Leading for Change I: Introduction to Innovative Leadership
This course provides an orientation to the Master of Science in Innovative Leadership. Focus is on the exploration of leadership as well as the process necessary to succeed in an intense graduate program. Students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on leadership while simultaneously exploring the personal skills needed to develop self-authorship in future coursework and the benefits of mentorship in leadership development.
This course focuses on the analysis of evidence for application to the students’ professional practice setting. This course will provide a foundation for students to explore the strengths and limitations of various research designs and develop critical skills essential to the interpretation and application of evidence. This course will equip the students with the skills that will be needed throughout the program as well as for the students’ capstone experience.
Leadership and Decision Making
This course will examine leadership and decision making in its organizational context. The emphasis will be on exploring the role of cognitive processes, developing problem diagnostic skills and developing an understanding of the challenges involved in implementing decisions. The course will continually emphasize the acquisition of the skills necessary to apply concepts from decision making theory to areas of professional practice.
Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics
This course will examine roles, role expectations, and social systems in the workplace. Human motivation theories, group dynamics, and strategies for building community and a shared vision will be studied. Students will learn how to connect theory and practice, identify system components for best practice, mobilize resources, apply knowledge in diverse and authentic work settings, and manage conflict. How to act with integrity and fairness to create efficient, effective, and healthy work environments will be emphasized.
This course provides an introduction to innovation. Focus is on creating organizational processes to foster creativity and innovation. Topics include idea generation, risk management associated with evaluation and implementing new ideas, and identifying and working through barriers to innovation. Students will study the role of creativity and innovation as organizational strategic core competencies.
Leading for Change II: Reflection and Transition
This seminar affords students the opportunity to develop a conceptual framework that will integrate topics that have been explored in the core classes. Students will continue the process of articulating insights that have emerged from the core courses regarding professional issues. The focus of the professional track courses of the second year of study will build upon the core foundation.
Innovation and New Leadership Roles for Teachers
This course will assist students in the critique of their assumptions, and those of other stakeholders, about the need for change and reform in education. Students will weigh the merits of various reform efforts, evaluate the reality of implementing specific reform strategies, and create a practical plan for innovative change in their practice arena.
Strengthening Professional Practice
In this course, students will examine their own practice and that of their cohort peers to analyze the skills needed to achieve school improvement efforts. Students will assess their own professional knowledge and skills in relationship to their leadership potential to impact change. A plan for strengthening areas of practice needing improvement will be developed.
Current Issues/Special Topics in Content and Pedagogy I
This course will help students identify and address practical problems encountered in a school setting. Students will reflect on their own practice and develop strategies for incorporating new research findings and instructional resources into their practice to increase Pre-K/12 students’ achievement.
The Scholarship of Teaching
The faculty-mentored seminar is designed to explore issues and reflect on the student’s role development as a teacher leader. Students will identify researchable questions, create a project proposal, and present the proposal to the cohort. Students will analyze feedback received to refine their proposal. Students may choose to explore certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards during this seminar.
Building Learning Communities
This course will focus on the skills needed to build collaborative partnerships to achieve educational goals at all levels and with all stakeholders. The ramifications of economic, social, and political relationships on the effectiveness of education will be studied.
Current Issues/Special Topics in Content and Pedagogy II
This course will allow the student to identify and address a second practical problem encountered in a school setting. A national or international learning experience may be considered for this course.
Diversity and the Art of Education
This course will explore individual and group differences that students bring to the classroom and how the needs of diverse learners can be addressed. Theories such as self-perception, motivation, and resiliency will be used to identify risk factors, discuss the dangers of stereotyping/labeling, and determine effective instructional strategies for meeting the needs of all learners.
This course will focus on developing instructional strategies to engage and motivate all learners to realize their potential. The foundation of this course is the application of instructional strategies and practices to meet the needs of all learners, including students from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, students with disabilities, students who are gifted and talented, English language learners, and students who may be at risk of not succeeding in school.
This course will examine a variety of methods for assessing student knowledge, skills and attitudes, including informal and formal measures. Students will analyze assessment data to determine classroom and district student achievement trends. This information will be used to inform instructional decisions.
Leading for Change III: Innovative Leadership Capstone
This culminating course will provide an opportunity to synthesize and apply the major concepts of the program. The student will complete a scholarly project which has been threaded throughout previous coursework. The project will demonstrate the students have met the learning outcomes of the program. Students must present their project findings through a public or professional venue.