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EDL 410 Leadership Development 1 cr
This course is for undergraduates who are, or aspire to be, leaders. Faculty from throughout the University will direct weekly class sessions. Requires permission of the Dean of Students.
EDL 501 Theories of Instructional Leadership  
The need for instructional leaders to understand and be able to operate within the larger context of community effect on opportunities for all students is addressed. Cooperation among schools, districts, parents, and the larger community as essential to the success of instructional leaders and students and ethical practices are emphasized.
EDL 502 Data-Driven Instructional Leadership  
This course stresses the engagement of the school community in developing and maintaining a shared vision; planning effectively; using critical thinking and problem-solving techniques; collecting , analyzing, and interpreting data; and evaluation of results for the purpose of continuous school improvement.
EDL 503 Supervision and Professional Development  
This course addresses how the instructional leader recruits, selects, organizes, evaluates, and mentors faculty and staff to accomplish school and system goals.
EDL 504 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of
School Leadership
Students completing this course will demonstrate understanding of the legal system of schools. Students will be able to relate constitutional , federal, state, and local requirements as they concern students, employees, teachers, and instructional program administration. The students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of honesty, integrity, and fairness.
EDL 505 Business Management of the
Learning Organization
This course explores leadership skills related to group dynamics, problem identification, accountability, diversity, economic levels, and their relationship to financing schools. Internal and external public relations and political factors which impact the funding of schools will also be presented.
EDL 506 Teaching and Learning Leaders  
Student will acquire the knowledge to ensure that decisions about curricular, instructional strategies, assessment and professional development are based on sound research, best practices, and other contextual information needed to align the curricula with students needs.
EDL 512 Community Development 3 cr
Presents the field of community development, including basic terminology, concepts, methods and literature. Purposes are to present conceptual foundations of community development, provide some experiences in practical applications, and lay foundations for further study and practice in the field.
EDL 550 Principles of School Leadership 3 cr
This course provides understanding and skills in leadership and management of schools, including elements of effective classroom management, monitoring student services, and school and community relations. Management skills associated with school facilities, transportation, and student records will be studied.
EDL 561 Development of Postsecondary Education 3 cr
This course provides an overview of the organization, development and characteristics of postsecondary education.
EDL 562 Student in Higher Education 3 cr
This course focuses on the demographics and characteristics of the American college student today. Development theories applicable to the diverse population of students (e.g., race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability) are introduced and examined.
EDL 575 Organization and Planning of
Postsecondary Education
3 cr
Designed as an introduction to an analysis of organizational and administrative features of postsecondary education.
EDL 578 Law and Postsecondary Education 3 cr
Explores court decisions and federal and state laws relating to governance, student rights, and tort liability in postsecondary education.
EDL 590 Special Topics 3 cr
Guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks, such as program design, program revision, self study for accreditation visitation, supervision in the organization, and application of selected learning activities to acquire and enhance leadership skills.
EDL 594 Directed Study and Research 1-3 cr
Exploration of problems and issues of special interest or significance in Educational Leadership. Not more than three semester hours of any departmental 594 courses can be accepted toward a degree.
EDL 598 Residency 6 cr
The internship is designed to place candidates in the cooperating school during critical times of instructional planning. The residency allows interns to experience leadership in as many of the Alabama Leadership Standard indicators as possible. Candidates shall prepare and maintain a comprehensive portfolio which indicates the level of experience and knowledge gained in instructional leadership during the internship experiences.
EDL 603 Current Problems and Issues
3 cr
in Educational Administration
Explores problems and issues at the federal, state, and local levels facing the administration and supervision of American educational institutions. Particular emphasis is on decision making affecting education.
EDL 611 Human Relations Skills 3 cr
Designed to assess and improve the student’s level of competency in communication and group leadership skills, knowledge of sociocultural influences and differences, and understanding of the developmental characteristics of human beings.
EDL 621 Seminar in Program and
3 cr
Curriculum Development
Designed to assess and improve the student’s level of competency in program development skills, instructional strategies, systems analysis, and change innovation.
EDL 631 Seminar in Educational
3 cr
Management Skills
Designed to assess and improve the student’s knowledge of decision-making styles, problem-solving processes, leadership skills, implementation of organizational change, and physical environments which promote productivity. Additionally, when appropriate to the candidate’s expected leadership position, current knowledge of law, finance, plant management, and professional negotiations will be stressed.
EDL 690 Special Topics 1-3 cr
May be a content-varying course or may be guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks as well as supervision in the organization and application of selected learning activities to acquire and enhance leadership skills. May be repeated for credit when course content varies.
EDL 694 Directed Study and Research 3 cr
Students explore problems and issues of special interest or significance to advanced students. Not more than three semester hours of any departmental 694 courses can be accepted toward a degree.
EDL 695 Mentoring Leadership 3 cr
This course is a learning experience in mentoring relationships. The course provides an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned during the student’s advanced graduate studies. The student will learn mentoring skills and serve as a mentor for students interested in educational administration or new to the field of administration.
EDL 699 Research Project 1-3 cr
A supervised field project, study, or investigation in Educational Leadership. The student will conduct an investigation and apply concepts and skills learned during the sixth-year program.

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