Master of Education (MEd)-Education Leadership; Principal as Instructional Leader Certification
Education Leadership (EDLD) provides a Principal Certification Program at A&M-Texarkana offering 1) a 30-hour Master’s Degree in Education Leadership or 2) a 24-hour Principal Certification-Only program. Both programs provide students with the necessary skills to become effective school administrators within today’s educational climate. Courses are delivered fully online and emphasize quality interactions between the instructor and student via videoconferencing platform. The format for courses is tailored to meet the demands of today’s busy professional educator and graduate student. Should you have programmatic questions regarding the Master’s Degree or Principal Certification Program, please contact Dr. Trisha Gerrish Ray at Trisha.Ray@tamut.edu for assistance.
Unique Features of This Program
- Small class sizes
- Practitioner-based skills
- Program can be completed in 1 1/2 years or less
- Delivered in online synchronous classes.
1. Refer to program website.
Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.
|ED 520||Education Research Literature and Techniques 1,2||3|
|EDLD 510||Curriculum Studies||3|
|EDLD 531||Instructional Leadership||3|
|EDLD 540||Campus Strategic Operations||3|
|EDLD 567||Supervision of Instruction||3|
|EDLD 570||Texas School Law||3|
|EDLD 574||Ethics, Equity, and Diversity||3|
|EDLD 580||Data Analysis for School Improvement||3|
|EDLD 597||Special Topics in Education Leadership||3|
|EDLD 588||Principal Internship||3|
|Minimum Hours for Degree||30|
Students are eligible to substitute courses with advisor's written approval for requirements with evidence a graduate research and curriculum course has been completed successfully in previous degree.
Students with a graduate degree in an appropriate field may earn principal certification by taking these courses as well as meeting the research and curriculum course requirements. Transfer of no more than 9 SCH will be accepted and must have written approval by the advisor.
Students may qualify for a Probationary Certificate by taking any four approved EDAD courses.
Graduate Courses in Education Administration
ED 520. Education Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.
This course addresses the process and tools to locate, read, understand, and critique education research. The fundamental techniques of planning, conducting, and reporting qualitative and quantitative research will also be considered. Prerequisite: Admission into the Educator Preparation Program or instructor permission.
EDLD 510. Curriculum Studies. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to develop comprehensive understanding of modern curricular trends. The course includes historical data and current research with emphasis on aims, purposes, and outcomes of curricular changes.
EDLD 531. Instructional Leadership. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to provide both the knowledge and skills needed by an instructional leader in the application of a development system that is based upon a culture that is ethical, learner-centered, collaborative, continuously seeking to improve, and facilitates the achievement of high expectations. The goal is to attain and sustain leader behavior that assures quality student performance that enhances the probability of success through the application of a systemic approach that emphasizes the interrelationships that exist between and among the following Instructional Leadership Development components: data-driven decision making, supervision, professional development, organizational management, curriculum-instruction-assessment, evaluation, and community partnerships-communication. Prerequisite: Admitted into the Educator Preparation Program or by instructor permission.
EDLD 540. Campus Strategic Operations. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to focus on the role of the principal in the planning, development and implementation of the financial aspect of a campus including budgeting, purchasing, human resources, and business office management that most effectively and equitably meets the identified instructional needs of the building and specifically supports increased student achievement as specified in the campus improvement plan. The management component of the course will address scheduling, discipline, and facility management.
EDLD 567. Supervision of Instruction. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to focus on the role of the principal in promoting improved instruction in the classroom through the evaluation and professional development of faculty. Aspects of clinical supervision, including classroom observation, conferencing skills, and development of improvement plans through systemic staff development will be emphasized.
EDLD 570. Texas School Law. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to examine the legal framework and study the impact of any relationship between constitutional law, statutory law, administrative law, and judicial law that influence school administrators and faculty. This course involves field-based challenges emphasizing a high level of professional personnel accountability. As a result of increase in litigation throughout our global society, school leaders must be able to deal with a multitude of legal issues regarding constitutional rights, contracts, property claims, and torts, along with the impact of curriculum/instructing/assessment, plus student and employee rights in case law influencing the public schools. A primary focus will be on certification proficiencies and competencies as outlined by the State Board of Educator Certification Frameworks.
EDLD 574. Ethics, Equity, and Diversity. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to prepare students to administer special and compensatory education programs. Emphasis is on basic concepts, issues, problems, and procedures in the management of special and compensatory education. The student's evaluation of these programs will be from both the legal and ethical perspectives that guide decisions necessary to provide opportunities for all students to be successful in school.
EDLD 580. Data Analysis for School Improvement. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to focus on analyzing and interpreting campus and community data for decision making necessary to promote the success of all children. Special emphasis will be on continuous improvement of the campus through the use of analysis of demographic, perception, learning, and school process data. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research, and evaluation.
EDLD 588. Principal Internship. 3 Hours.
This course is designed as a field-based course in which the student practices acquired skills and theories in an educational setting at the middle level management position. Prerequisite: Program Coordinator's approval.
EDLD 597. Special Topics in Education Leadership. 3 Hours.
Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.
The faculty of the Education Leadership Master’s Degree and Principal Certification Program are professional educators who bring their Texas public school leadership experiences to the program. Our faculty have served as assistant principals, principals, coordinators, directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents in various school districts. Their field-based understandings combined with active research agendas make for the best possible learning opportunities as students seek to become educational leaders who will make a difference in schools, school districts, and local communities.
Rebeca Cooper, Ed.D. Rebeca.Cooper@tamut.edu
Trisha Gerrish Ray, Ed.D. Trisha.Ray@tamut.edu or 903-334-6680