General Coursework

YEAR 1 (General)
EDU 520 Education Law and Governance (3 credits)
EDU 521 Societal Frameworks in Education (3 credits)
EDU 522 Transformational Leadership (3 credits)
EDU 523 Continuous School Improvement (3 credits)
EDU 524 Action Research and School Improvement (3 credits)
EDU 525 Trends in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Programming (3 credits)

EDU 520: Education Law and Governance (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the Principal/Teacher Candidate with knowledge about policies, laws and regulations enacted by state, local and federal authorities that impact schools and classrooms. The Candidate will use skills to influence lawmakers and advocate for equitable learning opportunities and success for all students. The Candidate will understand that educators, business people, politicians, media, parents and the public at large attempt to influence educational policy to varying degrees. The candidate will explore varying perspectives on educational improvements and use statute, policies, research, data and ethical standards in the decision-making process. The Candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 521: Societal Frameworks in Education (3 credits)

The Principal/Teacher Candidate will understand human rights and implement guidelines that establish a school where all students, staff and community, regardless of background, are afforded equal access and opportunity to a quality education. The Candidate will understand the complexities of poverty and its influence on learning, promote the success of every student and act with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner. The Candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school/community-based experience(s).

EDU 522: Transformational Leadership (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide Principal/Teacher Candidates with knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enhance motivation, morale, and performance of staff and students. Candidates will know how to create a culture for learning, serve as a role model, inspire, develop leadership in others and help build and support an inviting school culture that meets the needs of students, the community being served and the staff. The candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 523: Continuous School Improvement (3 credits)

This course is designed to help Principal/Teacher Candidates with the knowledge and skills to lead in the development, implementation, evaluation and revision of short and long term goals that promote continuous and sustainable school improvement. Candidates will know how to collect and analyze data pertinent to the educational environment that promotes learning and leads to continuous quality improvement. There will be a focus on a systematic continuous improvement process (e.g.; Nebraska Department of Education, Advanced Ed.). The Candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 524: Action Research and School Improvement (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the action research process. Emphasis will be placed on three main areas: 1) helping candidates become good consumers of educational research, 2) providing foundational instruction and guidance in planning, conducting and reporting action research, and 3) applying professional writing skills.  This course is designed to provide Candidates with the knowledge and skills that help them identify and explore research issues related to leading, teaching and learning particularly as it relates to school improvement. The Candidate will learn the requirements/framework for the School Improvement Action Research Paper and begin collaborating with building leadership and the Midland Candidate Advocate to identify leadership needs that could substantially assist eh school with their school improvement. The candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 525: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Programming  (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide Principal/Teacher Candidates with an understanding that curriculum, instruction, assessment and programming represent a set of desired goals that are activated through a developmental process and culminate in successful learning experiences for students. The Candidate will understand that comprehensive, rigorous and coherent curriculum; instruction, assessment, and program development are essential responsibilities of a school leader. The Candidate will know how to implement district, state and federal initiatives and assure legal compliance. The Candidate will understand emerging trends in education, use best practices research, establish curriculum and instructional expectations and accountability measures, know how to lead curriculum reviews, use data to monitor student achievement and support and develop staff. The Candidate will spend a minimum of 20 clock hours in school-based experience(s).