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M.S.Ed. Education Administration (K-12) Courses

The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GADS 574

Pupil Personnel Administration

Examination of the regulations and mandates from PDE that involve children in schools, including such issues as special education, child abuse, student assistance programs, community agencies, and pupil personnel services in Pennsylvania schools.

3
GADS 701

Principal Field Experience I

Competencies related to the thirteen program standards that form the program’s conceptual framework are examined through a combination of class meetings, virtual learning and field experiences. A Diversity Action Lab is the culminating project in this experience.

1
GADS 703

Administration and Practice

This course is the final course before applying for certification. It requires field experiences that are developed in consultation with a university advisor as well as field site personnel at all three levels (elementary, middle and secondary). A comprehensive portfolio assessment is necessary. Four group seminars are scheduled during this final course.

2
GADS 547

Advanced Curriculum

Curriculum research; needs assessment; curriculum management; implementation; analysis of test data; curriculum models.

3
GADS 681

School Law

Principal provisions in school law affecting teachers, principals, and superintendents; constitutional, statutory, ruling case and common law bases for public education interpretations; legal procedures with emphasis on Pennsylvania school law.

3
GADS 557

Supervision

This course is intended to acquaint the perspective supervisor with principles and techniques of supervision as they evaluate and work with teachers in improving their ability to develop and deliver the curriculum.

3
GREV 500

Statistics in Behavioral Research

Skills necessary for critical analysis of quantitative research in the behavioral sciences are emphasized. The major goal is to understand and interpret the statistical analyses used to describe distributions and test hypothesis that are commonly used in empirical studies employing quantitative data.

3
GADS 671

Elementary School Administration and Management

This course addresses the organizational management applied to educational leadership theories in developing, financing and implementing the instructional program in the elementary school.

3
GADS 675

Secondary School Administration and Management

Relates administrative theories and practical techniques for secondary administrators. The course is problem-oriented with emphasis on community relations, curriculum and instructional planning, school finance, decision making, staff development, student relations, scheduling practices, and the activities program.

3
GADS 702

Principal Field Experience II

Competencies related to the thirteen program standards that form the program’s conceptual framework are examined through a combination of class meetings, virtual learning and field experiences. The Reform Project is the focus of this experience.

1
GADS 575

Middle Level School Practice and Organization

A course for the middle school educator and the practitioner seeking explanations and alternatives for schools in the middle level. Covers administration, organization, curriculum, instruction, leadership roles, staff development, and evaluation.

3
GADS 700

Orientation to School Leadership

This course provides an orientation to the structure and processes of administration and supervision leadership and to the program requirements. Solving real problems experienced by practicing leaders is a major part of this course and will help to inform candidates of what the job entails as well as giving them practical strategies for dealing with school based problems.

2