Course Descriptions

CEDO 548 - Teaching the 21st Century Learner

(Credits: 3.00)

The world has changed exponentially in recent decades, and education must also change in order to develop students that can meet the challenges of the 21st century. In this course, participants will examine the need for a shift in education, describe and assess 21st century skills, apply the skills to their current professional setting, and make recommendations for change in order to transform learning to meet the demands of our evolving interdependent society.

CEDO 550 - Facilitating Online Learning

(Credits: 3.00)

Online teaching and learning is currently one of the fastest growing educational initiatives in the world. This course provides an overview of this phenomenon by exploring its evolution and current status. In this Web-based course, participants will actively use online tools, resources and best-practice strategies in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Course activities address the needs and interests of both K-12 students and professional development trainers. Participants will develop foundational knowledge and basic skills essential to teaching and learning in this 21st century environment.

EDU 571 - Introduction to Leadership

(Credits: 4.00)

This course analyzes how leaders operate within the needs of organizations in the 21st century. The goal is for students to examine themselves to understand core values and align these values with leadership of the organization. Specifically, students examine their own formation (what influenced me?) and values (what do I value?) in reference to their leadership within their organizational context (where am I now?) in order to construct a personal leadership position (where am I going as a leader?) that is informed by their formation and values and incorporates feedback from others about their leadership behavior.

EDU 573 - Leading Complex Systems

(Credits: 4.00)

This course prepares students to analyze an organization's effectiveness and readiness for improvement and innovations through four frames: cultural, structural, human resource, and political. Additionally students will learn to integrate their frame analysis into an integrated systems view taking into account the natural phenomena of complexity, chaos and dissonance. How has organizational theory evolved into current systems perspectives? How can I analyze my organization to determine readiness for improvement and innovation? What are the implications of understanding my organization for organizational improvement and innovation? Prerequisite: EDU 571.

EDU 575 - Leading Organizational Development

(Credits: 4.00)

Systems thinking, adaptive leadership, and understanding the change process are crucial to the achievement of healthy, productive classrooms, schools, and districts. This course will focus on developing a systems perspective, developing an understanding between addressing technical problems and solving adaptive challenges, and understanding the components of creating professional learning communities. Students will apply these understandings to their school improvement plans in order to support the achievement of quality outcomes and build organizational capacity and adaptability. Prerequisite: EDU 571, EDU 573.

EDU 588 - Data Driven Decision Making for School Improvement

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces students to the basic language and processes of data analysis in preparation for the development of a School Improvement Plan. The goals of the course are to prepare students to develop a School Improvement Plan (SIP) proposal; select a unit of study for proposal (typically a school or a part of a school such as a department); decide on a focus for school improvement within the unit of study; analyze student achievement data; and begin to formulate a plan for data collection. Students are exposed to different types of data collection methods both quantitative (with a focus on surveys and analysis of existing data) and qualitative (through a focus on case studies, interviews and focus groups).