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Program Components

All students in the program enroll in core courses providing a comprehensive view of educational leadership and in a capstone involving field-based work or research.

Within this common framework, students specialize through their field-based experiences in preparing for roles as teacher leader, department head, lead teacher, or curriculum coordinator. The core includes classes in advanced leadership and policy, collaborative leadership, school law, and school, family and community partnerships. For those students seeking more specialized courses, the program offers additional courses in school finance and operations, supervision and evaluation, supervision of instruction for English Language Learners, and how to use data for school improvement. 

LEADERSHIP - ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSURE

Core Courses

  • CME 6420 - School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • EDU 6920 - Transformative & Collaborative Leadership
  • EDU 6930 - Leadership through a Vision of School Improvement
  • EDU 6940 - Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness
  • EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-based Research (capstone)

Elective Courses

  • EDU 6476 - Education Law & Policy
  • EDU 6907 - Advanced Leadership & Policy in Education
  • EDU 6910 - School Finance & Operations
  • EDU 6950 - Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners

All students will complete a course that will assist candidates with the preparation of the documents for the four administrative tasks required for submission for the PAL. Students will complete a 500-¬≠hour practicum experience in a Massachusetts public school that aligns with the level of administrative licensure sought by the candidate. A Program Supervisor and a Supervising Practitioner who maintain a principal license at the level sought by the candidate will supervise the candidate’s practicum experience.

LEADERSHIP - NON-LICENSURE

Core Courses

  • CME 6420 - School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • EDU 6476 - Education Law & Policy
  • EDU 6907 - Advanced Leadership & Policy in Education
  • EDU 6920 - Transformative & Collaborative Leadership
  • EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-based Research (capstone)

Elective Courses

  • EDU 6910 - School Finance & Operations
  • EDU 6930 - Leadership through a Vision of School Improvement
  • EDU 6940 - Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness
  • EDU 6950 - Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners

Students in the non-licensure track may select from the above courses as complementary courses to the core program components, or may choose electives from other graduate programs in the School of Education & Social Policy.  (K-12 Teacher Education; Higher Education; Community Engagement; School Counseling; Criminology & Criminal Justice) 

SCHOOL COUNSELING - NON-LICENSURE

Core Courses

  • EDU 6476 - Education Law & Policy
  • EDU 6907 - Advanced Leadership & Policy in Education
  • EDU 6920 - Transformative & Collaborative Leadership
  • EDU 6960 - Innovative Leadership: Project-based Research (capstone)

Elective Courses
Students select 20 credits from the following courses.

  • HDE 5011 - Mental Health First Aid (Youth)
  • SCC 5030 - Advanced Psychology of Learning and Assessment
  • SCC 5040 - Human Development and Addiction
  • SCC 6000 - Mental Health Assessment and Interventions in Schools

The following courses are required for the School Social Work/Adjustment Counseling license option.

  • CRM 6230 - Juvenile Justice and the Legal Rights of Children
  • SCC 6060 - Trauma Informed Counseling in Schools
  • SCC 6055 - Advanced Seminar in Youth Counseling and Services
  • SCC 6560 - School Adjustment Counseling Practicum I
  • SCC 6570 - School Adjustment Counseling Practicum II

The School Counseling Concentration integrates advanced education leadership course work with rigorous counseling, research and practice in the field of social/emotional learning, student support systems, therapeutic counseling techniques and college/career readiness. Students in the School Counseling track will select two additional electives in consultation with their advisor. 

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