Course Descriptions

ED 760 - The Superintendency

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the skills, knowledge, and dispositions essential to perform effectively as a 21st century school district administrator. Students will analyze and evaluate theories, strategies, and practices embraced by high-performing superintendents, with emphasis placed on the role of district leadership in effectuating change to improve schools and student achievement. The instructor draws upon the background and experiences of superintendency students, as well as current research on change and learning theories, to examine how the superintendent can maximize educational, political, and managerial leadership.

ED 770 - School Finance and Economics

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of the Wisconsin School Finance System and provide theoretical and practical knowledge to enable a superintendent to successfully fulfill leadership responsibilities regarding finance and business operations of the school district. The course specifically addresses the following ISLIC Standards:
• Standard 3 – The school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization’s operations and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
• Standard 4 – The school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with family and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
• Standard 5 – The school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity and fairness, and in an ethical manner.
• Standard 6 – The school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
• Standards 1 and 2 – “Facilitating Shared Vision” and “Sustaining Culture and Instructional Program” will be indirectly supported through development of leadership competencies addressed in the course.

The emphasis of this course is on the Wisconsin System of School Finance, the Wisconsin School Budgeting Cycle, and business and operations functions of the school district. Attention will be focused on the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to address school district financial requirements as well as political aspects by creating community understanding and support for the financial operations of the district.

ED 771 - Leadership Development Seminar

(Credits: 1.00)

During this course, students will complete a detailed portfolio that demonstrates knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective instructional practices based on the Wisconsin Teacher Standards. Students will complete an Administrative Standards Assessment and reflective analysis. Students will create a Personal Leadership Purpose statement, maintain a log of Superintendent-level Practicum Experiences and participate actively in a professional cohort network.

ED 772 - Superintendency Seminar

(Credits: 2.00)

During this course, students will complete a final portfolio that demonstrates knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the Wisconsin Administrative Standards. Students will draft a Professional Development Plan (PDP) based on the requirements of the DPI and PI 34. Students will consider their own progress in leadership development as determined by completing an Administrative Standards Inventory and considering their unique practicum experiences. They will address perceived program/personal professional gaps and address means to close them, participate in development utilization of an online School Leadership Network to advance the cohort's knowledge and skill and to remain connected after course completion. Students will create a Personal Leadership Purpose statement that will be included in their portfolio and develop a working mentor relationship with a superintendent or district-level staff person to advance knowledge, skills, and practice emphasizing those areas of perceived need.

ED 774 - Leadership Perspective of the Nature and Nurture of Learning

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is the companion seminar to ED 776 in the Learning Systems segment of the District Administrator Licensure Program. ED 774 actively engages current research and theory to promote leadership perception of behaviors that favorably influence learning in individuals and organizations. Seminar participants will construct knowledge about the nature and nurture of learning aligned to learning standards and assessments. They will also examine the role of leaders in learning systems and relationships thereof to the Wisconsin Administrator Standards. Prerequisite: Admission to District Administrator Licensure Program.

ED 776 - Leadership in Planning, Facilitating and Assessing Learning

(Credits: 2.00)

ED 776 is the companion seminar to ED 774 in the Learning Systems segment of the District Administrator Licensure program. In this course, students will learn current research and theory to advance leadership perspective of the articulation of learning standards, assessments, and practices in learning systems. Seminar participants will construct knowledge of the nature and alignment of learning, learning standards, and learning assessments. They will also examine the role of leaders in learning systems and relationships thereof to the Wisconsin Administrator Standards.