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SLE-Edu Studies

SLE701 - Administrative Theory

This course offers the participant opportunities to gain competencies in and an understanding of the application of administrative theory relating to the operations of a school district. Through inquiry into the subject of administrative theory, candidates will gain critical and creative attitudes toward humanistic and scientific principles of public school organization and administration. Along with required course activities, each participant will complete a minimum of 15 hours of field experience assignments involving leadership or organization theory and practice. The field experiences will have utility for the participant’s home school district or another school district and will be undertaken and completed in concert with the instructor’s expectations. (3 crs.)

SLE702 - Constitutional Law: Legal Issues

American public education operates within a complex framework of law. Federal and state constitutional provisions and statutes, along with administrative regulations and local school board policies, control the daily operation of our schools. It is imperative that all who are employed by school districts, particularly central office administrators, are conversant with this myriad of legal mandates and constraints so that they can operate effectively and efficiently and avoid time-consuming litigation and grievances. The purpose of this course is to familiarize aspiring superintendents with the legal bases for the administration of public schools. It is hoped that by the conclusion of this course, students will possess the knowledge base and research skills necessary to make intelligent and informed educational decisions. In this course, emphasis will be placed on Pennsylvania school law. (3 crs.)

SLE703 - School Finance

This course provides students with the fundamentals of public school finance. It will review issues that confront superintendents and school districts, and provide insights into resolving finance problems. Students will read, research, problem solve and explore financial issues. (3 crs.)

SLE704 - Technology and Facilities Development

The course will offer the student an opportunity to view, understand and execute the planning, acquisition and management of technology and school facilities. The course emphasizes the use of technology for effective school management and instruction, promoting an educational environment that encourages change but also focuses on linking technology with students, and effectively analyzing and operating the management of the school organization as it relates to technology and facilities development. Topics such as reform, empowering students with technology, productivity and technology windows of the future and school facilities for the 21st century will be included. Participants will be required to demonstrate competencies regarding an understanding of the superintendent's role in the following areas: planning for immediate and future facilities; efficiently managing technology and facilities; acquiring technology and facilities; and planning for immediate and future technology needs. (3 crs.)

SLE705 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Supervision

This course offers the participant the opportunity to gain an understanding of and skills related to the district-level administration of curriculum, instruction, leadership and supervision. The course emphasis is on current practice in the field, state level requirements and national trends that are shifting theory and practice in their regard. (3 crs.)

SLE706 - School Community Public Relations Marketing

The objective of the course is to provide students the opportunity to view school public relations and marketing from the point of view of the school superintendent, through practical, real-life experiences. To become an effective school superintendent or assistant superintendent requires that an administrator be an effective communicator and develop positive community relations. It requires networking, knowledge, the ability to market your “product" and the ability to establish credibility within and outside the school community. One must be able to make decisions, sometimes quickly, and then be accountable for those decisions. This 15-week course will enable students to learn the theory and practical application of school and community relations. (3 crs.)

SLE707 - Strategic Planning/Policy Analysis/Board Relations

This course is designed for aspiring school superintendents. Specifically, the course addresses strategic planning and thinking, policy development and analysis, and the value of the relationship between the superintendent and the school board, specifically the board president. The focus is reality-based and draws from experienced instructors. The goal is to prepare aspiring superintendents for the duties and responsibilities they will encounter in the above-mentioned areas, mindful of the fact that the key role of the school superintendent is to ensure a quality education for all students of the district. (3 crs.)

SLE708 - Internship

The internship is designed to be a theory-into-practice experience 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. Internships with trained mentors in diverse settings is an important and highly valued part of the program. Each placement will be made in cooperation with the SLE faculty, the participating school district mentor, and the intern. The internship involves field placement with a carefully chosen and trained superintendent/mentor (field supervisor) in a K-12 school district, who shares the SLE program philosophy that the superintendent should function as a 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 superintendent, who should provide the intern with as many 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. (3 crs.)