Course Descriptions

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 will 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. Students also will begin to assess who they are within the organization and how to work with others to achieve goals and support their organization's mission.

EDU 573 - Leading Complex Systems

(Credits: 4.00)

This course prepares students to analyze an organization’s effectiveness related to its ability to achieve its mission, as well as its readiness for improvement and innovation 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 Beyond Organizational Improvement

(Credits: 4.00)

For today’s leaders, a working knowledge of complex adaptive systems, systems thinking, adaptive leadership, and understanding the change process are crucial to the attainment of healthy and productive organizations that are capable of both improvement and innovation. As a result, this course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of what it takes to lead for improvement and innovation. Concepts such as: working on the adaptive edge, addressing technical problems and solving adaptive challenges, and understand the components of creating high levels of organizational learning will be some of the concepts addressed in this course. Students will apply these understandings to issues related to enhancing the achievement of the organizational mission, as well as building organizational capacity and adaptability in their organizations.
The key question to be addressed in this course:
What overarching strategy will need to be developed and used to ensure that your organization operates from a consistent core purpose, while at the same time responding and adapting to shifts in the external environment? Prerequisite: EDU 571, EDU 573.

EDU 576 - Leadership in Planning, Facilitating and Assessing Learning

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on the relationship among curriculum, instruction, assessment, and learning. The course emphasizes demonstrating competency in the Wisconsin teaching and administrative standards by connecting administrative standards to instructional leadership as a principal and director of instruction. Through synthesis of research on historical and emerging curriculum theories, the students will achieve an understanding of academic content standards, curriculum resources, instructional methods, and balanced assessment models. Students will reflectively create and evaluate instructional models and professional development plans. Students will construct written materials, visual representations and presentations focused on improvement, innovation, and student performance. Effective practices in the planning, facilitating and assessing of learning will be identified, and students will develop an improvement plan for their practicum site.

EDU 580 - Developing, Supervising and Evaluating Staff

(Credits: 4.00)

This course will present the processes for effective formative and summative supervision of new and experienced staff. In this context, a variety of professional models will be described to help improve teaching and learning. In addition, this course focuses on human needs within the learning organizations related to adult learning, motivation and trust. The skills of conflict resolution and effective communication will be explored along with processes for mentoring, coaching, and developing a continuous improvement model. Aspects of employee discipline and Plans of Improvement will be studied. Simulated experiences will allow class participants to develop and practice their skills and knowledge throughout the course.

EDU 586 - Analysis of System Leadership

(Credits: 2.00)

This course focuses on the analysis and synthesis of professional knowledge about leadership. Participants will submit their Leadership Platform through analyzing their value positions aligning leadership responsibilities with the administrative standards. Students will complete a culminating leadership portfolio. Finally, students will give a performance presentation defending the MEL Course Outcomes synthesizing their learning from their course work and independent research project in this final MEL course.

EDU 588 - Leading in a Culture of Continuous Improvement

(Credits: 2.00)

This course introduces students to the basic language and processes of data analysis in preparation for the development of an organizational plan (OEP). The goals of the course are to prepare students to begin developing an OEP, decide on a focus for school improvement within a unit of study, analyze student achievement data, and begin to formulate a plan for data collection. Students will be exposed to different types of data collection methods both quantitative and qualitative.

EDU 606 - Research Strand I

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is the first of a series of three courses involving in-depth guided research in a leadership/education area of the student’s choosing. In this course, students will engage in research and application of research to practice and the development of leadership, learning and service.

EDU 607 - Research Strand II

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is the second of a series of three courses involving in-depth guided research in a leadership/education area of the student’s choosing. In this course, students will engage in research and application of research to practice and the development of leadership, learning and service.

EDU 608 - Research Strand III

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is the third of a series of three courses involving in-depth guided research in a leadership/education area of the student’s choosing. In this course, students will engage in research and application of research to practice and the development of leadership, learning and service.