Accelerated School Leadership

Course Descriptions

EDU 6140. Instructional Leadership Development (1 hour)
Required training for the Texas principal certification. The seminar is conducted by certified trainers from the SMU faculty.

EPL 6240. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Leadership (2 hours)
This course focuses on the legal and policy issues critical to effective educational leadership.  Topics include compliance, equity, code of ethics, and the development, communication, and implementation of effective policy.

EPL 6241. Organizational Behavior (2 hours)
An examination of behavior in educational organizations. Topics include organizational culture and climate, motivation, and decision-making.

EPL 6242. Academic Leadership: Literacy & Language Arts (2 hours)
This course addresses trends and issues impacting instructional programs in literacy and language arts. Topics include program development, evaluation, compliance issues, and implications for budget, facilities, and staffing.

EDU 6243. Field Studies 1 (2 hours)
Field Studies courses include internship activities directly aligned to the course work in each module of the program.  Field Studies projects will be part of a summative portfolio assessment.

EPL 6244. Organizational Leadership (2 hours)
This course focuses on leadership theories and models that could be applied to roles such as campus planning, goal setting, consensus building, and resource allocation.

EPL 6245. Leading Organizational Change (2 hours)
This course focuses on practical frameworks and strategies for change that leaders can use to make their organizations more effective.  Topics include effective approaches, as well as potential barriers to change.

EPL 6246. Academic Leadership: Mathematics & Science (2 hours)
This course addresses trends and issues impacting instructional programs in math and science. Topics include program development, evaluation, compliance issues, and implications for budget, facilities, and staffing.

EPL 6247. Field Studies 2 (2 hours)
Field Studies courses include internship activities directly aligned to the course work in each module of the program.  Field Studies projects will be part of a summative portfolio assessment.

EPL 6248. Academic Leadership: World Languages & Social Sciences (2 hours)
This course addresses trends and issues impacting instructional programs in world languages and social studies. Topics include program development, evaluation, compliance issues, and implications for budget, facilities, and staffing.

EPL 6249. Academic Leadership: Fine Arts/PE/CATE (2 hours)
This course addresses trends and issues impacting instructional programs for Arts/PE/CATE. Topics include program development, evaluation, compliance issues, and implications for budget, facilities, and staffing.

EPL 6250. Leadership Development Coaching (2 hours)
This course provides experience in using collaborative tools to build self-awareness, clarify goals, and formulate action plans with accountability.

EPL 6251. Field Studies 3 (2 hours)
Field Studies courses include internship activities directly aligned to the course work in each module of the program.  Field Studies projects will be part of a summative portfolio assessment.

EPL 6252. Academic Leadership: Special Populations (2 hours)
This course addresses trends and issues impacting instructional programs for special populations. Topics include program development, evaluation, compliance issues, and implications for budget, facilities, and staffing.

EPL 6253. Personal & Professional Development (2 hours)
This course will focus on selection, development, supervision and retention of effective teachers. Topics will include effective professional development models, teacher leadership roles and equitable personnel policies and procedures.

EPL 6254. Student Culture and Support (2 hours)
This course examines how discipline, safety and crisis management support a positive learning environment. Data from support services like counseling, social and health services will be analyzed as contributing factors.

EPL 6375. Leading with Values (3 hours)
This course enables participants to examine their identity as a leader and how their decisions and actions impact values-driven behavior, organizational resilience, adaptability, and an achievement based culture.

EPL 6391. Collaborative Leadership (3 hours)
This course will focus on strategies to engage families and communities in campus improvement.  Candidates will review how other governmental entities and business partners can promote student achievement.

EPL 6393. Portfolio Seminar (3 hours)
Final portfolio development value added project presentations will take place in this seminar. Participants will include the advising professor, clinical faculty and school-based mentors.