Educational Administration (M.S.A.)
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The M.S.A. in educational administration prepares our students for administrative and instructional leadership positions in educational settings. The program reflects the contemporary emphasis on promoting high student achievement through data analysis, instructional planning, consensus building and problem-solving. Our students thus learn to use assessments to facilitate instructional planning and to assist teachers in their improvement of instructional techniques through professional development.
This cohort program, meeting one weekend a month for 20 months, is approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (O.S.S.E.) and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Our coursework prepares students to take the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (S.L.L.A.), a requirement for all new school principals in both D.C. and Maryland, and it also allows students to fulfill the requirements for the Administrative Services Credential in D.C.
Featured CoursesEDAD 601 Leadership, Management, and SupervisionFocuses on theories of leadership and supervision and how these theories impact on effective school administration and effective teacher supervision. Emphasizes the human dynamic as it affects the organization and administration of a school. Students examine current theories of leadership, motivation, management, performance appraisal, and evaluation, and they apply these theories to current school issues. Students develop a personal philosophy of leadership and supervision. Formerly ADM 610
3 credits EDAD 604 Staff and Group DevelopmentProvides students with opportunities to employ strategies and skills to assist in the design of a personal development plan. Students will be able to articulate the role of professional development, professional learning communities and collaborative instructional planning in effective schools. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the dynamics related to instructional leadership in a school environment.
3 credits EDAD 605 Curriculum and Program DevelopmentReviews historical and current approaches to curriculum development and implementation. Topics include competency-based learning, authentic assessment, curriculum design, and program evaluation. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be effective instructional leaders.
3 credits EDAD 607 Cultural DiversityExamines the effects of diversity and multiculturalism on society. International and economic issues are explored to help students broaden their knowledge of the complexities and interdependence of contemporary schools. Students study cross-cultural communications while developing the skills to accommodate specific needs that arise in culturally diverse environments.
3 credits EDAD 633 Financial and Resource ManagementPrepares students to manage the monetary funds and resources necessary to create and maintain a successful learning environment. Students will gain a working knowledge of school finances - from day-to-day accounting procedures to the principles behind state-aid formulas. Students will also explore issues in school facilities management, insurance and risk management, and human resources management.
3 credits EDAD 634 Legal and Ethical Issues in School AdministrationIdentifies the legal and ethical issues related to the operation of a school. Students will examine legal issues in the relationship between schools and students, parents, staff and the larger community with a particular focus on federal and state laws and court decisions. Students will also explore ethical concepts and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to resolve the ethical dilemmas the will encounter as school administrators.
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