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Curriculum

The online format and flexibility of this program allows students to complete their master's degree at their own pace. Students can complete this degree program in two years by taking two courses on a part-time basis in the fall, spring, and summer sessions or as little as one year on a full-time basis.

Master’s Degree Program (36 credit hours, non-cert)

Niagara University offers the master of science degree in international educational leadership. 

This course is designed to prepare future school building and school district leaders with the knowledge of theory and research in school improvement and the analysis of school and district data for decision making. Techniques for examining data and decision making for student achievement will be reviewed. Current technology resources useful in the school improvement process or the district management process will be demonstrated. Collection and analysis of school data will be integrated into the current themes in the educational process. The action research process as it applies to school indicators of student success will also be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the development, establishment, and monitoring of educational policies in New York state. In examining these policies, the political framework in which educational policy and practice occurs is addressed. Students will be expected to read and understand recent policy documents as approved by the State Education Department and Board of Regents. In addition, written assignments will include a research paper on a specific educational issue and the preparation of a grant to solve a particular educational issue or problem.

Credit Hours: 3

A leaders deal with the issue of effecting dynamic change, they will need to consider four strategies: 1) training and support for staff; 2) realigning formal roles and relationships; 3) establishing collaborative cultures; and 4) providing transition rituals. Addressing these strategies is the focus of the course.

Credit Hours: 3

Superintendents function in a challenging environment. With school closings, instructional changes, state standards, safety concerns, budget gaps, personnel considerations, community expectations and other issues facing them each day, they are often caught in the center of a societal debate. This course will examine the various roles and responsibilities of the school superintendent. The necessary relationships with the board of education, various community groups, school staff, students and other constituencies will be discussed and analyzed, including the 62 importance of those relationships during these times of educational changes.

Credit Hours: 3

In this course, leadership theory will be applied through the use of individual assessment instruments, i.e., analysis of video tapes, case studies, article critiques, role playing and self-assessment critiques. The importance of style of leadership and influences that effect style will be emphasized. Other major concepts will be analyzed utilizing the NU Leadership Matrix model. These concepts include the attributes and skills to facilitate the leadership process for managing a school building organization. The focus of this analysis is to help to assess the candidate’s acquisition of administrative attributes and skills in the context of school leadership.

Credit Hours: 3

The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the role of the local, state and federal government in the financing of public education. Various programs for state aid and equalization will be discussed. Students will receive instruction through class and field experiences in the following competencies: basic accounting procedures, auditing reports, and the budget, including budget calendar and the actual steps in building a budget.

Credit Hours: 3

The course is designed to assist students in an understanding of the operation, financing, and reporting procedures of the following business functions: insurance, cafeteria, transportation, investments, various school accounts, purchasing, inventory, and maintenance.

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide the student with an understanding of public school law through an examination of federal and state laws affecting public and private schools in the United States

Credit Hours: 3

This is a course for administrators, principals, supervisors and those preparing for such positions. It is expected that the student will have competencies to deal extensively with major problems and issues confronting the profession such as recruitment, preparation, certification, salaries and salary schedules, collective bargaining, ethics, teacher selection, assignment and load, induction, legal provisions, inservice education, morale, legal rights, tenure and retirement of staff

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to survey the major functions and principles of instructional supervision and curriculum design. A review of current research, theory and literature in both areas will be addressed. Specific models of supervision will be reviewed in the context of district programs and planning. In addition, the course will provide a review of processes applicable to the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and educational programs.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the first half of the required internship experience for the educational leadership master’s program for school building and school district leader. The internship experiences are aligned with program standards from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Candidates will complete a minimum of 300 of the 600 internship hours required in the program, and one-half of the course required portfolio requirements. Candidates are required to participate in on-line seminars. Some required hours are embedded in course activities completed throughout the program. This course is a prerequisite for EDU 825.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: *Must have 7 courses completed prior to 824.

This course provides the second half of the required two-course sequence internship experience for the educational leadership master’s program for school building and school district leader. Candidates will complete their remaining hours towards the 600 internship hours required in the program as well as the remaining portion of the course required portfolio requirements. Candidates are required to participate in online seminars. Some required hours are embedded in course activities completed throughout the program. The internship experiences are aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: **Must have 824 completed prior to 825

Total of 12 courses = 36 credits

There are three time frames available to complete this program: