Graduate Education

Federal, state and local financing of schools, equalization of educational opportunities, sources of school revenue, school budgets, and business methods of accounting.
Examination of school-community relationships. Special emphasis on leadership roles, operational modes, communication concerning public school relations.
The course focuses on the role of program evaluation and improvement for educational programs, services, and activities. With the increased demand for variant assessments toward goals of accountability and improvement, effective program evaluation methods remain an invaluable tool for today's educators. Through study of program evaluation methodes, action research projects, and service as "observers" in a current program evaluation activiity, students will become more knowledge of best practices for program evaluation.
An examination of principles, practices, goals, and processes in education. Course discussions will include analyses of topical challenges faced by the varying stakeholders in the education system. Some emphasis will be placed on the specific challenges in the broader education field in the 21st century. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: national standards and expectations of learners, implications of budget cuts to local, state, and national education resources, changing definitions for student achievement, and school redistricting.
The course focuses on the role grant writing and prospectus finding in educational leadership. The course will examine sources of funding for educational programs including for-profit and nonprofit agencies, foundations, scholarships, and state and federal grants. Students will develop the knowledge necessary to compose submission materials for funding across multiple program and agency requirements. A particular emphasis on the application, revision, and evaluation of federal grant submissions is examined.
Remaining at the forefront of advancement in technology allows candidates to truly become assets to their schools and develop themselves as teacher leaders. This course engages candidates in current and immerging technologies in educational practices. Topics covered include the use of technology as a tool for communication, assessment, research, and classroom management. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of software including Skype, Smartphone, use of social media including Facebook and YouTube in the classroom, and formative/summative assessment through texting.