Featured Courses - Centers
The courses below are taught in-person at our Falls Church and Richmond Centers. All have have convenient class schedules for working professionals. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
Falls Church Classes
ADMINISTRATION & SUPERVISION:
EDLF 7140 - School as Learning Communities
Few would argue that the pace of change is accelerating in our schools with an emphasis on accountability and school improvement as realities that educators face on a daily basis. As school leaders struggle to re-invent their schools, it has become increasingly clear to many leading educational researchers that a powerful means of school renewal is through a culture and orientation towards professional learning. In this course, students investigate the construct of schools as high performing learning communities for both students and teachers.
EDLF 7806 - School and Community Relations
The purpose of this course is facilitate the understanding and application of the philosophy, principles, techniques, and practices involved in a desirable school and community relations program. Special attention is given to the role of school administrators in coordinating building-level communication and outreach networks
EDLF 7807 - The School Principalship
The role of principal is complex and demanding, but no other individual is better positioned to impact student achievement and faculty morale. Effective principals set direction, develop staff, and help to design and sustain successful learning environments. This course addresses these critical functions as well as three competencies in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders -- knowledge of 1) human growth and development, 2) systems and organizations, and 3) theories, models, and principles of organizational development.
EDIS 5040 - Psychoeducational Assessment Techniques: Exceptional Individual
Prepares teachers of exceptional children to administer, score, and interpret several standard educational instruments; to use informal procedures in educational assessment; and to interpret the combined results of psychological, sociological, medical, and educational assessments as they apply to the development and evaluation of individualized educational plans.
EDIS 5041 - Behavioral & Classroom Management
Examination of principles and applications of behavior analysis in education settings. Students learn fundamental concepts of human behavior as well as procedures for managing classroom behavior and routines for establishing positive learning environments.
ADMINISTRATION & SUPERVISION:
EDLF 7810 - School Law
The purpose of this course is to explore legal issues relevant to education. Basic legal principles and guidelines for assisting administrators in fulfilling their many duties in schools are developed. The tensions and legal controversies that contribute to and in many ways shape the teaching and learning environments of public education in the United States are explored and discussed. Legal opinions and the analysis of selected cases provide the content for the course. The material is intended to assist school personnel in understanding the current application of the law and to encourage further and continuous study of the law. Knowledge and understanding of educational law allows educators to avoid harmful litigation and to interpret legal mandates and statutes in such a way that educational opportunities for all students are enhanced.
EDLF 7811 - Intro to Supervision of Instruction
This course provides students with a conceptual and philosophical framework for supervision of instruction. It entails an analysis of basic concepts involved in modern educational supervision and provides the aspiring or practicing administrator with the tools required to link evaluation and development with best educational practice. Additionally, students will develop a personal vision of supervision related to teacher performance, professional and state standards, teacher and student interventions, and accountability outcomes such as student achievement.