Educational Leadership

2006-2007 Graduate Catalog


Admission
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Requirements
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Department Chairperson: Robert F. Hall
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Robert F. Hall
Department Office: Horrabin Hall 81
Department Telephone: 309/298-1070
Fax:309/298-2080
Department E-mail: miedad@wiu.edu
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/edadmin
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities


Graduate Faculty

Associate Graduate Faculty


Program Description

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a comprehensive graduate academic program in educational leadership within which a student may earn a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, and/or an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.). The master's program concentrates on the general background and skills needed for entry into positions of educational leadership. Sequences at the education specialist level expand this base and add elements that contribute to continued professional growth and those required, specifically, to qualify for the position of superintendent of schools. The doctorate program develops instructional leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed the No Child Left Behind annual progress requirements. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals to explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face. Although three graduate degrees are offered, all programs of specialization are designed as interrelated activities.


Administrative Certification

Persons seeking Illinois Type 75 administrative certification through Western Illinois University must have a master’s degree or complete the master's degree in Educational Leadership. The certification program includes the following 36 semester hours of course work, EDL 555 (Internship), and have a minimum of two years of full-time teaching experience.

EDL 500 Leadership Development and Self-Assessment (3)
EDL 505 School Improvement and Organizational Development (3)
EDL 511 Educational Planning (3)
EDL 514 School Finance (3)
EDL 517 Fundamentals of Education Law (3)
EDL 518 Administrative Applications of Educational Technology (3)
EDL 519 School-Community Relations (3)
EDL 522 Management of School Personnel (3)
EDL 538 Principal as Instructional Leader (3)
EDL 539 Leadership for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDL 560 Supervision of Instruction (3)
EDL 571 Site-Based Curriculum Planning (3)

Superintendent's Certification - Ed. S. degree

Persons seeking Type 75S superintendent's certification through Western Illinois University must complete the Education Specialist degree program including the following 36 semester hours of course work, EDL 655 (Internship), and have a minimum of two years of administrative experience requiring a Type 75 Administrative Certificate or its equivalent.

EDL 600 Organizational Leadership (3)
EDL 617 Legal Aspects of Education Governance (3)
EDL 620 Superintendent and Educational Governance (3)
EDL 622 Management of Administrative Personnel (3)
EDL 623 Collective Bargaining (3)
EDL 627 School Business Management (3)
EDL 635 Educational Facilities (3)
EDL 640 The Educational Executive (3)
EDL 660 Instructional Leadership (3)
EDL 671 Curriculum Theory (3)
EDL 681 Research in Educational Administration (3)
EIS 607 Implications of Diversity for Educational Leaders (3)


Admission Requirements

Master’s and Specialist degrees

Admission to candidacy in the department is contingent upon unqualified admission to the School of Graduate Studies. By the time nine semester hours of educational leadership program course work at WIU have been completed, a candidate must have fulfilled all School of Graduate Studies and department admission requirements. The final decision on admission to candidacy is made by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Evaluation for admission to candidacy to the Master of Science program or Type 75 Certificate program is based upon assessment of applicant's a) personal references; b) on-site written essay; c) grade point average requirements (information available through the department upon request); d) transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work; e) interview; f) official Graduate Degree Plan approved by the department; and g) successful completion of EDL 500 and 505 with grades of "B" or better.

Evaluation for admission to candidacy in the Education Specialist or Type 75S Certificate is based upon a) a master's degree in Educational Administration/Leadership from an accredited university; b) recommendation by a sitting superintendent; c) transcript of all graduate work; d) official Graduate Degree Plan approved by the department; e) completed application form; and f) successful completion of EDL 600 and 640 with grades of "B" or better.

International students must have an overall TOEFL score of at least 231 (575 paper score) with a listening comprehension score of 23 (58 paper score).

Admission and retention of students and the structure of their degree plans are under the direct supervision of the assigned faculty program adviser, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Departmental Graduate Committee. The graduate committee, through the faculty program adviser, investigates candidates and evaluates their professional experience, scholastic aptitude, and personal/professional characteristics that may bear upon their educational leadership potential.

Doctorate degree

Applicants for admission to the Doctorate of Education degree program in Educational Leadership must hold both a master’s degree and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership (or their equivalents) from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. Students must have, or be eligible for, superintendent certification.

All students will be school district administrators (principals, assistant principals, curriculum directors, assistant superintendents, or superintendents). Each applicant will provide evidence to the screening committee of continuous professional growth and development, as well as, evidence of contributions made to the research base, to the growth of others, or to the improvement of student achievement.

Applicants should apply for admission to the doctorate program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies . Applications for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must be made upon forms obtained on-line at www.wiu.edu/grad. Departmental admission forms should be obtained directly from the Department of Educational Leadership or on-line at www.wiu.edu/edl/eddad.html.

Applicants should request official transcripts (one copy of each) documenting bachelor’s degree and all graduate level coursework attempted be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from the credit-granting institution.


Degree Requirements

The master's degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 38 semester hours. The education specialist degree requires a minimum of 35 semester hours beyond an acceptable master's degree. The doctoral degree requires 43 semester hours beyond an acceptable Education Specialist degree. Study programs will require additional hours if administrative certification is sought beyond the degree. Further, at the education specialist and doctorate levels, course work in excess of minimums may be necessary to eliminate deficiencies or meet prerequisite requirements.

I. Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.ED.) degree in educational leadership requires a minimum of 38 semester hours (27 or more in educational leadership from Western Illinois University) to be selected in consultation with the student's adviser if approved by the Graduate Committee. The student may earn certification in K-12 administration (Type 75) after completing the degree program.

Courses required of all M.S. Ed. degree candidates:

TOTAL PROGRAM: 38 s.h.

II. Education Specialist

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in educational leadership requires a minimum of 35 semester hours to be selected in consultation with the student's adviser if approved by the Graduate Committee. The student may earn certification in K-12 administration (Type 75S) after completing the degree program.

Courses required of all Ed.S. degree candidates:

TOTAL PROGRAM: 35 s.h.

III. Doctorate

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership requires a minimum of 43 semester hours.

Courses required of all Ed.D. degree candidates:

TOTAL PROGRAM: 43 s.h.

Transfer of Credit: With the approval of a student's faculty program adviser, a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit (grade of B or better and less than 6 years old) may be transferred from an accredited institution and included in the student's degree plan.

Study programs may be selected which meet the academic requirements for a degree and certification for administrative positions such as subject or area supervisor, secondary department chairperson, educational media specialist, elementary school principal, secondary school principal, special education administrator, director of counseling and guidance, supervisor/director of reading, curriculum director, personnel administrator, school business manager, and superintendent of schools. In addition, programs which do not lead to certification may be arranged which combine course work in educational leadership and another field of special interest to the student.

Administrative Certification: Students enrolled in the program who wish to qualify for administrative certification will be advised of specific requirements and study plans will be developed accordingly. Currently, the University provides certification in three administrative areas: a) principal, b) chief school business official, and c) superintendent of schools. Students interested in certification should discuss this with their faculty program adviser, the coordinator of the department graduate program, or the department chairperson and must complete the program within 6 years of the beginning date or revalidation of courses will be necessary. Courses older than 8 years must be retaken.

Research Competency: Degree candidates are required to demonstrate competence in educational research at the Ed.S. level. This requires the completion of a course in research methods.

Program Planning: A member of the department faculty is appointed as the program adviser for each student upon admission to the program. Each student must complete an approved program. A graduate study plan is designed by the student in conference with the program adviser.

Once study has begun and admission to the department is approved, degree candidates will also prepare the official Degree Plan which must be approved by the department and the School of Graduate Studies .

Program guidelines and other planning materials are available from the department office.

Dissertation Preparation: Guidelines and requirements for preparation of the dissertation are available in the department or the School of Graduate Studies .


Course Descriptions


Educational Leadership

500 Leadership Development and Self-Assessment. (3) Students will participate in a variety of self-assessment activities, simulations, and group discussions designed to provide information about and insight into effective leadership in schools.

505 School Improvement and Organizational Development. (3) Students will study school organization, the correlates of effective schools, and develop leadership skills which can cause meaningful change in education. Students will complete a self-assessment of their school, develop a school improvement plan, and participate in case studies, in-basket exercises, and simulations. Prerequisite: EDL 500 or permission of the instructor.

511 Educational Planning. (3) Purposes and processes of planning comprehensive school programs and short-range, individual projects. A variety of planning modes and analytical tools is considered, along with examples of their applicability for educational planning and problem solving. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDAD 505, or permission of the instructor.

514 School Finance. (3) Students will develop skills in site-based budgeting and fiscal management of building budgets. While the course will review traditional sources of funding for schools (local, state, and federal) and nontraditional sources such as foundations and school/community partnerships, the major emphasis will be on budget administration and facility management. Students will complete simulations and case studies on budget/facility issues. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

517 Fundamentals of Education Law. (3) Legal context within which the public elementary and secondary schools operate. Rights and responsibilities of teachers and administrators and student rights and restrictions. General principles of school law are supplemented with pertinent provisions of the Illinois statutes and rulings in case law. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

518 Administrative Applications of Education Technology. (3) Educational applications of available and developing technology. Utilization of the microcomputer in administration and supervision is emphasized. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

519 School-Community Relations. (3) Principles and practices of effective school public relations programs, development of mutual school and community understanding, public participation in planning school programs and services, cooperative activities with appropriate community groups and the relationship of school administrators and staffs with the public. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

522 Management of School Personnel. (3) Administration of professional and support personnel in local schools and school districts. Emphasis is given to needs assessment, personnel planning, recruiting, orienting, inducting, assigning, appraising, and compensating school employees. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

538 Principal as Instructional Leader. (3) Emphasis is on enabling leaders to generate the tools to assist teachers in improving instruction. Topics include school wide discipline plans, certification requirements, conferencing skills, and communication skills. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, 20 semester hours of graduate course work in Educational Leadership, including EDL 560.

539 Leadership for Students with Special Needs. (3) Students will participate in local research activities, group discussions, and role playing situations designed to provide information about the various students with special needs in school districts, the programs and services available to these students, and the building level administrative/management programs that negatively/ positively impact the students. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, EDL 500 and EDL 505, or permission of the instructor.

546 Administration of Adult Education. (3) Principles and techniques of organizing and administering both short- and long-term educational programs, courses, and activities for adults. Financing and publicizing programs are emphasized.

555 Internship. (2, repeatable to 4) Clinical field experience in the student's major area(s) of specialization under the supervision of a local school or school district administrator and a department faculty member. The internship requires a minimum of 75 clock hours of planned activity for each semester hour of credit. Students must file an internship application with the department by the fall deadline of September 15 for placement in the spring semester, and February 15 for placement in the fall semester. EDL 555 is required for all candidates for the supervisory, administrative, or chief school business official endorsement to the administrative certificate. Prerequisites: Admitted to the program, completion of an approved internship application by the specified deadline, EDL 538 with a grade of B or better, 23 semester hours of graduate course work in Educational Leadership and permission of the Department Graduate Committee.

557 Special Problems in Educational Leadership. (1-5, repeatable) Students are provided opportunities to apply a problem‑solving approach to the solution of specific educational problems applicable to the school setting. Degree candidates may receive credit toward program requirements only with the permission of their faculty program advisers.

558 Special Studies in Educational Leadership. (1-4, repeatable) Students are provided opportunities to apply a problem-solving approach to the solution of educational problems applicable to administration in the school setting. Degree candidates may not receive credit toward program requirements. Graded S/U.

560 Supervision of Instruction. (3) Supervisory function in the elementary and secondary schools as it relates to the administrator's role in the evaluation and improvement of classroom instruction. Prerequisites: Admitted to program; 15 semester hours of graduate course work in the Educational Leadership program; including EDL 500, EDL 505, EDL 517; or permission of the instructor.

567 Supervision of Student Teachers. (2) Prepares teachers and administrators to supervise student teachers. Emphasis is placed on the objectives and functions of student teaching, techniques for observing and evaluating the teaching act, establishing a climate for the student teacher which encourages originality and experimentation, unit and lesson planning, conferencing techniques, and preparing written evaluations of student teacher performance.

571 Site Based Curriculum Planning. (3) Components of curriculum design and change; nature and function of schooling; assessment of needs; goals, objectives, and performance criteria; curriculum evaluation; and the politics of curriculum change. These elements are applied to both curriculum content and organization. Past, current, and emerging issues are examined. Prerequisites: EDL 500 and 505, or permission of the instructor.

599 Independent Study. (1-6, repeatable) Investigation of a specific topic related to the student's major interest or area of study. A substantial written report or project is required. Reserved for students working at the master's level. Students enrolling in independent study should contact the department for special guidelines and instructions. Degree and certification candidates may receive credit toward program requirements to a maximum of six semester hours with the permission of their faculty program advisers. Prerequisites: Completion of contract and permission of the instructor.


Alternative Certification Initiative

601 The Superintendency: Facilitating a Vision of Educational Excellence. (1-6) The school superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of educational excellence that is shared and supported by the school community. Graded S/U. Not to be used for degree purposes. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of the Assessment Center, possession of an M.S. in a management field or a bachelor's degree and the documented life experience equivalent of a master's degree in a management field, have been employed for at least five years in a management level position, satisfactory completion of the Basic Skills component of the Illinois State Certification Test and admission into the graduate school.

602 The Superintendency: Developing a Learning Environment and Instructional Program. (1-6) The school superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating and nurturing a constantly improving learning environment and an instructional program based upon educationally sound principles of curriculum development, learning and teaching theory, and professional development. Graded S/U. Not to be used for degree purposes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ACI 601 or demonstrated achievement of the outcomes contained in ACI 601.

603 The Superintendency: Managing the Organization. (1-6) The School superintendent is an educuational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. Graded S/U. Not to be used for degree purposes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ACI 602 or demonstrated achievement of the outcomes contained in ACI 602.

604 The Superintendency: Knowing and Understanding the Laws, Regulations and Professional Ethics. (1-6) The school superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding an applying knowledge of laws, regulations, and professional ethics related to schools and children. Graded S/U. Not to be used for degree purposes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ACI 603 or demonstrated achievement of the outcomes contained in ACI 603.

605 The Superintendency: the Practicum. (6) Practicum experience under the supervision of a local school district administrator and a department faculty member, and is one year in length. ACI 605 is required for all candidates for alternative certification. Graded S/U. Not to be used for degree purposes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ACI 601, 602, 603, 604 and Phase II student evaluation/portfolio, evidence of passing score on the superintendent examination of the Illinois State Certification Test, receipt of provisional certificate and permission of ACI Director(s).


Prerequisite for the following courses is a master's degree or permission of the instructor.

600 Organizational Leadership. (3) Synthesis of the several components of the Educational Leadership Program including evolution of thought and practice in educational leadership; the instructional, political and managerial roles of the educational executive; and the ethics of educational leadership. Required for admission to candidacy.

617 Legal Aspects of Education Governance. (3) Selected problems and issues in school law. The case study method is used to examine relevant state and federal court decisions. Case law and state statutes are applied in assessing the legality of school district policies.

620 Superintendent and Educational Governance. (3) Instructional, managerial, and political roles of the chief school administrator and central office staff; school district organization and governance; relationships with federal and state governments; and the role and operation of the board of education. Prerequisites: Admitted to the program; 20 semester hours of graduate course work in Educational Leadership, including EDL 600, EDL 640, EDL 617, and EDL 627, or equivalent courses; or permission of the instructor.

622 Management of Administrative Personnel. (3) Selection, development, and appraisal of school administrators and supervisors.

623 Collective Bargaining in Education. (3) Historical development, processes, effects, and issues. Students participate in a simulated bargaining exercise which provides realistic experience in preparing for negotiations and selecting and utilizing appropriate table tactics.

627 School Business Management. (3) School district business administration policies and procedures essential to the conservation and effective utilization of funds, facilities, equipment, and personnel.

  635 Educational Facilities. (3) Education facilities should support the educational program. Participants will evaluate existing facilities for program worthiness, structural barriers, handicapped accessibility, health and life safety code compliance, AHERA compliance, and structural integrity. Emphasis will be placed on remodeling of existing facilities, with some discussion on new construction.

640 The Educational Executive. (3) Theories of organizational leadership and their relevance for, and application to, schools and school districts; structural, human resources, political and symbolic approaches to leadership and change; and the development of interpersonal competence. Prerequisite: EDL 600

655 Internship. (2, repeatable to 6) Clinical field experience in the student's major area(s) of specialization under the supervision of a local school or school district administrator and a department faculty member. The internship requires a minimum of 75 clock hours of planned activity for each semester hour of credit. Students must file an internship application with the department by the fall deadline of September 15 for placement in the spring semester, and February 15 for placement in the fall semester. EDL 655 is required for all candidates for the superintendent endorsement to the administrative certificate. Prerequisites: Admitted to program, completion of an approved internship application by the specified deadline, EDL 620 (enrollment can be concurrent with the first semester enrollment in EDL 655), 20 semester hours of graduate course work in educational leadership, and approval of his/her adviser.

660 Instructional Leadership. (3) Current images of leadership, leadership and management practices, school culture and contexts, and professional development as they apply to instructional leadership at the school and school district levels.

671 Curriculum Theory. (3) Learning‑instructional‑curriculum theories, curriculum philosophies, politics of curriculum policy, and future curriculum needs in the public elementary and secondary school.

681 Research in Educational Leadership. (3) Consideration of quantitative and qualitative procedures in reviewing and conducting educational research investigations. Students will consider the requirements of professional writing and prepare a research proposal or grant proposal.

682 Field Problem. (2-4, repeatable to 4)(2 for CSBO) Through a research project or field study students will demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter and their ability to integrate and synthesize it. Students will demonstrate their ability to generate new knowledge and/or to apply existing knowledge to specific practical situations. Students seeking certification as a chief school business officer register for two semester hours of credit. Prerequisites: EDL 681, admission to candidacy in the department, and permission of the instructor.

699 Independent Study. (1-6, repeatable) Investigation of a specific topic related to the student's major interest or area of study. A substantial written report or project is required. Reserved for students working at the education specialist level. Students enrolling in independent study should contact the Department for special guidelines and instructions. Degree and certification candidates may receive credit toward program requirements to a maximum of 6 semester hours with the permission of their faculty program advisers. Prerequisites: Completion of contract and permission of the instructor.


Prerequisite for the following courses is acceptance into the Ed.D program.

700 Seminar in Doctoral Studies. (2) The course will be an introduction to the doctoral program. This seminar will focus on the dialogue and development of a research-based perspective on effective schools. A comprehensive review of the literature and resulting paper will serve as the basis for the development of a possible research agenda and for students’ required research for EDL 715 in high performing schools. Students will also initiate the development of a standards-based developmental electronic portfolio. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EIS 701.

710 Facilitating a Vision of Excellence. (3) The focus of this course is to facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of excellence which is shared and supported by the school/community. Emphasis is placed on the superintendent’s leadership role in the school district. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDL 715. Prerequisites: Completion of EDL 700 and EIS 701.

711 Improving the Learning Environment and Instructional Program. (3) This course emphasizes the role of exemplary superintendents in advocating and nurturing a constantly improving learning environment and an instructional program based upon educationally sound principles of curriculum development, learning theory, and professional development. Corequisite: . Concurrent enrollment in EDL 715. Prerequisites: Completion of EDL 710.

712 Managing the Organization, Operations, and Resources. (3) The emphasis of this course is on managing the school organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDL 715. Prerequisite: Completion of EDL 711.

715 Research in Schools and Communities. (1, repeatable to 5) In conjunction with the three leadership courses in the program (EDL 710, 711, 712), students in the first three semester hours will be developing a case study of an effective school as denoted by the Illinois State Board of Education (Blue Ribbon Schools, Spotlight School). The focus of the study will be on the administrative practices that contribute to excellence with special attention to the development of school district mission, professional development, curriculum development, instructional practices and financial practices. The results of the student research will be incorporated into EDL 710, 711, and 712 and a final report generated. For the last two hours of EDL 715, students will be assigned to work with the administrative team of a low-performing school to determine ways to improve student achievement. While students will be completing the last two hours of EDL 715 at the same time they are enrolled in SPED 613 and IDT 756, the research will not be incorporated into the two classes. Corequisite: EDL 710, EDL 711, EDL 712, SPED 613 or IDT 756. Prerequisite: Completion of EDL 700 and EIS 701.

720 Coalition Building. (3) The emphasis of this course is on building coalitions with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDL 725. Prerequisite: Completion of SPED 613 and IDT 756.

725 Prospectus Development. (1, repeatable to 3) This course is the development of the dissertation proposal required of all students during their second year of the Ed.D. program. No grade will be issued until a satisfactory prospectus has been developed and approved by the student’s dissertation committee. Graded S/U. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EDL 720, SPED 613, or IDT 756. Prerequisites: Completion of EDL 700 and 701, and completion of first yearlong block including EDL 710, EDL 711, EDL 712, and EDL 715.

770 Comprehensive Examination in Educational Leadership. (0) The student is required to pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination, covering a specific body of knowledge inherent in the program. The Comprehensive Examination must be satisfactorily completed before admission to candidacy. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Completion of EDL 700 and 701; completion of the first yearlong block including EDL 710, 711, 712, and 715; and completion of the second yearlong block including SPED 612, IDT 756, EDL 715 and 720.

780 Electronic Portfolio. (0) An electronic portfolio will be produced in this course, which reflects the candidate’s original work and best efforts from his or her doctoral program’s coursework. The electronic portfolio must be submitted and approved before the degree will be awarded. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: completion of the first yearlong block including EDL 710, 711, 712, and 715; and completion of the second yearlong block including EDL 715 and 720, SPED 613, and IDT 756.

790 Doctoral Research and Dissertation. (3, repeatable to a minimum of 9) A significant contribution of knowledge to an educational problem or situation. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Approval of a prospectus by the dissertation committee.