Courses

  • SED AP 500: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open to undergraduate students only. approval of advisor, the facultymember who is to supervise the study, and department chairman.
    Open to undergraduate students only. Prereq: approval of advisor, the faculty member who is to supervise the study, and department chair. Plans must be submitted in advance of registration on a form obtained from the department office. Variable cr, either sem.
  • SED AP 550: Perspectives on Higher Education
    An introduction to the history and philosophy of higher education in Europe and America. Focus on the interplay between the goals of the university and the demands placed on higher education by society. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 551: Issues in Higher Education Administration
    Examines crucial issues facing higher education administration, including curriculum, governance, finance, and mission. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 553: Student Affairs in Higher Education
    Many valuable university lessons are learned outside of the classroom. Through selected readings, class discussion, and guest lectures, this course will provide an overview of non-academic learning opportunities for student fostered by the departments that constitute student affairs divisions. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 600: Diversity and Justice in Education
    How schools, colleges, and other education settings are affected by the growing pluralism of our society; the tension between respect for diversity and the maintenance of common purpose. Strategies of integration and separate development and of remediation and enrichment. 4cr, either sem.
  • SED AP 630: Education and Religion
    The relationship of government with schools and colleges based on religious convictions and the efforts of educators to shape and maintain a distinctive character in such institutions. Issues of educational freedom and the rights of parents from historical and comparative international perspectives. Students prepare a paper on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. (Also offered as STH TE 845.)
  • SED AP 662: Strategic Planning and Implementation
    This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead a department, organization, school and/or school district in planning more effectively for a constantly changing internal and external environment. Emphasis will be placed on the components and the discipline of strategic planning and implementation. Primarily through in-class workshops, supplemented by lectures, presentations, readings, assignments and other activities, students will learn about the entire strategic planning and implementation process, applying the concepts and skills learned to their own practice as aspiring or developing leaders, and developing a strategic planning document on projects of their choice. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 702: Doctoral Colloquium in Educational Leadership and Development
    Provides students with an understanding of the basic purposes and essential logic of educational inquiry. Students critically examine and discuss selected policy studies, research reports, and literature reviews in order to understand the evidentiary requirements for making factual claims. Connections are drawn to issues of research design. 2cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 720: Performance-Based Instructional Leadership
    Utilizing theoretical constructs and practical experiences, this course is designed to prepare aspiring and developing principals, supervisors and other school leaders to organize, lead and transform schools and school systems into high performing organizations focused on student achievement. Through readings, case studies, presentations, independent and group work, and other activities, students will examine and analyze the qualities, characteristics, behaviors and practices of effective leaders, with an emphasis on effective instructional leadership. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 750: Educator Evaluation and Supervision
    Students examine alternative perspectives on the evaluation and supervision of educational personnel, including legal, philosophical, and empirical perspectives. Emphasis in supervision is on effective patterns of interpersonal communication between subordinate and supervisory personnel. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 751: Conflict Resolution
    Focuses on both conceptual and practical aspects of conflict resolution within an educational institution. Addresses the general characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of negotiation, ombudsman, mediation, and arbitration processes as they apply to conflicts that arise in an educational setting; factors influencing the outcome of a conflict resolution effort; ethical considerations in using conflict resolution processes; and existing programs for training educational administrators, teachers, and students in conflict resolution techniques.
  • SED AP 753: Educational Policy
    State and national policies affecting k-12 education in the United States. Debates about common state standards, testing, school finance, language of instruction, school autonomy, teacher quality, and the rights of parents. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 754: Educational Equity and the Law
    Student and teacher rights and equal opportunity in K-12 education. 2cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 755: Legal Issues in Higher Education
    Using the case method, this course considers issues that arise in the administration of institutions of higher education and the ethical and legal principles applicable to their resolution. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 757: School Labor Relations and Personnel Management
    Focus on policies and procedures affecting personnel management in the schools. Topics include: collective bargaining; managing reduction in force; grievance processing; legal liability of employees and officials; and equality considerations in recruitment, promotion, and affirmative action. 2cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 758: School Governance, Finance, and Operations
    Focuses on the economics, politics, and administration of school finance from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the planning, policy, and procedural aspects of school funding, resource allocation, and school plant management. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 761: Organizational Analysis
    Students define and document organizational problems, identify positive and negative stakeholders, analyze possible problem causes using a range of theoretical frameworks, and examine alternative strategies for resolving or ameliorating the problem. Students should come to the first class with a specific organizational problem in mind and with sufficient knowledge of the organization to perform thorough and detailed analyses. Advanced copies of the syllabus are generally available several weeks in advance. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED AP 771: Advanced Policy Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: application required.
    Students use appropriate theories and methods to examine critically important policy issues in public and private education and in corporate training and development. Includes preparation for departmental comprehensive examination. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 801: Internship
    Part-time unpaid assignment in approved educational or community agency. Var.
  • SED AP 802: Practicum/Apprenticeship/Internship: Principals (Pre-K-6)
    Graduate Prerequisites: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure.
    Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites. Supervised field placement to demonstrate competencies in the principal's role. The internship requires 300 hours of supervised field placement. Open only to candidates for Massachusetts licensure as principals who have passed the School of Education Literacy Test. Var cr, either sem.