Houston Baptist University Catalog

Educational Administration (EDAD) Course Descriptions


EDAD 5306 Educational Applications of Technology
The goal of this course is to provide a combination of hands-on and student-centered experiences with administrative and instructional technology applications. These experiences will provide students with a working knowledge of electronic systems that manage student data, curriculum, assessment instruments, and on-line resources. (Offered also as EDUC 4306/5306.)

EDAD 5319 Internet Resource Management
Prerequisite: None
Internet Resource Management is designed to allow participants to experience appropriate uses of technology as a learner, and thus better use technology in teaching and learning. The digital world can produce a management nightmare without the proper tools for resource management. The goal of this course is to provide a combination of hands-on and student-centered experiences that will assist in the management of Internet resources. These experiences will enable participants to search for information, share information, generate materials, and evaluate web-based instructional materials. Instructional strategies will focus on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of Internet resources that address appropriate educational needs. Graduate students will create a group of 4 inquiry based Webquest and make it available online for students.

EDAD 5320 Systems Thinking: Theory and Application
Prerequisites: EDAD 5306
This class will provide an overview, background, and foundation in systems theory and performance technology. This focus will assist in developing a vision of teaching and learning with technology as a major component. Topics covered include performance technology, general systems theory, needs assessment, and change management. A class project, including a needs assessment and final report of potential solutions, is required of all students.

EDAD 6181 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDAD 6281 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDAD 6291 Internship in the Principalship
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 24 hours in the EDAD program
This course provides for administrative internship at the home campus of the student with the supervision of a campus-based administrator and a university supervisor.

EDAD 6292 Internship in the Principalship
Prerequisites: EDAD 6291 and completion of at least 24 hours in the EDAD program
This is the second course in the Internship and is recommended for the summer term. The student shadows an administrator in a summer school session. The internship is scheduled in a district other than the employing district of the student.

EDAD 6301 Administrative Theory and Practice
Analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns. Study of conceptual models in decision-making. Examination of theory and practice as they relate to continuing problems of school administration.

EDAD 6302 Instructional Leadership and Evaluation
Study of major issues, problems, and trends in the K-12 curriculum from an administrative point of view. Analysis of leadership skills required of the principal in the areas of supervision, group processes, organization for school improvement, and staff development techniques. Emphasis on strategies for stimulating, implementing, and evaluating alternatives in curriculum and instruction. Development of skill in use of the Professional Development Appraisal System.

EDAD 6303 School Law
Legal basis of education at national, state, and local levels. Major court decisions affecting organization and administration of public and private schools. Legal rights and responsibilities of school administrators and other school personnel.

EDAD 6304 School Business Management and Finance
Study of roles, responsibilities, systems, and procedures in school business matters. Includes budgeting, accounting, data processing, purchasing, personnel, and management of facilities, equipment, and real property. Examination of federal, state, and local programs to finance education.

EDAD 6307 Classroom Management
A study of a broad spectrum of approaches to classroom management, including authoritarian, behavior-modification, group-process, instructional, and psycho-emotional-climate orientations. Examination of research regarding effective classroom management. Exploration of multiple strategies for handling common classroom management problems. (Offered also as EDUC 6301.)

EDAD 6308 The Role of the Principal
Study of the roles and responsibilities in the administration of elementary, middle, and secondary schools, with focus on the principal¿s professional relations with teachers, parents, pupils, educational leaders within the district, and the board of education. Analysis of the role of the principal in curriculum development, organization, and evaluation; school organization; discipline; student behavior; community relations; the teaching/learning process; in-service training; and leadership in teacher growth and evaluation. Emphasis is on the personal qualities of leadership conducive to good human relations.

EDAD 6309 The School and Its Instructional Program
Factors influencing school curriculum in grades K-12 are studied. Included are the components of the curriculum: organization of the curriculum; how curriculum is changed; how new curriculum is developed; and the curriculum programs in elementary and secondary schools.

EDAD 6310 Applications of Educational Research
A study of investigations relating to schooling with applications suitable to the role of the principal. Includes examination of reports from abstracts and original sources, valid research criteria in making written evaluations, and applications in specific field settings. (Offered also as EDUC 6320 and PSYC 6320.)

EDAD 6313 School Personnel Leadership
An integration of personnel leadership skills required in the legal, academic, and administrative considerations of regular and special school programs. Included are state and federal regulations.

EDAD 6381 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.