COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential -24 units

EDAD 610:  Leading School Communities in a Diverse Society (3 units)
This course develops the candidate’s ability to advocate for the students, school, and community across multiple audiences by collaborating with others in achieving the school’s vision and goals.  Candidates will develop skills in examining supports and barriers in the school to better provide effective instruction and equitable access for all students by learning and practicing how to identify, analyze and minimize personal bias; how policies and historical practices effect institutional bias; and how leaders address and monitor institutional-level inequity.

EDAD 612:  Development of Professional Leadership Perspectives(2 units)
This course facilitates each candidate’s development of a professional leadership perspective through learning activities that promote leadership and interpersonal skills at both the macro and micro-organizational levels. The candidate will have opportunities to apply skills of reasoned and objective inquiry to analyze complex problems and propose effective solutions considering the political, environmental, organizational, and behavioral contexts and implications. Finally, the course builds leadership perspective to support the vision and mission of the school and district.

EDAD 624A:  Field Experience Beginning (1 unit)
This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school that focuses on the organization and management of the school though a lens of cultural proficiency.

EDAD 614:  Leading Instruction (3 units)
This course addresses the candidate’s knowledge of California student academic content and curriculum standards, research-based instructional and assessment practices, and the candidate’s ability to assess classroom instruction and provide focused, constructive feedback to teachers. The program develops candidates’ knowledge of how to integrate creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills with the content standards. The program provides multiple opportunities for each candidate to learn, practice, and reflect on instructional leadership.

EDAD 616A:  The Role of Schooling in a Democratic Society (2 units)
This course includes opportunities for candidates to learn how historical and philosophical influences, state and federal policy decisions, and prevailing educational practices impact schooling. In addition this course provides candidates an overview of federal and state laws, local policies, and contracts that impact school leaders, all students, teachers, parents, and community partners.

EDAD 624B:  Field Experience Beginning  (1 unit)
This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on leading instruction and an aspect of school law.  This can be two separate field experiences or a theme that might combine both of the semester’s topics.  This might also include a shadow activity, an interview, or attendance at an event.

EDAD 618A:  Leading Assessment and Accountability (2 units)
Candidates learn how to identify, generate, and use data to make decisions about pedagogy and adjustment of instructional policies and procedures through the lens of student success and equity.  The effective use of assessment data from the classroom, as well as from system-wide sources, in establishing and using accountability systems is addressed.

EDAD 618B:  Leading School Improvement (2 units)
This course builds candidate skills and knowledge in selecting and using data to identify what is working, diagnosing needs, and identifying opportunities for school improvement leadership using appropriate and effective school improvement theories and strategies. The course provides multiple opportunities for each candidate to learn, practice, and reflect on school improvement leadership.

EDAD 626A:  Field Experience Advanced (2 units)
This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on assessment data collection, analysis, and recommended best practices for improvement.  The focus of the study will be a gap analysis with a lens on cultural proficiency.

EDAD 616B:  School Finance and Resource Allocation (2 units)
This course addresses the candidate’s ability to understand, align, effectively manage, and integrate all the organizational structures, processes, and policies of a school system that impact the school’s ability to achieve its vision and goals. These skills include an understanding of the regulatory and financial contexts involved with the management of human, fiscal and material resources to distribute equitably in support of all students’ learning.

EDAD 620:  Visionary Leadership (3 units)
This course guides the candidate to develop an actionable and sustainable vision of teaching and learning that is responsive to the changing context of a given school and local education agency, including the ability to lead others in collaboratively developing, implementing, and evaluating the vision. Candidates will reflect upon and articulate their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in leading diverse school communities in the 21st century.

EDAD 626B:  Field Experience Advanced (1 unit)
This is an opportunity to take a leadership role on a project or activity at your school with a focus on a contemporary issue and school resources. This may be a shadow activity.

MASTER’S DEGREE

Courses in addition to the credential courses to earn a Master’s Degree (6 units)

EDUC 622:  Research Methods in Education  (3 units)
This core course is designed to introduce educational practitioners to the fields of educational research and evaluation. We will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conducting research in the context of educational settings. We will further examine measurement, assessment, common statistical techniques and methods for critiquing research and program evaluation studies.

EDUC 698:  Masters Culminating Experience Seminar (3 units)
Enrollment Requirement: Successful completion of the master’s option coursework and advancement to candidacy.

Students engage in the planning, preparation, and completion of their culminating experience, which may take the form of a research thesis or curricular project for those already working as administrators. Note: Students must continually enroll in this course until successful completion of the culminating experience. Graded Credit/No Credit.