Girard School of Business

Program Sequence and Course Descriptions

Sequence of Courses for C.A.G.S. in Education Leadership

Students may complete the C.A.G.S. in Education Leadership in 18-24 months.  Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Courses required for PAL are marked with an asterisk and require two consecutive 8-week sessions.

Sequence of courses for C.A.G.S. in Education Leadership
Course Name When Offered
EDU 6930 - Leadership through a Vision of School Improvement* Fall
EDU 6907 - Advanced Leadership & Policy in Education Summer I (May-June)
EDU 6920 - Transformative & Collaborative Leadership* Spring
EDU 6950 - Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners Summer II (July-August)
EDU 6476 - Education Law & Policy Summer I (May-June)
EDU 6910 - School Finance & Operations Summer II (July-August)
EDU 6940 - Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness* Fall
CME 6420 - School, Family and Community Partnerships* Spring
EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-Based Research* (TBD based on student progression) Fall, Spring, Summer I & Summer II

PAL Preparation Sequence of Courses

Students interested in only the Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) Preparation will follow this sequence of courses.  

PAL Preparation Sequence of Courses
Course Name When Offered
EDU 6930 - Leadership through a Vision of School Improvement* Fall
EDU 6920 - Transformative & Collaborative Leadership* Spring
EDU 6940 - Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness* Fall
CME 6420 - School, Family and Community Partnerships* Spring
EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-Based Research* (optional) Summer (May-August)

Course Descriptions

CME 6420 - School, Family, and Community Partnership

This course considers the roles of schools in communities and explores methods and models to engage families and communities to maximize student learning and development. Included in this course are issues such as community centers, parent involvement, and interagency collaboration.

EDU 6476 - Education Law and Policy

In this course students will look at the legal aspects of schools and education in student, teacher, and administrator terms. Laws governing religious freedom, free speech, due process, students and parents’ rights, as well as privacy laws will be examined. Attention will be given to the American Disabilities Act, Special Education Laws, harassment, and equity regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sex orientation. Laws concerning general school operations, the dissemination of information, permissions, and safety of the preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary levels will be examined.

EDU 6907 - Advanced Leadership & Policy in Education

In this course students will examine the principles, values and beliefs that inform contemporary educational leadership and look critically at the contextual factors that influence how leaders function in schools and school districts. Students will consider the social, economical, historical and political forces that shape school conditions and review the changing impact of federal policy and national strategies on local educational settings.

EDU 6910- School Finance and Operations

This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of school finance and operations. Topics include roles and responsibilities of management vs. the school committee, financial management (budgeting, funds types and properties, financial reporting, internal controls, procurement law and requirements), infrastructure and support services, and human resources (payroll and benefit considerations).

EDU 6920 - Transformative and Collaborative Leadership

In this course, students will examine and apply the components of strategy development. Students will consider collaborative leadership through the study of high functioning teams and by analyzing their current team structure. Attention will be given to implementing effective strategies for conflict management. Students will learn to foster a professional learning community culture by using structured learning activities to improve teachers’ knowledge and skills. Students will utilize the structure of a PLC to investigate effective technology leadership and communication.

EDU 6930 - Leadership Through a Vision of School Improvement

This course will address the demand for leaders to respond to external accountability measures and the use of data to guide the practices of teaching and learning in K-12. Students examine and apply the components of effective transformational strategy development. Students will collect and analyze data, prioritize focus areas and develop a school vision and improvement plan for one-school based priority area.

EDU 6940 - Leadership in Observing, Assessing, and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness

Students in this course will explore the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes central to instructional leadership and supervision. They will become familiar with the observing and analyzing teaching and administrator performance using the Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation. Students will complete fieldwork including planning for an observation, conducting an observation, analyzing the observation and student performance data, providing feedback, and planning support for an individual teacher.

EDU 6950 - Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners

Educational leaders in the United States serve students from diverse backgrounds. Leaders influence the extent to which these diverse groups of students have access to a challenging and rigorous curriculum, appropriate educational services, and achieve academic success and preparation for their future. This course will examine critical issues related to providing leadership for diverse student populations. Educational leaders will develop an understanding of what it means to be culturally responsive and learn strategies to rectify inequities that exist in schools. Special attention will be given to the supporting an effective learning environment for English Language Learners.

EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-Based Research

Students in a non-licensure track will complete a comprehensive research project that deals with an essential question of substance as it relates to his/her current practice. Students in the licensure track will work on artifacts, documents, and commentary for the four Tasks required for submission for state licensure. Students will report the findings and recommendations to the class. This project will be completed under the direction of a faculty member of the Graduate Education Department.