Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies (AEL, AHE, AIL, BEF, CAT)

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies is to prepare ethical and reflective practitioners, researchers, and scholars for work in K–12, higher education, and other educational settings. Through teaching and outreach, the department strives to promote the values, knowledge, and skills needed to improve education in the state and across the region, and, through the scholarly activities of its faculty and students, contribute to national research. Leadership in all areas requires an understanding of curricular, instructional, supervisory, and administrative processes—as well as awareness of the ever-changing social, political, legal, moral, and economic contexts of education. In line with the College’s Conceptual Framework, programs offered through the department meet these challenges by addressing the themes of Student and Community, Disciplinary and Pedagogic Expertise, Technology and Assessment, Collaboration and Life-long Learning, and Democracy and Diversity. We respect diversity, honor difference, and promote social justice. The department also maintains an on-going, open dialogue about educational improvement through its association with various federal, state, and local educational agencies and professional organizations.

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Programs

The department offers Class A and Class AA certification programs in educational leadership, master's degrees in educational leadership and higher education administration, EdS degrees in educational leadership, and EdD and PhD degrees in educational leadership, higher education administration, and instructional leadership. Within the Instructional Leadership doctorate, students may also pursue concentrations in Instructional Technology or Social and Cultural Studies in Education. The department provides learning opportunities for educators who hold or aspire to leadership responsibilities in educational settings. Courses are designed to provide students with technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills essential to theory and practice.

Educational Leadership

Degrees offered by the Educational Leadership Program include the MA, EdS, EdD and PhD. In addition, study options are available to provide eligibility for both Class A and Class AA certification. Admission and degree requirements for the Graduate School,  the College of Education, and the ELPTS department are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

Instructional Leadership

The Instructional Leadership Program is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to learning communities. We develop future scholars, researchers, and instructional leaders for schools, colleges and other learning institutions. Our work is guided by the principles of reflective practice, professional growth, individual responsibility, the pursuit of social justice, an ethic of caring, and a commitment to the communities we serve. The program differs from the one in educational administration in that it focuses primarily on the development of leaders with expertise in fields such as curriculum, instruction, technology, and the social and cultural factors influencing learning. We also focus on training for distributive and shared leadership teams.

Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration Program is exclusively graduate-level.  Through its varied course offerings and structured learning experiences, it meaningfully serves a broad clientele, especially current and future administrators of two- and four-year colleges and universities. Course offerings are designed primarily to train, sensitize, and broaden the information base of administrators and personnel already affiliated with institutions of higher learning, and to prepare others for employment with institutions of higher learning in Alabama, the Southeast, and the nation. The program offerings also complement other courses of study undertaken by graduate students pursuing other majors within the area, the College, and the University. The program in higher education administration offers the following degrees: the MA, EdD, and PhD.

Computers and Applied Technology

The Computers and Applied Technology Program provides supporting coursework in computer technology for students throughout the College.

Faculty

Department Head and Professor
  • Claire Howell Major
Professors
  • Natalie Adams
  • Nirmala Erevelles
  • Philo A. Hutcheson
  • Bob L. Johnson
  • Stephen G. Katsinas
  • Frankie Santos Laanan
  • Douglas McKnight
  • John Petrovic
  • Margaret Rice
  • Stephen Tomlinson
  • Vivian Wright
Associate professors
  • Becky Atkinson
  • Angela Benson
  • Nathaniel James Bray
  • David Hardy
  • Karri Holley
  • Roxanne Mitchell
  • Margaret L. Rice
Assistant professors
  • Andre R. Denham
  • Steve Mobley, Jr.
  • Cindy Ann Kilgo
  • Bryan Mann
  • Jingping Sun
  • Krystal Williams
Clinical professor
  • Philip Westbrook
Clinical associate professors
  • Arleene Breaux
  • Brenda Mendiola
Clinical assistant professor
  • Yvette Bynum

Courses

Educational Leadership

AEL
520
Hours
3
Leadership for Communities

A study of individual and group leadership skills for purpose of addressing issues that impact student learning, engaging families in decisions at the school and district levels and building community support for schools.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
521
Hours
3
Leadership for Improvement

Prepares prospective educational administrators for grade P-12 to provide the instructional leadership for continuous improvement of schools. Focuses on knowledge and understanding about learning methods and strategies for program planning, design, implementation and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
522
Hours
3
Teaching and Learning

Places emphasis on developing the school leader's knowledge of teaching and learning and her/his abilities to lead, coach, participate in and enhance teacher dialogue about student learning.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
523
Hours
3
Human Resource Development

Basic concepts of effective supervision, including supervisory roles and functions, communicative interaction and formative and summative strategies for improving instruction.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
524
Hours
3
Ethics and Law

A study of ethics and law as it relates to the educational leader's role as the first citizen of the school/district community.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
525
Hours
3
Management

A study of theories, principles and practices of managing an educational organization. Emphasis will be on the practical management of the local school.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
526
Hours
3
Data Informed Decision Making

Uses school based data as a vehicle to illustrate the applicability of decision making models in the resolution of school problems.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
527
Hours
1.5
Internship in Educ Leadership

Applies theory, knowledge and skills in meaningful and practical experiences in actual school settings. Students are required to complete two semesters of internship for a total of 3 hours credit.

Prerequisite(s): SPE 300 or SPE 500
AEL
602
Hours
3
Educ Leadshp Sch Restruc

An inquiry into identification, analysis, and application of leadership theories and interpersonal dynamics and the relationship of leadership theories to other disciplines. Implications of these for school restructuring and change for the improvement of instruction are emphasized.

AEL
608
Hours
3
Educ Fin Theory/Pract

A study of litigation, legislation, and implementation of public-school finance programs in the 50 states. Concentrates on four aspects of equity: resource equity, input equity, output equity, and tax equity.

AEL
612
Hours
3
Instruc Supv Mentor Trng

A comprehensive critical examination of advanced philosophy, theory, and research of instructional supervision, including an interdisciplinary focus on forces impinging upon instruction. Implications of these findings for individual and group development and the improvement of instruction and the instructional environment are emphasized.

AEL
618
Hours
3
Adv Educational Law

Emphasizes original legal research by the student. After reviewing general principles of educational law, each student selects a topic for intense research. With the instructor's assistance, each student will prepare a publishable article on some area of educational law. Proper use of legal notations, forms, and research methods is stressed.

AEL
619
Hours
3
Politics Of Education

Study of politics as it relates to educational decision making, with emphasis on political theory, history of politics in education, and the legislative process. Offered once during the academic year.

AEL
624
Hours
3-6
Practicum Educ Leadershp

Directed opportunities to use educational leadership knowledge and skills to design projects and solve problems. Students develop a field-based project that includes the identification and analysis of a local school or district problem and the implementation and evaluation of a solution to the identified problem.

AEL
630
Hours
3
School Partnerships

This advanced course examines basic principles, strategies, and components of school and community partnerships and the obstacles to forging effective and successful partnerships from a solid theoretical foundation in community sociology and its relationship to school reform. In addition, it analyzes how social and cultural differences impact the ways in which business, schools, families/parents, and communities interact, relate, and conflict.

AEL
631
Hours
3
Strategic Leadership

Application of Leadership theories to district level leadership practice, with an emphasis on strategies and tactics for planning. Includes field experience.

AEL
632
Hours
3
Leading Learning Through the Curriculum

Knowledge, skills and understandings about curriculum discourses and assumptions underlying historical, social and contemporary thought, practice and research applying to curriculum leadership.

Prerequisite(s): AEL 521
AEL
633
Hours
3
Leading, Developing, and Mentoring for Adult Learners

Emphasis is on advanced study of leading learning communities, developing adult learners and strategies for teachers to ensure all students learn.

Prerequisite(s): AEL 522 and AEL 631
AEL
634
Hours
3
Development and Supervision of Human Resources

Analysis of personnel functions, emphasizing philosophy, theory, skills and research on professional development for adult learners in professional learning communities.

Prerequisite(s): AEL 523
AEL
635
Hours
3
Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Schools

Advanced ethics and law for school administrators with emphasis on relationships between these and policy for school leaders.

AEL
636
Hours
3
School Finance and Financial Management

An introduction to school and school systems business management and related technologies, fund accounting; GAAP; budgets; asset stewardship and internal control; purchasing and contracts; local school revenues, reporting and relationships to school support organizations and student activities.

AEL
637
Hours
3
Leadership and Social Systems

A study of the interplay between leader behavior and schools from social systems theory and practical implications for improving instruction.

AEL
638
Hours
3
Solving Problems of Practice

Directed opportunities to use educational leadership knowledge and skills to design field-based projects and evaluate solutions.

AEL
645
Hours
3
Int Comm & Collaboration

Study of research, literature, theory and skills involved in interpersonal communications, conflict resolution and collaboration within school settings. Prepares leaders to work in collaborative teams.

AEL
649
Hours
1-6
Advanced Research

Directed research activities related to educational leadership topics. Enrollment is subject to program regulations and permission of the student's program committee. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

AEL
650
Hours
3
Organizational Theory

An exploration of the relationship among concepts, generalizations, and theoretical models found in the behavioral and social sciences. The application of these to administrative practice in educational settings is addressed.

AEL
655
Hours
3
Prof Develop Leadership Persnl

An analysis of the major functions involved in administering a staff personnel program. Stresses the interrelationship of functions and focuses on the administrative level and the organizational development/human resource development relationship.

AEL
664
Hours
3
Dynamics Of Change

Components of change will be identified and theories of social and personal dynamics will be adapted and applied to planned programs of change in education.

AEL
667
Hours
3
Multicult Soc Ed Leadshp

An advanced inquiry into contemporary social and cultural dimensions of education and their relationships to leadership. Includes issues of diversity, gender, ethnicity, pluralism, and equality.

AEL
669
Hours
3
Curriculum Study Schoolg

An inquiry into the curriculum of schooling. Critical analysis of the relationship of curricular decision making to social and political systems and other school context variables is emphasized. Application is made to contemporary issues and problems in school leadership and restructuring.

AEL
671
Hours
3
Survey Instructnl Superv

A critical examination, interpretation, and evaluation of significant current and classical writings in the field of instructional supervision with particular emphasis on research findings, the emergence of instructional trends and issues across the literature, and applications for effective leadership of instructional supervision.

AEL
675
Hours
3
Adv. Org. Theory

AEL 675 is a course in organizational theory that continues the work begun in AEL 650. The course presents current theoretical perspectives and develops skills in reading research literature and framing dissertation problems.

AEL
681
Hours
3
Ethics and Education

An exploration and examination of traditional and contemporary ethical issues confronting educational leaders, managers, and teachers at all levels of the educational process. Emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to foundations in ethical theory and establishing a conceptual framework for the resolution of moral and ethical questions prevalent across the educational spectrum.

AEL
682
Hours
3
Lead & Org/Theory & Appl

An examination of historical and contemporary theories, models, concepts, and practices for effective and efficient approaches to leadership within organizations and how these apply to educational settings.

AEL
695
Hours
3
Sem Curriculum Leadershp

An advanced seminar for students to explore, discuss, and interpret contemporary curriculum practice and research. Provides students with opportunities for critical inquiry into an area of specialized need and interest.

AEL
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

Twelve semester hours (EdD) or 24 semester hours (PhD) required. Directed dissertation research in the area of educational leadership. Student must maintain continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 semester hours per semester until the dissertation is completed. Enrollment is subject to program regulations and permission of the student's dissertation committee.

Higher Education

AHE
500
Hours
3
Perspect High Educ Admin

How higher education has been shaped by the major trends in American society, how it has contributed to the development of this country, and what may be expected of higher education in the future. Higher education is also viewed in institutional and conceptual forms from the perspective of students, faculty, and administrators.

AHE
507
Hours
3
Student Development Theory I

Introduction to the theoretical basis for the delivery of services through organizational student development, and a study of the research basis for student development.

AHE
510
Hours
3
The Community College

An overview of the development, format, issues, and purposes of the contemporary community and junior college.

AHE
520
Hours
3
Student In Higher Eductn

A survey of the needs, characteristics, and cultures of the American college student within various types of higher education institutions.

AHE
521
Hours
3
Student Affairs

An overview of the organization, personnel, and practices of student affairs and related higher education functions in U.S. colleges and universities. The course is designed to increase student understanding of how student services, student activities, and student development tasks are organized, administered, and assessed. Students will explore the main issues, roles, constituencies and expectations affecting individual professionals as well as the profession as a whole.

AHE
530
Hours
3
Law & Higher Education

Investigates and explicates the structure and background of law and equity in higher education, with emphasis on how statutory law, administrative law, and case law respond to and affect faculty, students, administrators, and trustees. Constitutional law, contracts, torts, the law of private associations, civil rights statutes, executive orders, injunctions, specific performance, corporate and partnership law, law of agency, and laws on liability are studied as they apply to higher education.

AHE
540
Hours
3
Org and Governance

Overview of the organization, administrative roles and positions, administrative process, and administrator relationships within various institutions of higher learning.

AHE
548
Hours
3
Leadership in Higher Education

Overview of theory, practice and issues related to leadership in American Higher Education.

AHE
550
Hours
3
Financing Higher Eductn

An overview of the budgeting processes, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, and issues and innovations in financing various types of contemporary institutions of higher education. Also a survey of the various business and planning operations vital to the operation of colleges and universities.

AHE
560
Hours
3
Comparatv Higher Eductn

This course is designed to provide a cross-cultural perspective on issues related to higher education throughout the world. The course will focus on topics such as reform, students and student activism, internal and external governance of universities, unions, and the academic profession in key world regions.

AHE
561
Hours
3
Case Studies in Higher Ed.

This course is designed to enhance an understanding of decision making in higher education. Based on case studies, students will analyze, propose policies, generate action plans and implementation procedures, and assess the potential consequences of their administrative decisions.

AHE
590
Hours
3-6
Ind Study In Higher Ed

Directed independent study in the literature of higher education, designed for the student seeking a minor or pursuing master's work in the program in higher education (AHE).

AHE
591
Hours
3
Seminar Higher Education

A topical seminar on a current issue or problem in higher or postsecondary education. On occasion, the seminar involves travel or on-site visitations to institutions or oversight bodies.

AHE
592
Hours
3
Internship in Higher Education

The application of theory, knowledge, and skills in authentic educational settings. Students are required to complete one semester of internship for a total of three hours credit.

AHE
593
Hours
3
Student Affairs Capstone Seminar

The Student Affairs Capstone Seminar will be the final course for students in the Higher Education Master's Program. The course focuses on leadership and organizational change in student affairs in postsecondary education.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission
AHE
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

Directed thesis research.

AHE
601
Hours
3
Professional Sem High Ed

This course is designed for students newly admitted to the doctoral program in higher education administration. As such, the seminar concentrates on issues and concerns that arise as part of the doctoral experience. Course activities and experiences may vary according to the professional experience and academic background of course participants.

AHE
602
Hours
3
Problems In Higher Education

Seminar studying the current issues and trends related to higher education.

AHE
603
Hours
3
College & University Teaching

An intensive graduate seminar that provides an overview of the issues, principles, and practices associated with effective college teaching. Topics include learning and diversity; teaching models and strategies; teacher and student behaviors and learning outcomes; and instructional improvement strategies.

AHE
607
Hours
3
Student Development Theory II

This course provides a comprehensive study of student growth and development during the college years. The course is designed to address professionals in student affairs and higher education administration.

Prerequisite(s): AHE 507 Student Development Theory I
AHE
610
Hours
3
Academic Culture & Learn

An intensive examination of the student, faculty, and administrative cultures in higher education environments. The impact of various internal and external factors on institutional culture and behavior will also be studied, particularly as they relate to teaching, learning, research, and service.

AHE
621
Hours
3
Power Politics Change

No description available.

AHE
625
Hours
3
Community College Leadership

This course provides an overview of issues pertaining to leadership in American community colleges.

AHE
640
Hours
3
Organizational Change

Colleges and universities face tremendous challenges; the need for change, and for change agents, has never been greater. This course examines organizational change both theoretically and practically in higher education.

AHE
641
Hours
3
Personnel In Higher Ed

Need for and types of personnel; recruitment, advancement, and security of personnel; salaries, wages, and benefits; and problems peculiar to college personnel.

AHE
642
Hours
3
Sem Inst Resrch & Assesm

An overview of the institutional research and analysis techniques utilized in contemporary higher education. The course is configured for those with an interest in conducting institutional research and/or working in offices of institutional research on the campus, system, and/or state level.

AHE
644
Hours
3
Sem Acad Progrm Dev Eval

Design and management of academic programs; study of institutional structures for academic affairs; practice in program review for instructional improvement; and overview of graduate programs (general and liberal education, as well as occupational and professional education).

AHE
670
Hours
3
Higher Education Policy

This course will introduce students to the essential elements of higher education policy and finance. Students will examine the main financing options of colleges and universities; college costs and pricing; financial aid policy, and emerging policy issues.

AHE
680
Hours
3
Readings in HE

The purpose of this course is to provide students with skills that enable them to understand and synthesize current research in higher education.

AHE
688
Hours
3
Mentored Teaching

This course provides students with a mentored experiential learning opportunity to develop compentency and mastery in course construction and delivery in the higher education environment.

AHE
689
Hours
3
Mentored Research

This course provides students with mentored experiential learning opportunity to develop competency and mastery in research and analytical skills. To be taken at or near end of students research requirements.

AHE
690
Hours
1-6
Direct Doctoral Study

Directed individual study and analysis of a problem confronting higher education. Note: Frequently, special one-time-only seminars focusing on a particular aspect of higher education are offered by program faculty under this course number.

AHE
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

Directed dissertation research in the field of higher education. Enrollment is subject to program regulations and permission of the student's dissertation committee chairperson. Also offered in summer school.

Instructional Leadership

AIL
600
Hours
3
Integr Tech Educ & Train

An examination of advanced applications of current and emerging instructional technological applications in a variety of settings and in the context of various fields of study and job environments. Technologies and applications addressed in current course include computers, the Internet, presentation media, and multimedia. Cognitive, product, and skill competencies are included. Cognitive competencies are integrated into product and skills evaluations. Products are required to reflect some competencies, while skills competencies are either observed directly or inferred from the products.

AIL
601
Hours
3
Prin Instruct Technology

Advanced theory and applications of educational technology. Including the effects of technology on thinking and learning, and the effects of technology in problem solving and other higher-level thinking skills, the course examines current research on computerized learning (CAI, simulation, and tutorials) and other relevant topics such as virtual reality, games and gaming theory, hypertext (design and comprehension), presentation software, groupware for cooperative learning, and telecommunications (distant and/or distributed learning).

AIL
602
Hours
3
Electrnc Instruct Design

Designed to develop basic knowledge and skills for electronic instructional design -analysis, design, production, evaluation, and revision - for specific electronic projects.

AIL
603
Hours
3
Telecommctn & Networks

Designed to explore design, layout, and installation of local and wide area networks. Addresses topologies, ethernet standards, physical layer, network operating software, data-link layer, file server, network cards, hubs, peripherals, routers, and other network operations.

AIL
604
Hours
3
Distance Technologies

Prepares students with knowledge and skills in methods of distance education, which incorporates telecommunications and computer technology to instruct students at remote locations or to serve as an adjunct to classroom instruction. The technology used includes telephony, cable television, satellite communications, videocassettes, videoconferencing, computer-mediated instruction, and/or online computer communication via the Internet.

AIL
605
Hours
3
Interact Multimedia Proc

Prepares students with knowledge and skills in modeling, simulation, testing, or analysis or training in real-world contexts using interactive multimedia processes.

AIL
606
Hours
3
Software Technology

Intended for students who have had some prior programming experience; otherwise, students will need to develop competencies prior to taking this course. Issues include matching the capabilities of the medium to the intellectual structure of the subject, who directs the interaction between human and computer; the size of the intellectual field; and pedagogical concerns in choosing the operations of a software environment. Students are expected to design and complete a project at the end of the course.

AIL
607
Hours
3
Readings in Instructional Technology

This course is designed to aid students in understanding and synthesizing research and developing theoretical approaches to the study of instructional technology.

AIL
630
Hours
3
Technology Management

This course introduces learners to theories and models for managing technology as an instrument of change and performance improvement in schools and organizations.

AIL
631
Hours
3
Administrative Technology

This course introduces learners to the primary administrative technologies available for administrators and the critical technology issues educational and organizational leaders face.

AIL
689
Hours
3-6
Practicum in Instructional Technology

Students pursue research in the Instructional Technology program. They are required to develop, implement, and analyze research; and report findings in APA format.

AIL
690
Hours
3
Sem Instructional Technology

No description available.

AIL
691
Hours
1
Doctoral Seminar: Instructional Technology

This doctoral seminar presents opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of collective concern in the IT doctoral program.

AIL
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

Twelve semester hours (EdD) or 24 semester hours (PhD) required. Directed dissertation research in the area of instructional leadership. Students must maintain continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 semester hours per semester each fall and spring semester until the dissertation is completed. Enrollment is subject to program regulations and permission of the student's dissertation committee.

Educational Foundations

BEF
503
Hours
3
History Of Amer Educn

An interpretive history of the educational and social movements and conflicts leading to understanding contemporary issues of educational aims, curriculum, teaching methodology, administrative policy, and the professionalization of teaching. Offered in alternate semesters and in summer school.

BEF
504
Hours
3
Philosophy Of Educ

An examination into the meaning and purpose of education in light of major philosophical problems of knowledge, value, and reality. Offered in alternate semesters and in summer school.

BEF
507
Hours
3
Sociology Of Education

A sociological emphasis on cultural factors (such as ethnic background; socioeconomic status; family, peers, and community; and sex-role stereotyping) that influence education in a pluralistic society.

BEF
510
Hours
3
Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed

Drawing on interdisciplinary study in philosophy, history, and sociology, this course examines the purposes and development of schools in relation to the social, cultural, political, and intellectual makeup of society.

BEF
512
Hours
3
Church State & School

A critical interpretation of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state in American education.

BEF
534
Hours
3
Multicultural Education

Studies in selected aspects of the social, cultural, and political foundations of society, with a critical evaluation of their relevance for understanding diversity in educational institutions and in creating pedagogies that meet the diverse needs of students.

BEF
538
Hours
3
Values and Ethics in Interprofessional Education

Online course. An examination of how psychological, sociological, and philosophical research on the nature of ethical judgment, social norms, and moral knowledge informs interprofessional practice. Online course.

BEF
553
Hours
3
History of US Higher Education

No description available.

BEF
575
Hours
3
Found Educn Through Film

One of the most powerful media for awakening and reflecting on ideas is film. This course uses various films with educational themes to examine social and philosophical issues in education.

BEF
577
Hours
3
Readings in Critical Sociology of Education

Readings in Critical Sociology of Education will provide graduate students with post introduction type of readings into significant theories and theorists of the sociology of education from a critical perspective. This perspective will give students a conceptual tool to interpret important theoretical frameworks necessary for research into educational issues. Prerequisite - Admission into Graduate School.

BEF
585
Hours
3
Language Politics & Education

This course provides students a broad overview of language policy and planning. Drawing on international case studies, students will identify different foci of language planning, including status, corpus, and acquisition planning, as well as the different linguistic and political views that inform policy.

BEF
607
Hours
3
Readings In Soc Of Ed

Individualized readings in the sociology of education, with a focus on the educator as reflective practitioner and facilitator of learning.

BEF
639
Hours
3
Educ Theory And Policy

A critique of educational theory (learning, curricular, instructional, administrative) and its implications for policy making.

BEF
640
Hours
3
Studies History Of Education

A critical examination of significant events, movements, or individuals in the history of education.

BEF
641
Hours
3
Studies Social Foundatn Eductn

A special topics course providing an in-depth analysis of important individuals, theories, and contemporary issues in the social foundations of education.

BEF
642
Hours
3
Studies Philosophy Education

This course provides in-depth analyses of important individuals, ideas, or concepts that have helped to develop, expand, or shed light on our philosophical understandings of the myriad and contested purposes, policies, and practices of schooling.

BEF
644
Hours
3
Phil Science Rel Ed Res

An inquiry into the basic assumptions and principles underlying scientific research in education. Offered spring semester.

BEF
650
Hours
3
Critical Race Theory In Educ

This seminar explores the history, theory, and educational implications of critical race theory in the areas of pedagogy, curriculum, and educational policy.

BEF
653
Hours
3
Studies in Higher Ed History

A critical examination of significant events, movements, or individuals in the history of higher education.

BEF
654
Hours
3
Phil & Amer Higher Ed

An analysis of the language, concepts, and value judgments embedded in higher-education policy issues.

BEF
667
Hours
3
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp

An advanced inquiry into contemporary social and cultural dimensions of education and their relationships to leadership. Includes issues of diversity, gender, ethnicity, pluralism, and equality.

BEF
681
Hours
3
Ethics And Education

An exploration and examination of traditional and contemporary ethical issues confronting educational leaders, managers, and teachers at all levels of the educational process. Emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to foundations in ethical theory and establishing a conceptual framework for the resolution of moral and ethical questions prevalent across the educational spectrum.

BEF
698
Hours
1
Non-Dissertation Research

Individual research in history, philosophy, or sociology of education.

Computers and Applied Technology

CAT
520
Hours
3
Computer Graphics Education

Application course dealing with the use of graphics in learning, including implications for designing materials for education and training applications. Core of course is student's individual product development and research.

CAT
531
Hours
3
Computer Based Instruction

This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of computer applications for educational use. The course explores current and emerging tools and trends for online learning strategies, communication, productivity, presentation, research, and classroom administration.

CAT
532
Hours
3
Curric Emerg Instruct Technol

The course focuses on the educational applications of emerging chronologies, including Internet, fax, bulletin boards, voice mail, and networks. Students will use electronic mail and transfer files through Internet. Production skills are required in desktop publishing and use of graphics, including draw and paint programs and animation. A significant part of the course concerns production in hypermedia software. Also, students will engage in the uses of telecommunications other than computer, such as one-way interactive satellite class, two-way video phone course sequence transmission, and two-way IITS instructional event.

CAT
534
Hours
3
Issues Trends Educ Technology

Study of current issues and trends affecting educational computing. Examines emerging technologies; legal, social, and ethical issues affecting technology; technology funding and grants; technology planning; professional development; and multicultural issues.

CAT
589
Hours
3
Pract Res Educ Comptr Tech

Students pursue individual research in educational computer technology; they are required to implement, analyze, and report findings in APA format.