This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||EDPD 8040||Course||Governance and Politics of Education||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDPD 8046||Course||P–20 Education Law, Policy, and Governance||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDPD 8043||Course||Policy Development and Implementation||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDPD 8044||Course||Leadership and Management for Change in Education||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this course, education professionals develop an understanding of the political forces that shape the educational process. They engage in coursework that emphasizes governance structures and the influences of federal, state, and local policies and decisions. They also discuss contemporary research on political power in decision-making and the role of educational leaders and managers in P–20 institutions.
In this course, education professionals examine legal and ethical issues within the context of a P–20 educational setting. Supporting development of their legal reasoning skills, education professionals discuss the laws and statutes that inform the operation of educational organizations. They also engage in assignments that emphasize the ways ethics affect decision-making, professional conduct, and educational policies when analyzing critical issues in educational leadership.
Education policy is crucial to educational improvement and renewal throughout the P–20 system of education. In this course, education professionals develop the skills for critical analysis of education policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. They discuss the definition and formulation of policies and they explore a wide range of topics, including the identification of and work with policy advocates, the processes of policy implementation and evaluation, and the use of logic models in the policy process.
Building on the core knowledge from earlier courses, students will engage the emerging theories of leadership that reflect the current challenges in culturally responsive education, and the research on motivation and performance. The focus is on entrepreneurial and creative solutions, which reach across P–20 learning organizations to effect positive social change in education.
All courses taken in this certificate program will articulate into the PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management.