditation visitation, supervision in the organization, and application of selected learning activities to acquire and enhance leadership skills.
 
EDL 594 Directed Study in Educational Leadership 1-3 cr
Exploration of problems and issues of special interest or significance in Educational Leadership. Not more than three semester hours of any departmental 594 courses can be accepted toward a degree.
 
EDL 595 Internship in Educational Leadership 1-6 cr
The internship is a supervised learning experience in several work settings which simulates the reality of Educational Leadership work situations. The internship provides an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned during the student’s graduate program. Students are expected to complete no fewer than 50 hours for each semester hour earned.
 
EDL 603 Current Problems and Issues
3 cr
in Educational Administration
Explores problems and issues at the federal, state, and local levels facing the administration and supervision of American educational institutions. Particular emphasis is on decision making affecting education.
 
EDL 611 Seminar in Educational Human Relations Skills 3 cr
Designed to assess and improve the student’s level of competency in communication and group leadership skills, knowledge of sociocultural influences and differences, and understanding of the developmental characteristics of human beings.
 
EDL 621 Seminar in Program and
3 cr
Curriculum Development
Designed to assess and improve the student’s level of competency in program development skills, instructional strategies, systems analysis, and change innovation.
 
EDL 631 Seminar in Educational
3 cr
Management Skills
Designed to assess and improve the student’s knowledge of decision-making styles, problem-solving processes, leadership skills, implementation of organizational change, and physical environments which promote productivity. Additionally, when appropriate to the candidate’s expected leadership position, current knowledge of law, finance, plant management, and professional negotiations will be stressed.
 
EDL 690 Special Topics 1-3 cr
May be a content-varying course or may be guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks as well as supervision in the organization and application of selected learning activities to acquire and enhance leadership skills. May be repeated for credit when course content varies.
 
EDL 694 Directed Study in Educational Leadership 3 cr
Students explore problems and issues of special interest or significance to advanced students. Not more than three semester hours of any departmental 694 courses can be accepted toward a degree.
 
EDL 695 Mentoring Leadership 3 cr
This course is a learning experience in mentoring relationships. The course provides an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned during the student’s advanced graduate studies. The student will learn mentoring skills and serve as a mentor for students interested in educational administration or new to the field of administration.
 
EDL 699 Research Project 3 cr
A supervised field project, study, or investigation in Educational Leadership. The student will conduct an investigation and apply concepts and skills learned during the sixth-year program.
 
 


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