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School Administration
EDUC-640

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

An examination of the administrative roles in the design, implementation and improvement of the total educational program in private and public schools. Specific areas of study include curriculum and instruction, pupil and staff personnel, student activities, school organization and management.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Background Check Clearance with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5

Rationale

The leadership of a school is a key factor in the success or failure of the school’s programs. This course provides an overview to enable prospective administrators to gain an understanding of their leadership role through readings, personal reflection, and pedagogical interaction. This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine their own personal leadership values and to explore relevant problems and strategies for resolution.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a vision of learning.
  2. Develop an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Manage the school organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with faculty and community members to address community needs.
  5. Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Respond to the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Claxton, R. L. (Ed). (2019). Public & private school administration: An overview in Christian perspective, 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 9781524987657.

www.LiveText.com membership: This is a website for portfolio development and the submission of major course assignments. Please note: Your one-time LiveText subscription purchase lasts for a period of 5 years and is required for all candidates seeking licensure.  LiveText is required in the following Virginia state-approved, licensure programs: M.A.T. in Elementary Education, M.A.T. in Middle Education, M.A.T. in Secondary Education, M.A.T. in  Special Education, M.Ed. Reading Specialist, M.Ed. Math Specialist, M.Ed. Administration & Supervision, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Gifted Education, and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Early Childhood Education. ISBN: 9780979663567.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Vision Analysis and Revision Process

The candidate will report, evaluate, review, and revise a school’s or district’s vision/purpose statement. This must be between 300–500 words. (MLO: A, D, E.)

Practicum Proposal Form

The candidate is required to complete 30 practicum hours in a school in order to pass this course.

Case Studies (2)

The candidate will access each Case Study by a link and code that will be provided by the instructor. Each Case Study must be a minimum of 1,000 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

Data Analysis and Goals

The candidate will gather and analyze multiple types of school data and then list 3–5 goals for school improvement. (MLO: B, C, E, F.)

Implementation Plan

The candidate will complete an Implementation Plan that covers resource management, implementation, and monitoring progress. A template will be provided in Blackboard. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

SIP PowerPoint Presentation

The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation that will be intended for a school board or a parent-teacher organization. In addition to summarizing the School Improvement Plan elements, the presentation is to indicate clearly how it was developed and will be implemented with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner. This presentation must include a minimum of 15 slides. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

School Improvement Plan

The candidate will complete this on the template that is provided in LiveText. This will enable the candidate to upload the previously completed Blackboard coursework into LiveText. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

Field Experience Summary (FES)

The candidate will complete this in the provided form and include relevant information from the practicum. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Field Experience Assessment (FEA)

The candidate’s onsite mentor will complete the FEA online. The mentor will receive an e-mail from Liberty with a link, username, and password to access the FEA. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Exams (2)

The candidate will complete a Midterm Exam and Final Exam in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5–6 essay questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 30 pts ea)

120

Vision Analysis and Revision Process

50

Practicum Proposal Form

20

Case Studies (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Data Analysis and Goals

100

Implementation Plan

100

SIP PowerPoint Presentation

100

School Improvement Plan

100

Field Experience Summary (FES)

50

Field Experience Assessment (FEA)

50

Midterm Exam

(Modules 1–4)

50

Final Exam

(Modules 5–8)

60

Total

1010

Course Policies

LiveText Submission Policy

All LiveText assignments must be submitted to Blackboard and LiveText in order for the candidate to receive credit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 640

Textbook: Claxton, Public & Private School Administration (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Claxton: Introduction, ch. 1

2 presentations

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

DB Forum 1: Thread

Introduction/Welcome Thread

10

0

*

0

2

Claxton: chs. 2–3

2 presentations

DB Forum 1: Replies

Vision Analysis and Revision Process

Practicum Proposal Form

30

50

20

3

Claxton: chs. 4–5

3 presentations

DB Forum 2: Thread

Case Study 1

*

100

4

Claxton: chs. 6–7

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 2: Replies

Data Analysis and Goals

Midterm Exam

30

100

50

5

Claxton: ch. 8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3: Thread

Implementation Plan

*

100

6

Claxton: ch. 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 3: Replies

Case Study 2

30

100

7

Claxton: ch. 10

2 presentations

DB Forum 4: Thread

SIP PowerPoint Presentation

*

100

8

Claxton: ch. 11

1 presentation

DB Forum 4: Replies

School Improvement Plan

Field Experience Summary (FES)

Field Experience Assessment (FEA)

Final Exam

30

100

50

50

60

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board; * = A grade will be assigned once the thread and replies have been submitted.

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.