Course Descriptions

The program at Lynchburg College is a 36-hour program and includes the following courses.

EDLS 609 Research Methods and Applications for Educational Leaders (3) Examines research methodology, tools, and resources available to the educational leader with emphasis on data-driven decision making at the school and division levels. Enables students to identify and apply relevant research to existing or emerging problems. Students develop an action research project or a school improvement plan based on school or division data.

EDLS 603 Legal and Ethical Issues (3) Explores the responsibility of the school as a social institution for students, parents, taxpayers, and employees; examines the legal framework of constitutional, case, and statute law, and ethical issues pertaining to schools; and identifies the implications for educational practice including special education.

EDCI 606 Effective Instructional Strategies (3) Focuses on research-based, scientifically-validated strategies for teaching students in the schools including those with disabilities. The course assists with the conceptualization, measurement, and improvement of classroom performance and management for grades K-12 and features a variety of organizational patterns and practices, approaches to instruction and their impact on students' learning, and instruments for evaluating teacher behavior in specific contexts.

EDCI 616 Curriculum Standards and Issues (3) Designed to assist teachers in the development of effective curriculum consistent with state standards and related to high levels of academic achievement in students. The course also focuses on contemporary issues relevant to curriculum including proposed state and federal initiatives that impact on standards, curriculum design, and school accreditation.

EDLS 613 Fiscal and Resource Accountability (3) Examines the multiple roles and responsibilities of leaders for establishing priorities, budget development and control, accounting procedures and safeguards, resource maintenance and management, and environmental safety.

EDLS 623 Personnel (3) Examines the theory and practice relative to effective human resource administration. Emphasis is placed on the recruitment, selection, educational development, evaluation, compensation, and legal rights of personnel.

EDLS 643 The Principalship (3) A study of the schools as semi-autonomous educational units within the structure of the state and the law, policy, and mandates including special education. Emphases are on developing knowledge and skill in the areas of shared decision-making, empowerment, developing a sense of ownership, and formative assessments of school effectiveness including special education.

EDLS 646 Improving the School Structure and Climate (3) Focuses on the forces and factors that influence the teaching/learning environment and encourages taking charge of change, as well as leading and facilitating the process and the people involved. Emphasis is on assessing current educational institutions and developing strategies for implementing improvements.

EDLS 653 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3) Focuses on the nature and function of supervision as a means to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness and examines the roles of the supervisor, the building administrator, and the teacher in establishing effective instruction in each classroom.

EDCI 690 Principles of Leadership (3)Emphasizes the study of leadership theories as they relate to prek-12 education, higher education, athletics, and any professional environment. Students will review current literature on leadership, analyze their own leadership style, and work to expand their capacity to lead through knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Communication skills, team building, and conflict management will be emphasized. Additional focus will be on developing leaders in a professional environment.

EDLS 698-699 Internship I, II (3, 3)Provides on-site experiences enabling the prospective administrator to observe, assist, and execute a wide range of leadership and administrative tasks associated with school principalship. The course takes place under the guidance and direction of a supervising principal and requires a two-semester sequential commitment.