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EDUL 8301 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Application of theories of organization to the problems of educational institutions. Subjects such as motivation, work and careers, power and influence, communication and perceptions, group dynamics, work design and organizational control considered from the perspective of the leader and decision-maker.

EDUL 8302 Theories of Learning and Instruction
Examination of various theories of learning and instruction and their impact on current teaching practices. Instructional leadership will receive emphasis.

EDUL 8303 Educational Politics and Policy
Survey of theoretical and empirical literature related to educational politics and policy, including political systems theory, intergovernmental relations, power and conflict, community relations and intergroup theory, and policies dealing with equity, quality, efficiency and choice.

EDUL 8304 Social and Cultural Contexts of Education
The relationship of contemporary educational institutions, both public school and higher education to their social setting.

EDUL 8305 Economics of Education
Survey of theoretical and empirical literature related to the economic context of educational institutions, including scarcity, income determination, expenditures, resource allocation and perspectives on progressivity and economic development.

EDUL 8306 Ethics and Values in Educational Administration
Examination, from the point of view of various ethical systems, of issues of equity, distributive justice, codes of ethics in educational professions, treatment of students and other issues that face administrators of educational systems. Designed to sensitize prospective educational leaders to the ethical content of educational decisions.

EDUL 8307 Organizational Theory in Education
Application of theories of organization to problems of educational institutions; designed to develop diagnostic skills necessary for successful administration of complex educational enterprises.

EDUL 8308 History of Education
The development of American education, formal and informal, from colonial times until the present. Areas of emphasis include the historical influences on educational development, the issues of each time period and current trends.

EDUL 8320 Design and Analysis of Field Studies
Concepts and methods for designing and analyzing research, e.g. surveys, nonequivalent control groups, time-series, or various qualitative designs, will be investigated. May be repeated for credit once.

EDUL 8321 Data Analysis
Computer methods for qualitative or quantitative analyses of data and management of field research will be investigated. May be repeated for credit once.

EDUL 8322 Qualitative Research
Students will examine qualitative and ethnographic research methods, including participant observation and open-ended interviewing to address the problems of educational organizations.

EDUL 8323 Selected Topics in Research
Group and individual projects in research design, research methodologies and research execution. May be repeated for credit.

EDUL 8330 Education Law Seminar
Analysis of legal problems in education, sources of law and the methods of legal research.

EDUL 8334 Topical Seminar
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary

EDUL 8322 Qualitative Research I
Students will examine qualitative and ethnographic research methods, including participant observation and open-ended interviewing to address the problems of educational organizations.

EDUL 8323 Selected Topics in Research
Group and individual projects in research design, research methodologies and research execution. May be repeated for credit.

EDUL 8330 Education Law Seminar
Analysis of legal problems in education, sources of law and the methods of legal research.

EDUL 8334 Topical Seminar
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

EDUL 8336 Problems in Education
Major emphasis on current innovations in education. Students will conduct research related to selected problems, including action research, and working with educational determinants, new education programs, classroom teachers and/or persons in the community in order to improve the educational program. Credit may be applied toward the graduate programs in education when the appropriate problem is chosen by the student. This course may be repeated once for credit.

EDUL 8340 Higher Education Law
An overview of historic and contemporary influences of the United States and state constitutions, federal and state statutes, case law and agency regulations that impact higher education institutions and their administrators, faculties and students.

EDUL 8341 Student Affairs in Higher Education
A study of the professional foundations and conceptual models for student affairs administration, programs, and services in community colleges and four-year institutions. Also included will be the development of higher education administrative skills, including those of particular relevance to student affairs.

EDUL 8342 Policy, Politics and Governance of Higher Education
This course is an advanced study of problems, issues and trends related to governance, organization and control of higher educational institutions.

EDUL 8343 Higher Education Finance
Higher Education Finance is a study of contemporary policies and practices in the finance of American higher education. The interpretation and uses of financial data in the administration of institutions; sources and methods of securing funds; budget processes; and policies and issues regarding the finance of higher education are some of the topics considered.

EDUL 8344 The American Community College
The American Community College is a study of the institutional components of the community college including a review of history, purposes, clientele, organization, finance, programs, and societal functions. Current issues facing community colleges are studied.

EDUL 8350 Doctoral Internship
As stated in the THECB standards for Ed.D. programs in educational administration/leadership, “Each doctoral student will participate in, and be extensively evaluated in, an internship in an operational setting distinct from prior or concurrent work experience.” The site will be determined by agreement between the student and her/his adviser. Each student will have this experience during the final 30 hours of the program. The adviser, in cooperation with the onsite cooperating supervisor, will provide continuous monitoring and advisement of the student’s experience, beginning with the selection of a set of objectives for the student for the period of the internship. The practicing school leaders used to coordinate field experiences will also be involved selectively in doctoral internships. May be repeated for credit once.

EDUL 8351 Introduction to Applied Research Methods
This course will include an introduction to research methodology used in historical, case study, survey, descriptive, experimental, correlational and inferential research.

EDUL 8353 Quantitative Research Methods I
Specialized research design and methodology of quantitative inquiry, in univariate and multivariate.

EDUL 8381 Problems in Organization and Administration of Public Schools
Research, readings and thorough study of the organization and administration of elementary and secondary schools; a careful analysis of the role of middle management personnel in the improvement of instruction; an analysis of administrative function and leadership style will be emphasized.

EDUL 8190, 8390, 8690 Dissertation-Research
(One, three or six semester credit hours.)

EDUL 8195, 8395, 8695 Dissertation-Writing
(One, three or six semester credit hours.)

Course Catalog Descriptions

Course Description from Graduate Catalogue available at
http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/ogs_home/ogs_cstudents/catalog