Educational Leadership

Katherine Curry, PhD—Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator (School Administration)

Educational leadership emphasizes three areas: School Administration, Higher Education and College Student Development. The PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is offered with options in Educational Administration and Higher Education; the Doctorate in Education (EdD) is offered in School Administration. The Master of Science degree is offered with options in School Administration (a 36-hour program designed for those who aspire to the principalship), Higher Education Administration (a 36-hour program that prepares individuals for leadership positions in all levels in post-secondary institutions); and College Student Development (a 42-hour program that prepares individuals for positions in service delivery areas of student affairs). Admissions to the graduate programs in Educational Leadership are competitive and based on multiple factors.

EDLE 5000 Thesis Or Report

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Master's students may earn up to two hours of credit for a report or six hours of credit for a thesis. Students working on a specialist's report may earn a maximum of 10 hours of credit. Previously offered as EAHE 5000. Offered for variable credit, 1-10 credit hours, maximum of 10 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-10

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5253 The Principalship

Prerequisites: 5000-level course in school administration or equivalent.

Description: Strategies, techniques and solutions used by the principal in the administration and leadership of a public school. Previously offered as EDLE 6253.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5323 School Finance

Description: Development of conceptual bases in economics of education, taxation, distribution systems, policy analysis; application to Oklahoma school finance; and introduction to budget development. Previously offered as EDLE 6323.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5473 Supervision of Instruction

Description: Application of modern approaches to instructional supervision through practice in recording and analyzing teacher behavior in actual classroom settings. Clinical and group methods for improving instruction. Previously offered as EDLE 6473.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5720 Education Workshop

Description: Analysis of organizational, administrative, and instructional problems by common schools and higher education personnel. Previously offered as EAHE 5720. Offered for variable credit, 1-6 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-8

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5723 Education Law

Description: Study of the legal framework of education (constitutional law, case law, and Oklahoma law) with emphases on church-state issues, tort liability, teachers' rights, and student rights.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5813 Leadership Theory and Ethical Decision Making

Description: Developing understanding of leadership theory and issues related to decision-making in educational settings. Exploring leadership and decision-making within an ethical context. Previously offered as EAHE 5813.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5883 Field Studies Internship I

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Directed internship experiences designed to relate ideas and concepts to problems encountered in education by faculty and administrators. Additional flat fee of $150.00 applies. Previously offered as EDLE 5880.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5893 Field Studies Intern II

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Directed advance internship experiences designed to relate ideas and concepts to problems encountered in educational organizations by faculty and administrators. Additional flat fee of $75.00 applies.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 5953 Developing Educational Organizations

Prerequisites: EDLE 5813.

Description: Understanding and critically analyzing conventional and novel approaches to the climate and governance of schools and higher education.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6000 Doctoral Dissertation

Description: Required of all candidates for the Doctor of Education degree. Credit given upon completion of the thesis. Previously offered as EAHE 6000. Offered for variable credit, 1-15 credit hours, maximum of 15 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-15

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6003 Educational Ideas

Description: Decision-making processes used in educational systems and use of modern technologies for curricular enhancement and professional development. Previously offered as EAHE 6003.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Tchg & Curr Leadership

EDLE 6143 Resources for the Study of Educational Leadership

Description: Introduction to research traditions, tools and processes that are integral to the study of educational leadership.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6243 Connecting Theory and Practice in Administering Schools

Description: Application of research findings and theoretical concepts to best practice in administering educational organizations. Previously offered as EAHE 6243.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6343 Problem Solving in School Administration

Description: Identifying and analyzing administrative problems, individually and collectively, in school settings.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6353 The Superintendency

Description: Integration of theory and practice through examination of roles and responsibilities of the superintendent. Particular emphasis on leadership, communications, and the changing nature of public education. Previously offered as EAHE 6353.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6363 Special Topics in School Finance Policy

Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate College and EDLE 5323 or equivalent.

Description: Investigation of problems in education finance policy within the interconnected concepts of liberty, equity, equality, adequacy and efficiency.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6393 The Human Factor in Administering Schools

Description: Analysis and critique of current issues in school personnel administration such as recruitment, selection, promotion, morale, salary, staff relations and teacher assessment. Previously offered as EAHE 6393.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6420 Politics of Education

Credit hours: 2-3

Contact hours: Other: 2

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Tchg & Curr Leadership

EDLE 6423 The Politics of Education

Description: Activities of schools as they relate to the political environment, e.g., voter behavior, change strategies and community power structures. Previously offered as EDLE 6420.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6453 Special Topics in Education Law

Description: Analysis and critique of selected topics in school law relating to public school administration. Previously offered as EAHE 6453.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6483 School Leadership, Culture and Ethics

Prerequisites: Admission to the School Administration doctoral program.

Description: Ethical dilemmas and leadership are explored. Personal ethics are studied in terms of integrity in leadership roles.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6493 School Improvement/Reform

Prerequisites: Admission to the School Administration doctoral program.

Description: Focus on the theory and practice of school improvement/reform, especially addressing conditions of underachievement and performance gaps among diverse populations. Knowledge and skill related to understanding evaluating, and implementing school improvement/reform practices. Addresses Oklahoma licensure standards related to the provision of effective instructional practices.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6603 Organizational Theory in Education

Description: Selected organizational typologies, conceptualizations and theoretical frameworks as they relate to organizational behavior and behavior of personnel in organizations. Previously offered as EAHE 6603.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6633 School Leadership and Community Collaboration

Description: Promoting student success, school mission and goals through collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. Previously EDLE 5633.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6650 Problems in Educational Administration

Description: Special administrative problem in common schools or higher education, e.g., school plant, school/community relations, administration and the instructional programs, attrition and finance. Previously offered as EAHE 6650. Offered for variable credit, 1-4 credit hours, maximum of 8 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-4

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6710 Special Problems

Description: Assists administrators with either recurrent or unique problems arising in common schools or in higher education. Emphasizes evaluation and planning related especially to staff, programs and faculty needs. Previously offered as EAHE 6710. Offered for variable credit, 1-4 credit hours, maximum of 8 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-4

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6850 Directed Reading

Description: Directed reading for students with graduate standing. Previously offered as EAHE 6850. Offered for variable credit, 1-4 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-4

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6853 Research Traditions in Educational Leadership

Description: Educational research design (including literature review, elements of a research proposal, and major research paradigms) supporting the field of School Administration. May not be used for degree credit with HESA 6853.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6870 Seminar

Description: Topical issues related to administration and/or higher education, including research techniques available to analyze such topics. Previously offered as EAHE 6870. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-3

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6873 Leading Schools with Data

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Description: Practical applications of "data informed" decision making from a systems perspective with a focus on identifying, collecting, organizing, and analyzing school district level data.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6883 Internship in Education I

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Directed internship experiences designed to relate ideas and concepts to problems encountered in education by faculty and administrators. Additional flat fee of $75.00 applies. Previously offered as EDLE 6880.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6893 Internship in Education II

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Field experiences in a variety of educational work settings. Additional flat fee of $75.00 applies.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: Educational Studies

EDLE 6910 Practicum

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Description: Required of all candidates for the Specialist in Education degree. Designed to help the student carry out an acceptable field study or research problem. Credit given upon completion of the written report. Offered for variable credit, 1-5 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-5

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Graduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: Educational Studies

Three degrees are offered with a specialization in School Administration:

M.S. in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in School Administration

M.S. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in School Administration:  To be considered for admission to the M.S. program in School Administration, applicants are expected to have an earned baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale), a minimum two years of teaching experience, and career goals that match the program. Applicants must provide appropriate recommendations (3), the required essays, and a recent Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Students currently enrolled in the program have an average MAT score of 57/410 or GRE scores of Verbal 149 (437) and Quantitative 145 (541). Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with program faculty.  Applications for the M.S. in School Administration are accepted on a rolling basis; an applicant’s file will be reviewed when all materials have been received and notification of the admission decision will follow shortly thereafter. 

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in School Administration

To be considered for admission to the Ed.D. program in School Administration, applicants must possess an earned master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and career goals consistent with SA program goals. The online application must include a career objectives statement, a current vita or resume, a description of relevant work experience, samples of scholarly work, a critical issues essay, three letters of recommendation, and a recent MAT or GRE score. Students recently admitted to the Ed.D. program have an average MAT score of 422 or GRE scores of Verbal 157 (560) and Quantitative 150 (630).  Review of applications for doctoral programs will begin after March 15, the deadline for receipt of all application materials.  Notification of decisions will follow soon thereafter.  

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies/Educational Administration

Applicants for Ph.D. program in Educational Administration must provide a current academic vita/resume, a career objective essay, a critical issue essay, two examples of written work, three letters of recommendation, and GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores.  The expected minimum scores are Verbal - 153, Quantitative - 149, and Writing - 4.5 for exams taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011.  For exams taken prior to Aug. 1, 2011, expected minimum scores are Verbal - 500, Quantitative - 610, and Writing - 4.5.  GRE scores must not be over five years old at the time of application review.  Additionally, program faculty may request an interview with the applicant.  The Ph.D. requires a one year residency of at least nine hours for two semesters during coursework completion.  Review of applications for doctoral programs will begin after March 15, the deadline for submission of all application materials; all materials must be received by the COE Graduate Studies office on or before the application deadline.  Notification of decisions will follow soon thereafter. .

EdS The Educational Specialist Degree

The Educational Specialist degree in educational administration at Oklahoma State University - College of Education is a 36-credit-hour, post Master’s program that provides advanced graduate work for school leadership and administration. The focus is to prepare individuals for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in building and central office administration. Specific courses applied to the doctoral program are determined in consultation with the academic advisor and the School Administration Program Coordinator.

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time.  Admissions are made on a rolling basis; students should receive notification of admission status within 4-6 weeks after all application materials are received.  Admission review is initiated when applicants have applied to the Graduate College and their completed admission folders have been sent to College of Education for faculty review.  

Minimum Background Requirements

Ed.S. Applicants must have:
•  A Master's from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA, 
•  GRE or MAT scores - (A test score, no older than 5 years, from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is equally accepted.
•  Approval of the admissions committee
•  TOEFL or IELTS (if required to establish English proficiency) 

Documents Required to be Submitted for Admission Review

•  OSU Graduate application, including transcripts
•  Typewritten goals statement (about 500 words) consistent with mission of school leadership
•  Writing sample
•  Current Resume (include a list of three references with contact information)
•  Three letters of reference

Interview

The program faculty may request an interview with applicants as a requirement for admission.