Course Descriptions

The Department of Educational Leadership is responsible for the following courses:

CEDA 500         CEDA 600         CEDA 699         CHED 600         CHED 730

CEDA 510         CEDA 601         CEDA 709         CHED 610         CHED 740

CEDA 520         CEDA 610         CEDA 719         CHED 620         CHED 750

CEDA 530         CEDA 612         CEDA 729         CHED 630         CHED 760

CEDA 535         CEDA 614         CEDA 730        CHED 640         CHED 770

CEDF 550         CEDA 620         CEDA 735        CHED 650         CHED 780

CEDF 553         CEDF 654         CEDA 739        CHED 660         CHED 699

CEDA 590         CEDA 630         CEDA 790        CHED 700         CHED 790

CHED 670         CEDA 690         CEDA 791        CHED 690         CHED 795

CEDA 599         CEDA 608         CEDA 795         CHED 710         CHED 720

CHED 680         CEDA 995         CEDA 900

CEDA 560/CDA 561                  CEDA 660/CEDA 661                           


Course Descriptions


CEDA 500: Introduction to Educational Administration & Supervision. 3 credits
Surveys the field(s) of educational administration and supervision, introduces basic theories and principles of administration and supervision.

CEDA 510: Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders. 3 credits
Focuses on the comprehensive curriculum development process and emphasizes leadership skills required for implementation and evaluation of the curriculum. Field-based activities are integral parts of the course.

CEDA 520: Educational Resource Management. 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the school system business administration. The course helps the student of educational leadership in urban schools to explore and understand the issues of efficiency and equity in educational resources management.

CEDA 530: School/Community Relations. 3 credits
Examines principles and practices for improving urban school and community relationships with emphasis on the local school site.

CEDA 535: Educational Policy and the Law. 3 credits
Provides a comprehensive review of legal structures and foundations of the American public school system. Students will understand the policy context governing the administration of public schools.

CEDA 560/561: Practicum for the Master’s Degree. 6 credits
Provides opportunities at local school sites to synthesize and apply knowledge over two semesters in diverse educational settings. The field experience requires 300 contact hours including scheduled reflective seminars.

CEDA 590: Educational Tests and Measurements. 3 credits
This course examines methods used to measure and evaluate student progress and how the information gathered through these processes can be used to inform decisions about students, programs and activities.

CEDA 599: Research for School Improvement. 3 credits
This course will guide students through basic research skills needed to locate and evaluate educational research and the utilization of their skills to solve problems that arise in the school setting through the application of action research.

CEDA 600: Administration of the Urban School System. 3 credits
Reviews contemporary administrative and organizational models at the system level in American public schools and considers their impact on urban school policies and practices.

CEDA 601: Strategic Planning for Systemic Reforms. 3 credits
Introduces students to the concept of systemic school reform and the challenges facing educational change initiatives. Considers methods and issues of planning large school interventions.

CEDA 608: Macro Educational Planning (IDE). 3 credits
Explores application of planning models and instruments for development of system level facilities, services and programs.

CEDA 610: Administration & Supervision of the Instructional Program. 3 credits
Focuses on teaching/learning process and provides the administrator knowledge, skills and attitudes in supervising the curriculum and instructional program. A primary emphasis is on improvement of instruction in urban schools. Direct support of teacher, group development, professional development, curriculum development and action research will be emphasized.

CEDA 612: Student Personnel Administration. 3 credits
Studies student personnel problems in public schools.

CEDA 614: Staff Personnel Administration. 3 credits
Studies principles and practices needed in recruitment of personnel and maintenance of school personnel programs.

CEDA 620: Economics of Educational Equity. 3 credits
Provides analysis of pervasive equity issues facing urban schools. In-depth consideration of economic and financial challenges of ensuring equity for all students.

CEDA 630: Community Educational Leadership. 3 credits
Introduces students to the theory and practice of community education and the role of education in urban community development.

CEDA 660/661: Advanced Practicum. 6 credits
Provides a variety of field-based experiences for education specialist and doctoral candidates over two semesters in diverse settings at school districts, state education departments or higher education. The field experience requires 300 contact hours including scheduled reflective seminars.

CEDA 690: Systematic Evaluation. 3 credits
Evaluates school level organizational units and instructional programs through application of social system model of organization and planning instruments.

CEDA 699: Research Methods in Organizations. 3 credits
Examines methods of researching problems in organizations and develops instruments for measurement of variables in school organizations.

CEDA 709: Seminar in Strategic Leadership. 3 credits
Utilizing social systems theories, students will examine the issues of systemic change in educational organizations. They will review relevant literature, formulate research questions and design frameworks for interpretation and analysis.

CEDA 719: Seminar in Instructional Leadership. 3 credits
Students will examine school reform issues from the perspective of curriculum and instructional leadership. They will review relevant literature, formulate research questions and design frameworks for interpretation and analysis.

CEDA 729: Seminar in Organizational Leadership. 3 credits
Utilizing the perspective of transformational leadership, students will examine organizational decision making and the problems of organizational change. They will review relevant literature, formulate research questions and design frameworks for interpretation and analysis.

CEDA 730: Politics of Urban Education. 3 credits
Examines effects on educational policies of political behavior at national, state, local and institutional levels with particular focus on implications for urban schools.

CEDA 735: Educational Policy Analysis. 3 credits
Develops a framework for analysis and decision making in education policy, analyzes selected issues of current significance and introduces students to educational policy research methodology.

CEDA 739: Seminar in Political/Community Leadership. 3 credits
Analyzes issues of leadership and governance as they relate to the larger political, social and cultural context of urban schools. Students will review relevant literature, formulate research questions, and design frameworks for interpretation and analysis.

CEDA 790: Quantitative Research Methodology in Education. 3 credits
Students will learn how to construct a variety of quantitative research designs, identify and use appropriate statistical tools and techniques, analyze, interpret and report research results using narrative, tabular and graphic forms. Prerequisite: Computer Literacy.

CEDA 795: Qualitative Research Methodology in Education. 3 credits
Assists doctoral students to develop theoretical framework from which qualitative inquiry emerges. Aims, assumptions, methods and strategies of qualitative research are addressed.

CEDA 791: Directed Research. 3 credits
Develops competencies in designing and developing research proposals. (Elective)

CEDA 990: Doctoral Advisement. 1 credit
Maintains status of students for preparation and writing comprehensive examination and/ or prospectus or for making corrections of dissertation after final defense.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair.

CEDA 995: Dissertation Research. 3 credits
Provides guidance on research for and writing of the dissertation. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all required courses and the comprehensive examinations. Minimum six (6) hours required.

CEDF 550: History of Urban Education. 3 credits
Through the disciplinary lens of history, the course reviews the major forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the modern school system in the United States. Particular focus will be directed at the urban setting.

CEDF 553: Schooling and the Urban Community. 3 credits
This course seeks to cultivate and then encourage the utilization of a sociological lens to examine our urban societies, our communities and our schools.

CEDF 654: Education and Urban Development. 3 credits
Explores the social context of urban education, the development and expansion of concentrated poverty in central city schools, and the research on the relationship between poverty and educational performance. Students study coordinated services for children and families and models for institutional collaboration.

CHED 600: Administration and Governance of Higher Education

This course explores models of governance in higher education, their relative efficiency and the factors that might explain their adoption by particular institutions. The course will provide an overview of some of the demographic, social, legal, financial and planning issues and forces, and examine how they affect the way colleges and universities are governed. Academic and Administrative Unit governance within higher education will be explored, as well as the policy implications as it relates to the college governance.

 CHED 610: History of American Higher Education

This course introduces students to the major historical events in the system of American higher education, including the customs, values and traditions that affect students, faculty, administrators and other stakeholders. In addition, the course examines the philosophical mission and purpose of American colleges and universities, and emerging trends and practices that help to shape and define institutional issues and policies, and other distinctive features.

CHED 620: Community College Leadership and Practice
The course explores the structure, theory and governance of community colleges and its relationship to four-year colleges and universities. Students will have the opportunity to diagnose organizational needs, identify challenges, and produce effective solutions by creating a community service project or program on paper

CHED 630: Strategic Planning
This course introduces students to the concept of systemic institutional reform and the challenges facing educational change initiatives. It, also, considers methods and issues of planning macro and long-range interventions.

CHED 640: College Teaching and Learning
In this course, students will engage in a variety of assignments, both individually and as a group, to systematically plan for a university course which effectively and efficiently enhances student learning and meaningful engagement. Students will review student learning theories and styles, and how to teach a diversity of learners.
CHED 650: Student Affairs and Academic Services
In this course, students will examine the purpose, organization, roles, and functions of student affairs and its relationship to the academic community. Students will explore the historical and philosophical influences and organizational structures that have guided the evolution of higher education and the student affairs profession. The methods by which institutions of higher education admit, register, enroll and manage students through their matriculation to graduation will be discussed. Students also explore the support services provided to assist students through their matriculation and assess the effectiveness of a host of support services for academically diverse students. The course will focus both on practitioner skills and research strategies.

CHED 660: Human Resources Administration
Studies principles and practices needed in recruitment, evaluation, retention, promotion and removal of personnel and maintenance of staff personnel programs. Other key oversight work functions include workforce development, benefits and compensation, and employee relations are reviewed and analyzed. This course looks into the challenge of workplace and workforce diversity as well as best practices and future trends in human resource administration within higher education.

CHED 670: Higher Education Finance
This course provides an analysis of pervasive finance-based equity issues facing higher educational institutions particularly HBCUs and provides an in-depth consideration of economic and financial challenges of ensuring equity for all students.

CHED 680: Social Justice and Diversity in Higher Education
This course prepares students to examine the social fabric of the higher education system through the lens of social justice, diversity and equity. The focus rests on the role and responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities of higher education administrators for creating and sustaining a truly inclusive campus community of learners.

CHED 690: Program Assessment and Evaluation
This course evaluates organizational units and instructional programs in higher education through application of social systems model of organization and assessment instruments.
CHED 699: Research Methods in Organizations
This course examines methods of researching problems in organizations and develops instruments for measurement of variables in educational organizations.
CHED 700: Organizational Leadership and Theory
The course examines the relationship of environment, institutional culture and organizational goals. Students will be able to use leadership and systems theories as tools to analyze organizational behavior and the relationship of organizational behavior to faculty productivity and student achievement
CHED 710: Managing Political Conflict in Higher Education
In the course, students will examine political challenges and discuss alternative solutions of the many competing political web of interest groups at national, state, local, and institutional levels and the resulting implications for primary stakeholders, such as faculty, students, administrators, donors/investors, and employers in higher education.
CHED 720: Higher Education Policy Development and Analysis
This course critically examines the development of the most important federal and state policies, legislation and practices impacting public and private colleges and universities in the United States.
CHED 730: International Higher Education
This course explores the internationalization and globalization of higher education from a comparative perspective. Topics include the role and dynamics of higher education globally, and the similarities and differences in development access, finance, admission, structure, curriculum, student affairs and academic services internationally.

CHED 740: Leading Change to Development & Empower Communities
In the seminar, students will explore how American colleges and universities have developed and maintained many types of relationships with political and community collaborations, both private and public, and how each present numerous opportunities and challenges to develop and empower communities. In this course, students will examine the socio-political history, purpose, and complexity of these partnerships, to develop
CHED 750: Law and Ethics in Higher Education
This course examines the legal and ethical principles that guide the administration of higher education, including but not limited to the social, political, economic, and educational environments in which colleges and universities function. The focus will be on the historical, contemporary, and emerging legal and ethical issues directly impacting administrators, faculty, staff, and students in American colleges and universities. Students will study in higher education; special attention will be given to understanding constitutional, statutory, and contract law with application to issues including, but not limited to institutional and personal liability, torts, academic freedom, FERPA regulations, dispute resolution, discrimination, employment issues, the ADA, and freedom of expression, torts, and access (including Title IX).
CHED 760: Principles of College Student Recruitment and Retention
This course will examine best practice for recruitment and retention of college students, including those students at risk. Topics include recruitment and retention practices, support programs for first-generation college students, and students with disabilities, proactive advising methods as intervention strategies, transition services, and community outreach. Students will be responsible for identifying strategies employed by community colleges to recruit, retain and sustain students in the academic setting, such as summer bridge programs, first-year seminars, and early warning programs.
CHED 770: Faculty Issues in American Colleges and Universities
This course examines the roles of college and university faculty, including how their work may differ based on the type of institution in which they work, how faculty roles and responsibilities have changed over time, focusing in particular on the origins and purpose of the tenure system and recent trends toward the use of non-tenure line, contract faculty in colleges and universities nationwide.
CHED 780: Student Development and Learning
In this course, students will examine the development and learning theories, past and present, which help to increase our awareness of the growing and changing nature of college students. Students will explore how these theories can help predict student behaviors and attitudes of students, in an effort to better address student needs and encourage student success. Student will be taught to deconstruct these models and epistemologies, in an effort to gain clarity “of the how and why” institutions do what we do, and why the changing student demographics demand a closer look. In addition, the roles and responsibilities of faculty and other student support professionals will be emphasized, and major issues will be explored, while students develop strategies, based on their new perspectives, to address them.
CHED 790: Quantitative Research Methods
This course will guide students through basic quantitative research skills needed to define problems in terms of variables to be measured, and the utilization of quantitative designs to collect and analyze and interpret data on the selected variables.
CHED 795: Qualitative Research
The purpose of this course is to provide a practical introduction to qualitative research and its application in education and social sciences. Students completing this course should have an understanding of the basic philosophical assumptions of qualitative research, key differences between qualitative and quantitative research, and how these assumptions influence research questions, data collection, data analysis, verification, and the use of theory and literature. In addition, within a qualitative framework, students will learn about five approaches of qualitative inquiry: narrative, case study, ethnography, grounded theory, and phenomenology. The course also will address ethical issues related to conducting qualitative research studies, the role of researcher, and strategies for reporting and evaluating qualitative findings.