2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 03, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, MS

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(For International Applicants Only)


Joseph Shedd, 150 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2685, jbshedd@syr.edu

The M.S. degree in Educational Leadership is reserved for international students with teaching experience only.

Inherent in the design of the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program is a definition of educational leadership exercised by teachers and other school professionals as well as administrators-a definition that requires our graduate students to grapple with a variety of theoretical and policy perspectives, and challenges them to identify and address the tensions inherent in different ways of understanding the purposes and processes of education.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.ELCC Standard 1.0.  An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by collaboratively facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a shared school vision of learning through the collection and use of data to identify school goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and implement school plans to achieve school goals; promotion of continual and sustainable school improvement; and evaluation of school progress and revision of school plans supported by school-based stakeholders.

2.ELCC Standard 2.0: An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning through collaboration, trust, and a personalized learning environment with high expectations for students; creating and evaluating a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent curricular and instructional school program; developing and supervising the instructional and leadership capacity of school staff; and promoting the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning within a school environment.

3.ELCC Standard 3.0: An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by ensuring the management of the school organization, operation, and resources through monitoring and evaluating the school management and operational systems; efficiently using human, fiscal, and technological resources in a school environment; promoting and protecting the welfare and safety of school students and staff; developing school capacity for distributed leadership; and ensuring that teacher and organizational time is focused to support high-quality instruction and student learning.

4.ELCC Standard 4.0: An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources on behalf of the school by collecting and analyzing information pertinent to improvement of the school’s educational environment; promoting an understanding, appreciation, and use of the diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources within the school community; building and sustaining positive school relationships with families and caregivers; and cultivating productive school relationships with community partners.

5.ELCC Standard 5.0: An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner to ensure a school system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success by modeling school principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior as related to their roles within the school; safeguarding the values of democracy, equity, and diversity within the school; evaluating the potential moral and legal consequences of decision making in the school; and promoting social justice within the school to ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling.

6.ELCC Standard 6.0: An  education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context through advocating for school students, families, and caregivers; acting to influence local, district, state, and national decisions affecting student learning in a school environment; and anticipating and assessing emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt school-based leadership strategies.


Major Requirements

Our program reflects these principles by requiring students to confront the demands of providing leadership for learning in both field and academic settings and by expecting them to integrate the insights afforded by each. We meet these objectives by cultivating closer connections between the university and the field, through active involvement of field leaders in the admissions, advising, instruction, and assessment processes, and through intensive involvement of students in a variety of forms of research, development, inquiry, and service in actual school settings.

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