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 754: Educational Equity and the Law
    Student and teacher rights and equal opportunity in K-12 education. 2 cr.
  • SED AP 755: Legal Issues in Higher Education
    This course is designed to assess issues that arise in the administration of higher education through the ethical and legal principles applicable to their resolution. Educational institutions experience difficult legal and policy decisions similar to every other industry, including, but not limited to, situations regarding freedom of speech, expression, and association; due process and right to privacy; discrimination on the basis of identity; use of alcohol; and, ownership and use of intellectual property. Students will examine the foundations of higher education law, analyze cases, and explore the application of the law in practice to help them make sound decisions in their roles in higher education. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 757: School Labor Relations and Personnel Management
    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. 2 cr.
  • 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. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 759: School Improvement Science and Implementation
    This course, "School Improvement Science and Implementation," is about the heart of the educational enterprise -- schools in which each and every student is intellectually and socially engaged, finds areas of interest and passion, feels known and cared for, and deserves a dignified next step. This is no easy task because the issues are complex. We will carefully examine ways in which collaboration -- within schools, and between practitioners, university researchers, and policy makers -- becomes a fundamental school improvement strategy. We will be guided by the work of Anthony Bryk et al, Charles Kenney, and by the experience and reflections of successful and respected school and school district leaders. We will examine the relationship between practice, research, and policy. There will be an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving in "networked improvement communities." We will carefully explore the history of education reform, and too often, education reform that fails to achieve its inspiring goals. We will work to create new knowledge that can interrupt the failure of school reform, particularly with students from low-income families.
  • SED AP 760: Group Problem Solving
    Emphasizes collaborative models for clarifying and solving problems. Simulations, case studies, and field projects are used as sources of information. The aim is to help students diagnose and solve educational organization problems they have identified. 4cr, 2nd 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. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 762: Advanced Budgeting, Finance and Labor Relations
    This course equips students with knowledge and skills needed to manage school finance, budgeting, labor and governance issues. Primarily through in-class case studies, supplemented by lectures, presentations, readings, assignments and other activities, students will learn about management and governance.
  • SED AP 763: Community Analysis
    This seminar analyzes case studies of disadvantaged urban and indigenous communities emerging from crisis and violent conflict in North America and developing countries to explore how diverse partners-- businesses, universities, religious, governmental, non-governmental and community-based organizations-- can collaborate to provide educational, capacity-building and community development services. A Community Education Leadership requirement.4cr,Summer Term.
  • SED AP 765: Education Politics: Local, State, and National
    Politics is about the way citizens in a town, city, state, nation decide to live together. This course is about the intersection of politics -- at the local, state, and federal level -- and the conduct of education in our schools.
  • 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. Instructor permission required. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 801: Professional Development Seminar
    Designed to assist students in making meaning of their assistantship, internship, or other field placement experiences in student affairs or academic affairs administration. Aligning experiential learning (jobs, assistantships, and internships) with academic courses, this course helps students apply theory to practice and prepare them for future administrative roles in higher education. Students apply theory to practice to prepare for future administrative roles in higher education. Part I: Institutional types and functional areas, practice self- management, analyze socialization practices, and examine professional competencies, standards, and associations. Part II: Implementation of professional development plans, preparation for the job search, supervision styles and skills, professional evaluations and feedback. 2 cr, May be repeated.
  • SED AP 802: Practicum/Apprenticeship/Internship: Principals (Pre-K-6)
    Graduate Prerequisites: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure.
    600 hours of supervised clinical experience in the role of a principal/assistant principal (300 hours/4 credits per semester, for two semesters). Through such a residency, students will assume responsibility for both routine activities and special assignments encompassing the four Massachusetts administrative leadership standards: Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. ? During each monthly seminar session, students will reflect on their activities and, in collaboration with the seminar leader, track their mastery of each standard and indicator. Open only to candidates for Massachusetts licensure as a principal/assistant principal who have completed at least 16 credits of coursework for initial licensure. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 803: Practicum/Apprenticeship/Internship: Principals (5-8)
    Graduate Prerequisites: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure.
    Practicum and Seminar: Principal/Assistant Principal (5-8) 600 hours of supervised clinical experience the role of a principal/assistant principal (300 hours/4 credits per semester, for two semesters). Through such a residency, students will assume responsibility for both routine activities and special assignments encompassing the four Massachusetts administrative leadership standards: Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. ?During each monthly seminar session, students will reflect on their activities and, in collaboration with the seminar leader, track their mastery of each standard and indicator. Open only to candidates for Massachusetts licensure as a principal/assistant principal who have completed at least 16 credits of coursework for initial licensure. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 804: Practicum/Apprenticeship/Internship: Principals (9-12)
    Graduate Prerequisites: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure.
    Practicum and Seminar: Principal/Assistant Principal (9-12) 600 hours of supervised clinical experience the role of a principal/assistant principal (300 hours/4 credits per semester, for two semesters). Through such a residency, students will assume responsibility for both routine activities and special assignments encompassing the four Massachusetts administrative leadership standards: ?Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. ?During each monthly seminar session, students will reflect on their activities and, in collaboration with the seminar leader, track their mastery of each standard and indicator. Open only to candidates for Massachusetts licensure as a principal/assistant principal who have completed at least 16 credits of coursework for initial licensure. ?4 cr.
  • SED AP 805: Practicum/Apprenticeship/Internship: Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
    Graduate Prerequisites: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure.
    600 hours of a superintendent/assistant (300 hours/4 credits per semester, for two semesters). Through such a residency, students will assume responsibility for both routine activities and special assignments encompassing the four Massachusetts administrative leadership standards: ? Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. ?During each monthly seminar session, students will reflect on their activities and, in collaboration with the seminar leader, track their mastery of each standard and indicator. Open only to candidates for Massachusetts licensure as a superintendent/assistant superintendent who have completed at least 16 credits of coursework for initial licensure. Graduate Prereq: Completion of 16 credits of coursework required for initial licensure. 4 cr.
  • SED AP 810: Prepracticum/Internship Seminar
    Students review current research on effective schooling and develop lans to complete the requirements for certification. Requires 75 hours of prepracticum field experience.
  • SED AP 811: Practicum/Internship Seminar
    Required concurrently with the practicum to complete evaluation of competencies and synthesize theory and practice; for principal and superintendent/assistant superintendent certification candidates.
  • SED AP 820: Clinical Practice: Principal/Assistant Principal
    Open to the matriculated graduate student who has already attained advanced provisional certification as a principal or an assistant principal and seeks standard certification. Minimum 400 hours required.
  • SED AP 900: Independent Study
    Graduate Prerequisites: Open to matriculated graduate degree and certificate candidates who have completed three or more semester courses.
    Prereq: Approval of advisor. Signed plan of study must be submitted in advance of registration on an Independent study form obtained from the SED Office of Records. Variable cr.