Educational Policy and Administration Course Descriptions
EDU 603 Statistical Analysis in Education
This course is the reinforcement of basic managerial math in the conduct of education, to include some statistical analysis, research methodology, mathematics for education, and elementary calculus. Emphasis is placed on practical applications and tools as well as analytical inquiry of the results. Students will sharpen their skills and insights required to make effective use of statistical methods. The module provides the knowledge needed to select and apply techniques and to communicate statistical results. Interpretation of statistical methods will allow students to make better-informed decisions in education.
EDU 610 Human Relations: Multiculturalism
This course offers an in-depth approach to providing an understanding of cultural backgrounds and the influences of dehumanizing biases such as racism, sexism and classism on the lives of students. Some field study is required. There is a specific focus on South Dakota strands for human understanding as delineated by the South Dakota Department of Education.
EDU 655 Public Policy Issues in Education
This course focuses on the relationship between the federal and state governments and education in the United States. Topics include foundations of public policy and education; access, affordability, collaboration, reform, digital learning, and how all of these affect curriculum and delivery of the education product. Current issues are always a part of this course and include the up-to-date landscape of education and topics like Carnegie units, use of flex credit, and dual credits.
EDU 659 Classroom Manag/Ethical Leadership
This course examines both day to day classroom management and the bigger picture of providing ethical leadership in education. In the classroom, it will cover strategies for creating successful learning communities, planning, working with constituencies, establishing classroom rules, maintaining and responding to behavioral expectations, and motivating students. Educational Leadership topics include classic organizational theory, traditional administrative and governance models, campus climate and culture, project management, collaboration in the community, leadership analysis, ethicsâ applications, educational advocacy, and other management principles. This coverage also yields some discussion of expanded career opportunities as teachers become more entrepreneurial and try to make a difference in their corner of the education world.
EDU 661 Advanced Educational Psychology
Advanced Educational Psychology connects developmental theories to practice. It examines theories of learning and how they may be applied in the classroom. It will include the study of cognitive development, motivation and learning, how knowledge is constructed, constructivism, individual differences in learning, and learning environments. It provides the scientific research to support educational pedagogy.
EDU 683 Assessment/Planning/Evaluation
This course covers the basic principles of assessment and planning strategies for educators, planners and decision makers in education. Students learn how to construct, validate and apply traditional tests of achievement. In addition, forms of alternative and naturalistic assessment are considered. The course will examine conceptual and practical assessment issues relating to administration and institutional performance, teaching and learning, student performance and outcomes and measurement issues.
EDU 685 Teaching and Learning
This course will provide an examination of the complex relationships between adult development, motivation, and learning. General models and teaching styles are addressed and will include quantitative and qualitative research areas.
EDU 687 Legal/Ethical Issues in Educ
This course seeks to provide an overview of the legal and ethical principles which guide the administration of post secondary education. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary legal and ethical issues which help guide decisions made by those working in various settings within education. Topics will include, but not be limited to: academic freedom, due process, liability, Title IX, Human Resource law and access.
EDU 690 Research Methodologies
This course will give graduate education students an improved and applied knowledge of research methods. They will develop skills in evaluating statistical data, learning procedures for completion of a thesis and developing an understanding of the essential elements of experimental and non-experimental research studies.
SPD 601 All Inclusive Classroom
This course examines the characteristics, identification, assessment, and instruction of exceptional children, youth, and young adults across age ranges and levels of severity. Participants will consider foundational issues such as special education history and case law as well as current topics. Research-based instructional strategies and curricular adaptations and modifications that address individual needs of students with special needs in K-12 and post-secondary inclusive settings are presented.
EDU 691 Educational Policy/Admin Practicum
Students will intern at an approved setting, complete a directed study, or propose and complete a project with appropriate evaluation and university supervision.
EDU 692 Thesis
Students will complete all aspects of the thesis under the guidance and supervision of a thesis committee.