University of the Southwest Master of Science in Education Educational Administration

Leveling Courses  

(Credits Do Not Apply to Degree)

EDU/SPED 1101. Field-Based Observations. 1 credit hours. An early field experience designed to explore teaching as a career. Involves intensive orientation to the public school program through observations and other guided experiences.

EDU 2103.Foundations of Education. 3 credit hours. American education in its cultural setting; its nature, role, and function in society. The application of theories, research, and philosophies of teaching/learning, school law, and the organization and finances of the school will be explored.

Core Course Descriptions

EDU 5103.Instructional Strategies. 3 credit hours. Strategies of teaching with emphasis on student diversity, learning styles, pedagogical content, delivery media, and recommendations for classroom modifications and changes in teaching strategies for marginal and exceptional learners.

EDU 5203.Learning and Human Development. 3 credit hours. Human life span from conception to death including physical, cognitive, affective, spiritual, career and social development. Emphasizes learning styles and multiple intelligences.

EDU 5413.Program Development and Management. 3 credit hours. Current trends, issues,and challenges in strategic planning, development, organization,administration, and evaluation of school programs, including the NM Counseling Program. Federal and state- mandated initiatives are addressed, as well as the impact of technology on program development and delivery.

EDU 5513.Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations. 3 credit hours. Theory,research, and methodology relative to the needs of multicultural and special student populations. Course includes the use of technology to lessen the gap between program expectations and student achievement.

EDU 5523. Educational Research. 3 credit hours. Statistics and techniques for locating,analyzing, and evaluating educational research. Quantitative and qualitative research design with emphasis on direct application to educational problems and decisions. Must take within first 9 credit hours of graduate work.

Specialization Course Descriptions  

EDA 5203 Educational Leadership and Supervision. 3 credit hours. Function, roles,competencies, skills—including technology, and styles of educational leadership and supervision. Includes master schedules, staff evaluation, and staff development.

EDA 5213 Theories of Curriculum Development. 3 credit hours. Theories and principles of curriculum development, policies, and external influences on curriculum decisions with focus on integrating technology into curriculum projects.

EDA 5303 Policies and Public Relations. 3 credit hours. Development, implementation,communication, and monitoring of educational policies, procedures, and public relations. Includes collaboration and partnerships with community agencies,organizations, and businesses and the use of technology as a communication tool to enhance public relations.

EDA 5313 Educational Law. 3 credit hours. Legal processes of education, IDEA Revised, Section 504, major court decisions, legislative procedures, and state regulations.

EDA 5403 Educational Finance and Facilities. 3 credit hours. Public school fiscal policies and practices, sources of revenue, budgeting process, disbursement, chart of accounts, insurance, physical plant, and technology.

EDA 5513 Theories of Administration. 3 credit hours. Theories of organizational behavior, educational management, and school administration with emphasis on strategic planning and decision making models, paradigm shifts, and systemic changes.

EDA 5803 Internship in Educational Administration. 3 credit hours. Interns will be assigned to supervisory administrators in an accredited school to participate in and observe the administrative functions of the school for a minimum of 180 clock hours. Must open and close the school year. PRE: EDU core, EDA 5203, EDA 5313, EDA 5403,and permission required.