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Course Descriptions

 
EDUL 634 Leadership Assessment   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program.
The students will participate in a multi-day leadership style assessment program. Areas of strengths and areas to address will be identified during the assessment and written feedback provided to the student. The student will use the information when addressing program portfolio related components.

EDUL 635 The Principalship I: Leadership   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program.
Students will gain and understanding of leadership theory and its application to the principalship. Participants in this course will also examine the relationship between leadership and learning the value of learning communities, decision processing and decision making, and systematic planning. Site based-related activities will be included in this course.

EDUL 636 The Principalship II: Organizational Management  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program.
Students will focus on building level organizational related issues at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Topics addressed include staffing patterns, academic and non-academic schedule development, school budgets, facility management, the principal’s role in staff development, curriculum development and instructional improvement, and technology applications related to the principalship. Site based-related activities will be included in this course.

EDUL 637 Politics of Education and Community-School Relations  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program.
Students will gain an understanding of the formal and informal political forces that are present in school administration as well as the role that internal and external publics play at the building and district levels. Students will gain an understanding of the development and analysis of public relations programs and will examine successful public relations program models. Site based-related activities will be included in this course.

EDUL 638 Legal Aspects of Education   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program.
Students will gain an understanding of the legal aspects of Education with a focus on administration related applications. Knowledge will be acquired in the areas of Education and the legal system, employee rights and obligations, students rights and discipline, tort liability, and public-private school related legal issues.

EDUL 639 Human Resources Development   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program
Students enrolled in this course will gain an understanding of school district level human resource programs and how they apply to the building level. Topics included in this course include employee recruitment, selection, and termination,  personnel evaluation and supervision, special students and special services. Additionally, models of staff development will be addressed in this course as well as in courses EDUL 636 and 640. Site based-related activities will be included in this course.

EDUL 640 Curriculum Development and Instructional Improvement  (3 credit)s
Prerequisite: Admission to a Viterbo Educational Leadership Program
The focus of this course is to address state level, school district level, and building level and classroom related curriculum issues. The students will examine curriculum theories and will participate in curriculum design, planning and evaluation related activities. Assessing academic achievement, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and using the assessments for the purpose of instructional improvement will be addressed. Finally, staff development and its relationship to curriculum development and instructional improvement will be a focus of this course. Site based-related activities will be included in this course.

EDUL 704  Collaborative Leadership for Learning, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to Viterbo Director of Instruction or Educational Leadership Program and EDUL 640 Curriculum Development and Instructional Improvement. The focus of this course is to address factors that affect student learning, model instructional strategies that meet different learning styles and provide multiple learning opportunities for student learning. Strategies and programs to identify and address the needs of Gifted & Talented students, supervision strategies of instruction to improve student achievement, and alternative/multiple methods of assessment. Analysis of collaborative planning by staff including lesson study. A conceptual understanding of reading & math instruction PreK-12. Coaching to provide continuous improvement along with mentoring methods will also be studied and addressed. 

EDUL 768  Director of Instruction Practicum   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to a  Viterbo Educational Leadership Program
Field-based projects addressing each of the state administrator standards will be developed, implemented, and analyzed by the student. The practicum student will have the support and guidance of a school principal and/or an appropriate administrator and a Viterbo University faculty member. Evidences will be provided in the student program portfolio and will become part of the professional development plan.

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