Educational Leadership (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Dr. Eunice Grippaldi
Office: University Hall, Room 3194
Phone Number: (973) 655-7718
Email: grippaldie@mail.montclair.edu

Graduate students have several options for format, time, duration and place in order to complete the specific requirements for the MA in Educational Leadership.

Our fast track option allows students to earn the full master’s degree with both principal and supervisor certifications in 14 months while working full-time. Each cohort runs on a summer-to-summer time schedule. Classes are offered on select weekends and evenings in both online and hybrid formats. The program’s structure enables working professionals the flexibility of an intensive, yet manageable course of study in an accelerated fashion.

Individuals interested in a more traditional pace of study may pursue the master’s degree through the flexible option, where they can select and schedule their courses each semester from a variety of formats: weekend, online, face2face and hybrid. Students choose their courses, schedules and formats in the way that works best for them each semester as they work toward the completion of the master’s degree.

Students who live a distance from our campus and wish to be part of the Montclair experience can take advantage of our off-site opportunities for the master’s degree and/or certifications. These courses are offered in the various regions of the state and bring our faculty expertise and student choice of formats directly to a school district.

The fully online program offers the masters degree to students who seek the flexibility of distance learning.  All 36 credits of the masters degree are offered in 7.5 week sessions that are fully online.  Students will work in cohorts and follow a prescribed sequence of coursework. 

All applicants who wish to be eligible for certification as a school leader in the state of New Jersey must possess a Standard New Jersey Teaching or Educational Services Certificate or an out-of-state (ie. NY, PA) Standard Teaching Certificate or Educational Services Certificate and a minimum of 3 years teaching or Educational Service experience.  On a case-by-case basis, students who do not meet those requirements may apply for "DEGREE ONLY" and will NOT be automatically eligible for NJ certification as principal or supervisor.

Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership seeking to be supervisors, principals, directors, and school superintendents will participate in courses and field experiences:

  1. To help develop and/or support a personal philosophy of education and social consciousness consistent with related theories of learning and human development.
  2. To develop characteristics required for effective leadership in education.
  3. To analyze educational organizations and plan programs and strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness.
  4. To develop techniques to facilitate interpersonal and group problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. To develop skills in managing change and conflict in educational endeavors.
  6. To interpret research findings and design and implement research techniques for their organizational needs.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Complete 36 semester hours including the following 7 requirement(s):

  1. LEADERSHIP KNOWLEDGE

    Complete the following for 12 semester hours:

    ELAD 510 Effective Leadership in a Diverse Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 521 Education Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 622 School Finance (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 690 School and Community Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. SUPERVISORY PROCESSES

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

    ELAD 540 Differentiated Supervision (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 543 Leadership and the Learning Organization (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

    ELAD 635 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 680 Leading Curriculum Change for Student Achievement (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. CORE ACADEMIC

    Complete the following 1 course for 3 semester hours:

    EDFD 504 Action Research (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. INTERNSHIP OR LEADERSHIP

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

    ELAD 614 Transformative Leadership Practices (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 615 Internship in School Leadership (3 hours lecture) 3
  6. ELECTIVES

    Complete 2 courses from the following with advisor approval:

    COUN 559 Dynamics of Group Process 1-3
    EDFD 578 Testing and Evaluation (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 545 Leadership Skills in Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 610 Fieldwork in District Level Leadership (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 611 Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (3 hours seminar) 3
    ELAD 624 School Plant Maintenance and Operation (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 629 Accounting, Auditing, and Reporting for School Systems (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 643 Staff Personnel Administration and Supervision (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 644 Collective Bargaining, Impasse and Grievance Resolution (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 670 Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision 1-3
    SPED 579 Special Education for Students with Disabilities (3 hours lecture) 3
  7. DOCUMENTATION OF EXPERIENCE

    Provide verification of 5 years of educational experience. Must be signed on original school letterhead.


Course Descriptions:

COUN559: Dynamics of Group Process

A laboratory-based course for the development of group skills and understandings. Focus is on experimental learning and personal growth. Readings in human interaction theory will be related to actual group participation. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculated in Educational Leadership (ELAD).

EDFD504: Action Research (3 hours lecture)

Principles and techniques of research applicable to classroom situations. Various kinds of classroom research are studied and analyzed. Practice provided in the planning and outlining a research project. The development of experimental designs, and evaluation of the structure and outcomes of classroom research. Previous course ELRS 504 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

EDFD578: Testing and Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

Principles and practices of educational and psychological testing and evaluation relevant to professionals in human services, communication sciences and disorders, education, and related fields. Historical/philosophical orientation; place of testing in instructional and remedial programs; statistical concepts underlying measurement; validity, reliability, response set; construction of tests and measurement instruments; evaluation and interpretation of testing data; use and misuse of testing data; reporting data to students, parents and colleagues; critical analyses of selected standardized intelligence, ability and personality tests; experimental tests and measurement instruments. Course project geared to individual student needs. Previous course ELRS 578 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

ELAD510: Effective Leadership in a Diverse Society (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on concepts and techniques of leadership for student learning and systems change, the changing roles of leaders in a diverse society, and the use of strategic planning and data analysis in the implementation of a vision for school success and student achievement. Throughout the course, students develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to lead effectively, guided by the literature on leadership style and its interconnectedness to the power of authority of leaders. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD) or Principal (PRIN) or departmental approval.

ELAD521: Education Law (3 hours lecture)

This course immerses students in the practice of school law as it relates to legal theory, practical politics, the relationship of a school district's organization to other units of government, various state boards of education, and the appellate functions of the state and federal court systems. Students study school law through a pragmatic process of applying the federal and state constitutions, statutes, regulations, board of education policies, and case law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR), Director of School Counseling (DSCS) or departmental approval.

ELAD540: Differentiated Supervision (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students examine the supervisory roles of school leaders in supporting effective teaching and student learning. They learn about the processes of clinical supervision, coaching, and mentoring, and develop the knowledge and skills to ensure effective instruction through collaboration, observation, analysis, feedback, and evaluation of instruction. All students engage in simulated and authentic supervision of classroom practice through a variety of techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR), Director of School Counseling (DSCS) or departmental approval.

ELAD543: Leadership and the Learning Organization (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students examine comprehensive principles for leadership to develop schools as learning organizations and for the management of personnel and facilities to implement a learning framework for all students and staff that results in student achievement. They explore policy, guidelines, procedures and ethics of administrative decisions; management and leadership of human resources; distributive leadership within the learning community; recruitment, selection and termination of staff; staffing patterns; schedule design; and planning and budgeting processes. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Supervisor (SUPR), Principal (PRIN).

ELAD545: Leadership Skills in Communication (3 hours lecture)

This course explores contemporary concepts about the meanings and functions of communication in organizational leadership. Students explore the skills of communication: listening, speaking, writing and presenting to increase leadership and supervisory effectiveness through improved communication. Students prepare reports and reactions, verbal and written, to problem situations. Audio and video taping of individual skills in simulated situations is a component of the course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval only.

ELAD610: Fieldwork in District Level Leadership (3 hours lecture)

This course presents future leaders with an opportunity to become immersed in the practice and responsibilities exclusive to district-level administrative leadership. Students have opportunities to study effective leadership first-hand from the perspective of the central office, taking multiple perspectives, including approaches to fiscal responsibility, student achievement, data analysis, professional development, community relations, and advocacy. Upon the completion of the work, students develop a portfolio that includes artifacts as well as analysis and reflective commentary on the experience. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Department approval only.

ELAD611: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (3 hours seminar)

This course explores the ethical dimensions of leadership behavior and practice, and organizational decision making. Students examine various ethical dilemmas that educational leaders confront and apply ethical frameworks to resolve those dilemmas. Students read, discuss, analyze, and apply these frameworks surrounding ethical leadership and decision making to have the knowledge and skills to create a culture of ethical integrity through leadership. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Department approval only.

ELAD614: Transformative Leadership Practices (3 hours lecture)

This course presents students with the opportunity to become immersed in leadership practice, and to appreciate the importance of instructional leadership in the creation of a learning environment supportive of student achievement. They study effective leadership first-hand, develop and practice instructional leadership skills, and enhance their knowledge for a career as a school leadership. Students develop a portfolio that includes artifacts as well as analysis and reflective commentary as the capstone project. 3 sh.

ELAD615: Internship in School Leadership (3 hours lecture)

This internship is the culminating activity for students completing the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Through the internship, students have an opportunity to become immersed in leadership practice and to appreciate the importance of instructional leadership in the creation of a learning environment at their school sites. They study effective leadership first-hand, develop and practice instructional leadership skills, and are mentored for a career as a school principal. The internship requires a minimum of 300 hours of supervised standards-based fieldwork under the direction of a university professor and a school mentor. Upon the completion of the work, students develop a portfolio that includes artifacts as well as analysis and reflective commentary that is presented at a dialogue session. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Department approval only.

ELAD622: School Finance (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students examine the current economic environment and its impact on schools; state, local and federal taxation; state school aid theory and practice; school district indebtedness; statutory school budget and fiscal controls; various cost-quality instruments; and the role of the school leader in school fiscal structure and decision making in relation to local, state and federal requirements. They apply their developing knowledge of the budget process in creating a fiscally responsive budget for a content area department and school site. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD) or Principal (PRIN) or departmental approval.

ELAD624: School Plant Maintenance and Operation (3 hours lecture)

Latest techniques in the maintenance and operation of the school plant. Various specialists in specific areas of study utilized in the instructional program. Determination of workloads, formulation of job descriptions, supply storage, care of mechanical and hand tools and equipment and care of the school site. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ELAD 510. Graduate students in ELAD, SBNA or department approval.

ELAD629: Accounting, Auditing, and Reporting for School Systems (3 hours lecture)

The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to initiate and maintain a school district's accounting, auditing, and reporting program. Emphasis is placed on the terminology and processes required to insure local school district financial accountability. New Jersey operational requirements will be stressed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ELAD 526. Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), School Business Administrator (SBNA) or departmental approval.

ELAD635: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed by building and district leaders to support student achievement through curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Students examine the role of vision, organization, and motivation in leading curriculum development and supporting teacher development of expertise in effective instruction and assessment. Through research and authentic experiences students gain a deeper understanding of how to design and promote professional development that serves to enhance instruction and assessment, and the many ways to involve all stakeholders in the work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR) or departmental approval.

ELAD643: Staff Personnel Administration and Supervision (3 hours lecture)

Personnel practices and problems in current school situations. Roles of policy-making bodies, the public, professionals, paraprofessionals and general staff in recruitment, selection, retention and evaluation of staff. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ELAD 521, ELAD 540. Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), School Business Administrator (SBNA) or departmental approval.

ELAD644: Collective Bargaining, Impasse and Grievance Resolution (3 hours lecture)

Analysis of New Jersey public relations law (Chapter 123, New Jersey public laws of 1974). Simulations and case studies to illustrate negotiations, grievance, and impasse procedures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), School Business Administrator (SBNA) or departmental approval.

ELAD670: Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision

Emphasis on professional development issues and topics for prospective administrators and supervisors of educational programs and personnel in a variety of settings. Topics will vary depending on needs, concerns, or interests of individual student taking the course and the faculty member instructing the course. Current issues and concerns are given priority. Course is also available for practicing professionals and organizations. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Educational Leadership with Conc:Educ/Trainer (ELET), Educational Leadership with Conc:Adult&OrgLrning (ELAO), Principal (PRIN), Administration and Supervision (ADSU) or department approval.

ELAD680: Leading Curriculum Change for Student Achievement (3 hours lecture)

This course will help students make the transition from thinking of curriculum for a particular subject within a classroom setting to thinking of the philosophical frameworks that help shape curriculum and the curricular approaches and professional learning for school staff that will increase student achievement. Students will develop an understanding of the nature of the presented curriculum and learn how to effectively restructure that curriculum and create professional learning opportunities in response to staff and student emerging needs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ELAD 635; Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR) or departmental approval.

ELAD690: School and Community Relations (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students examine the political, social, and economic factors that influence a school's relationship with various community agencies and constituencies. They also develop administrative sensitivity to the various communities. As part of the process, students develop skills in group dynamics they need to work with faculty and staff; build a school community where attention to social justice, equity, and student achievement is the norm; facilitate change and conflict resolution; communicate with parents and community; and involve stakeholders in developing school-wide improvement plans. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD) and Principal (PRIN).

SPED579: Special Education for Students with Disabilities (3 hours lecture)

An overview of instruction for students with special needs; characteristics of special populations, federal and state legislation, educational implications of disabling conditions, principles for instruction and planning for inclusion are presented; community resources and special issues related to the education of students with disabilities are discussed. 3 sh.