Courses

The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. Please refer to the published schedule of classes on the MyBU Student Portal for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times.

  • SED AP 641: Equity and Community Partnerships
  • SED AP 652: Accountability in Independent, Charter, and International Schools
    Methods and resources for student and staff accountability in free-standing schools. How assessment programs like the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests affect curriculum and school life. Leadership strategies for promoting a shared sense of mission in schools with diverse enrollment and administrative autonomy.
  • SED AP 660: Economics of Education Policy
    This course introduces students to how economists think about education and education policy. We first introduce methods to estimate policy impacts, then read evidence on a variety of pressing education policy issues.
  • SED AP 662: Strategic Planning and Implementation
    Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead or participate in strategic planning at the college/university, school or school district level. Students learn about the entire strategic planning and implementation process, applying the concepts and skills learned to their own practice as aspiring or developing leaders. Through this course, students also gain knowledge of how these organizations assess their mission, goals, and operations and create change in complex environments. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 663: Project Planning and Leadership
    Prereq: restricted to and required for MEd students in Tyngsboro. Introduction to tools and techniques used to successfully manage large, complex projects while simultaneously being flexible enough to manage simple projects such as planning a gathering or moving an office. Managers who possess these skills in today's fast- paced environment have a significant advantage over those who do not.
  • SED AP 664: Advanced Strategic Planning
    Focuses on implementation of strategic plans in large organizations. Resources, tools, equity mindset and management approaches are explored to support managing reform, building capacity and fostering innovation. Theories focus on equity in leadership, organizational development, collaboration and innovation.
  • SED AP 675: Teacher and School Leader Policy in the K-12 Sector
    This course surveys a range of topics related to human capital in the K-12 education sector, focusing mainly on various stages of the teacher and principal pipelines, as well as the education policies that impact their development and career outcomes.
  • SED AP 680: International Education Policy
    This course explores global perspectives of education policy by surveying historical, social, political, economic, and pedagogical issues that affect PK-20 education around the world within in the context of globalization and emerging international standard. 4 cr. Either sem.
  • SED AP 688: Getting to and Getting through: Enrollment & Student Success in U.S. Higher Education
    Who goes to college and who doesn't, and why? Who is responsible for paying for college? How do we define success in higher education and how does this influence policy and practice? Through these and other critical questions students will examine and reflect critically on the relevant theories, systems and evidential bases that shape our understanding of college access and student success. (4cr.)
  • SED AP 699: Current Issues in Higher Education: Policy and Practice
    Graduate Prerequisites: AP 601
    Students explore emerging issues in higher education through substantive analysis that illustrates the breadth, depth, and diversity of challenges to and responses from colleges and universities. Through the course, students will be asked to synthesize their prior learning and apply their professional experience to assess and design policy and practice responses to emerging issues. Classes will be a mixture of discussion, group work, and in-class exercises, and assignments will include a significant piece of individual work. prereq: AP 601. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 701: Doctoral Colloquium I
    Provides opportunity for (a) discussion of the nature of successful doctoral-level work, (b) reading and discussion of challenging materials, and (c) reflection on common themes among the department's diverse specializations. Strongly recommended for all new doctoral students in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies, and open to others with the permission of the instructor. 2 cr, 1st sem.
  • SED AP 702: Doctoral Colloquium in Educational Leadership and Development
    Develops 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. 2 cr.
  • SED AP 705: Leadership Seminar: Cultivating a Leadership Disposition: Growth Mindset, Perseverance, and Cultural Responsiveness
    The first of three summer two-credit seminars, this course is designed to help students develop the personal and professional dispositions they will need in order to exercise effective leadership in school- and district- based settings. Through an exploration of classic and current literature, students will come to understand the ways in which research and practice interact and inform each other; the theoretical studies presented in this seminar will be analyzed from the perspective of practitioners in a variety of educational settings, focusing on their real-life application to the challenges and opportunities educational leaders face every day. Class discussions, small group work, guest speakers, case studies and presentations afford students the occasion to engage scholarship in an active and practical manner.
  • SED AP 713: Instructional Leadership
    Examines the role of the principal in working with teachers and specialists to shape the educational program of a school and to set clear and measurable objectives for outcomes. Meeting the needs of inner-city pupils and responding to program mandates.
  • SED AP 720: Performance-Based Instructional Leadership
    Designed to prepare aspiring and developing school leaders to organize, lead and transform schools and school systems into high performing organizations focused on student achievement. Students will examine and analyze the qualities, characteristics, behaviors and practices of effective leaders, with an emphasis on effective instructional leadership. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 730: Innovation in Higher Education
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED AP 551 or SED AP 761.
    We live, study, and work in an era of upheaval in higher education. AP 730 explores how innovation occurs -- through contemporary examples, cases, projects, and guest speakers. We examine the influence of technology, public policy and social change -- and the role that faculty, administrators, and outside firms play in guiding change. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 750: Educator Evaluation and Supervision
    Develops an understanding of various legal, philosophical, and empirical perspectives on the evaluation and supervision of educational personnel. Emphasis in supervision is on effective patterns of interpersonal communication between subordinate and supervisory personnel. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 751: School Law
    During the last century, many of the greatest barriers to equality-- and many of the most important efforts to overcome such barriers -- have involved the law. Students in this course will learn about laws that impact our schools.
  • SED AP 752: Educational Politics: Local and State
    Political and policymaking processes at the state and local levels, illustrated by current issues and developments, including the role of interest groups, state standards and regulations, and initiatives in schools and higher education.
  • SED AP 753: Educational Policy
    Provides an overview of United States' educational policy with a special focus on academically at-risk populations (e.g., living in poverty, attending under- resourced schools, dual language learners, immigrant students, students from ethnic/racial minoritized backgrounds). 4 cr. Either sem.