EPEL 7000 Educational Leadership and Organizational Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduces the student to selected theories of educational leadership and their relationship to organizational culture; develops skills in administrative problem analysis and decision making; enables students to sharpen their skills and insights into various models and meanings of leadership practice and school change; and provides students with opportunities to examine their own practices in ways that will improve the performance of the educational organizations.

EPEL 7020 Leadership for a Diverse Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to engage students in demonstrating and understanding how the nuances of leadership have changed with regard to our increasing diversity in society as well as our schools. This course will prepare students to demonstrate as well as understand how culturally relevant leadership can be an asset for the diversity found in educational organizations.

EPEL 7330 Law, Policy, and Governance
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an overview of the legal systems and governance structure of public schools in Georgia, and the legal issues that face students, parents, and public school employees.

EPEL 7410 Instructional Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students examine supervision, assessment, instruction, and effective implementation of curriculum. The focus will be on instructional program design, curriculum alignment and design in the classroom, effective assessment of student learning. The focus of this course will be on school leaders as instructional leaders.

EPEL 7500 Human Resource Management and School Operations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to develop knowledge, dispositions, and performances in the areas of human resources and school operations with particular attention given to administrative, instructional, and support personnel in schools and school systems. Specific attention is given to strategic personnel planning, state certification, personnel appraisal and compensation, staff development, and selected areas of student personnel services; budgeting, facilities operation and management, and safe, orderly, engaging learning environments.

EPEL 7680A Practicum Seminar: Data Analysis and School Improvement Processes for School Leaders
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course is designed as a part classroom work and part field-based supervised practicum/internship in a school or district-based setting. Students learn and demonstrate proficiency in the areas of data analysis and school improvement processes (not repeatable).

EPEL 7680B Practicum Seminar: Action Research for School Leaders
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This field-based course prepares students to develop and implement action research within their schools (not repeatable).

EPEL 8000 Research in Educational Leadership and Organizational Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course offers an extended examination of the field of educational leadership through the study of organizational culture, leadership theory, decision making, and administrative processes and policies. Because school leaders oversee the development and implementation of educational programs and policies in the schools and school systems in which they work, this course emphasizes how educational research and scholarship contributes to improved performance in teaching and learning organizations.

EPEL 8020 Leadership for Change in a Diverse Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to analyze the fundamental behavioral concepts and processes of schools from a multicultural, diversity, and social justice context. Special emphasis is given to planned and evolutionary change and to the implications for leaders in diverse organizational settings. This course will focus on leadership amid the immense complexities of race and social class, institutional politics, and personal philosophy/ideology in school organizations.

EPEL 8260 Theory in Educational Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Using the theoretical literature of educational leadership, students study major theories and models from the classical, human relations, and open systems periods and apply them to current educational problems.

EPEL 8330 Advanced Law, Policy, and Governance
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to help students understand the role of law, policy, and governance from a regulatory, constitutional, statutory, and judicial perspective. Students will explore how each of these mechanisms has shaped and influenced America?s current educational landscape and the implications for school leadership.

EPEL 8420 Advanced Instructional Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course is designed to further the understanding of instructional leadership in an educational organization and will be part classroom work and part field-based supervised practicum/internship in a school or district-based setting. The focus is on approaches to supervisory practices and strategies to bring about improvement in the capacity of schools to improve student achievement by improved teaching and learning processes. The emphasis of this course will be on school leaders as instructional leaders.

EPEL 8500 Central Office Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed as an advanced course for individuals who aspire to leadership positions at the building and/or central office level of administration. The concepts that are included in the course content, and the theoretical bases from which the concepts have been developed, are appropriate to all areas of central office leadership.

EPEL 8620 Psychological Aspects of Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students learn through a participatory small group experience. Major topics are leadership style, conflict resolution, use of power, planned change, and decision making.

EPEL 8650 The Principal
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Students investigate the role of the principal from an instructional leadership perspective. His or her role as a catalyst for bringing about new curricula, techniques, organization, and administrative practices is studied. Special attention is given to leadership, instructional programs, management of school operations, evaluation of personnel, student affairs, and auxiliary services. Skill development is emphasized in problem analysis, judgement, decisiveness, and organizational ability.

EPEL 8690 Research-Based Decision Making for School Leaders
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to prepare leaders to be effective consumers of research in education and to help others use various methods of inquiry to better understand their contexts and implement positive changes within those contexts.

EPEL 8930 Applied Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course is the study and exploration of issues in educational administration. It focuses on problem identification, analysis, and problem solving approaches.

EPEL 8970 Seminar in Educational Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course is the study and exploration of issues in educational administration. It focuses on problem identification, analysis, and problem solving approaches. (Repeatable).

EPEL 9000 Concepts of Leadership and Research in Educational Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course
Description

Doctoral students are provided experiences designed to assist them to gain skill in accessing and using the full range of literature in educational leadership research.

EPEL 9970 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course
Description

This doctoral seminar promotes study and exploration of issues in educational leadership. Focuses on problem solving approaches.