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ADP-Professional Education

ADP621 - Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards-Aligned System

Among the many leadership roles and responsibilities in the principalship, none is more important than educational program development, administration and evaluation. The purpose of this course is to develop the student's understanding of a standards-aligned system curriculum development process and the leadership necessary for the process, and the structure needed to provide appropriate professional development. (3 crs.)

ADP626 - Instructional Leadership and Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms

This course is designed to provide principal candidates with a framework for effective, practical use of a variety of instructional strategies. These strategies are used with teachers to improve curriculum and instruction. Through various learning experiences, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professional dispositions that will help you to lead your school. The course is designed to help you develop a foundation for leadership by understanding what differentiated instruction is, why it is appropriate for all learners, and how to serve as an instructional leader in this area. Principal candidates will explore and analyze Standards-based Instruction, Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Development, Differentiated Instruction for ALL students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Multiple Intelligences, Multiple Measure of Data to Inform Decision-Making, and Leadership for Differentiating Schools. (3 crs.)

ADP631 - School Law and Ethics

This course helps students acquire a practical working knowledge of school law. Education operates within a complex legal framework of law. Local school board policy, administrative regulations, state and federal statutes, and the constitution all impact the daily operation of our schools. Hence, every person involved in the educational process should be aware of the laws that govern his or her daily activities in order to be fair, efficient, and effective. Students completing this course should have the knowledge base necessary to make informed decisions and the research skills necessary to find additional information concerning points of law if needed. (3 crs.)

ADP641 - School Community Relations Seminar

This course is for educators who hope to become principals or teachers who wish to assume a greater leadership role in the school where they teach. The purpose of this seminar is twofold: (1) to help school administrators and leaders develop an understanding of the conditions, diversity and changes that affect school-community interaction and its impact on student achievement, and (2) to help administrators and school leaders have an understanding of the strategic planning process, board policy on community relations and research on community partnerships and then apply this information to develop a five-year plan on the importance of school and community partnerships in relation to student achievement. (3 crs.)

ADP647 - Orientation and Assessment Seminar

The Orientation and Assessment Seminar is required of all principal candidates at the beginning of their program in order to explain program philosophy and ongoing assessment activities. It provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with the program mission, philosophy, goals and competencies. "Orientation" indicates an introduction to the parameters and style of the course. "Assessment" indicates the self-assessment that transpires by the very nature of the course activities. By completing the required assignments, students come to understand the specific areas in which they are most familiar as well as those in which they need to place the most individual emphasis. Through a review of their personal values, dispositions toward leadership and actual leadership skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding of educational leadership, students will develop deeper understandings with which to guide their personal and professional development as school leaders. This process that promotes self-understanding and professional growth, within the context of educational leadership, is a focus of the Orientation and Assessment Seminar. (3 crs.)

ADP661 - Educational Leadership

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of educational administration. The course progresses from an overview of leadership and leadership style to a review of the structures and management systems that can make good educational leadership possible and, finally, focuses on leadership skills needed by administrators to be effective leaders in education today. Included are such topics as organizational culture, power in and around schools, and the resolution of conflict, motivation, and ethics and moral leadership. (3 crs.)

ADP664 - Field Project/Leadership

In this course, problem-solving activities and field projects planned cooperatively with University and school district personnel are designed in the area of education leadership or school leadership and special education. This practice-centered approach requires students to apply their knowledge, and demonstrate proficiency in those skills that contribute to effective performance as a leader. (3 crs.)

ADP670 - Internship

The internship is a leadership standards-based experience designed to put theory into practice. It is where formal coursework is applied in a field setting. It provides significant opportunities in the workplace to synthesize and apply the knowledge and to practice and develop skills identified in the program competency areas. An internship with a trained mentor is an important and highly valued part of the program. Each placement will be made in cooperation with the Administrative Program for Principals faculty, the participating school district, and the intern. The internship involves an in school year field placement with a carefully chosen and certified principal/mentor (field supervisor) in a K-12 school, who shares the Administrative Program for Principals program philosophy that the principal should function as a standards-driven change agent and facilitator of the reform process as well as a strong instructional leader. The intern is both a participant and observer under the direction of the principal who should provide the intern with as many standards based supervisory and administrative experiences as possible. The intern gains valuable work-related experience and is given the opportunity to learn how academic knowledge and skills can be applied at the worksite with real people, problems and events. (6 crs.)

ADP673 - Supervised Field Project/Research and Evaluation

Problem-solving activities and field experiences planned cooperatively with University and school district personnel are designed in the area of research and evaluation. This practice-centered approach requires students to apply their knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in those skills that contribute to effective performance as an administrator. (3 crs.)