curriculum

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SBL Curriculum (8 courses, 24 credits)

PAF 9301 Urban School Community Leadership
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of school leadership from an organizational perspective. Students will learn to view schools as educational organizations, and develop skills for analyzing, diagnosing, and solving organizational problems as building leaders. Students will also begin to develop their own leadership vision and apply leadership
practices to class assignments and projects.
Prerequisites: Open to all MS in Education or Advanced Certificate Program students; others with permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions of the School of Public Affairs
PAF 9309 Instructional Leadership in Educational Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces participants to the challenge of instructional leadership in today's schools. Modern school leadership demands a unique combination of skills in organizational design and change management fused with a detailed knowledge of teaching and learning. Using a combination of lectures, discussions, case materials, simulations, and experiential practice, this class aims to assist students in building the diverse set of skills and knowledge needed by school leaders. Topics covered include school leadership, organizational analysis and design, building professional community, teacher evaluation, and the implementation of organizational change. This course includes 25 hours of field work. These field work hours will count toward your administrative internship.
Prerequisite: None. Open to all Master of Science in Education, Advanced Certificate Program, and Master of Public Administration students; others with School of Public Affairs permission.
PAF 9310 School Leadership and Organizational Management
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of school leadership from an organizational perspective. Students will learn to view schools as educational organizations, and develop skills for analyzing, diagnosing, and solving organizational problems as building leaders. Students will also begin to develop their own leadership vision and apply leadership practices to class assignments and projects.
Prerequisite: None. Open to all MS in Education or Advanced Certificate Program students; others with permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions of the School of Public Affairs.
PAF 9312 Legal and Policy Issues for the Educational Leader
3 hours; 3 credits
PAF 9314 Instructional Leadership
3 hours; 3 credits
This course provides leadership strategies for improving classroom instruction and student achievement in pre-K-12 school settings. Topics include: leading and organizing for curriculum development, guiding staff toward using multiple instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners, and promoting the use of meaningful and frequent assessment of student learning. Coursework for this class includes teacher observations in pre-K-12 settings.
Prerequisites: Open to all MPA or MS in Education or Advanced Certificate Program students; others with permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions of the School of Public Affairs.
PAF 9319 School Finance and Budgeting
3 hours; 3 credits
This course addresses major issues in educational finance and budgeting with a particular focus on New York State and New York City. Financial topics include federal, state and local tax structures and resource allocation rules. This course also offers instruction on how to find and access additional sources for school revenue, such as through grant writing.
Prerequisite: None. Open only to MSED and MPA students. Students from other degree programs by permission only.
PAF 9320 Educational Leadership Internship I
3 hours; 3 credits
Part I of this two-course internship provides students with real-world administrative experience in an educational organization. The internship in part I consists of 300 hours in a work assignment. Open only to Master of Science in Education students.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission
PAF 9321 Educational Leadership Internship II
3 hours; 3 credits
Part II of this two-course internship provides students with real-world administrative experience in an educational organization. The internship in part II consists of 300 hours in a work assignment.
Prerequisite: PAF 9320

SDL Required Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

PAF 9323 Practicum I for School District Leaders
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is the first of a required two-course sequence for School District Leader (SDL) certification. The first part of the practicum sequence consists of 300 hours in a work assignment. This course is for students who have achieved School Building Leader (SBL) certification. Open only to Master of Science in Education students.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PAF 9324 Practicum II for School District Leaders
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is the second of a required two-course sequence for School District Leader (SDL) certification. The second part of the practicum sequence consists of 300 hours in a work assignment.
Prerequisite: PAF 9323

SDL Elective Courses (one from each area for 9 credits total)

Management (choose one course from the following)

PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques for managing government and not-for-profit agencies, including schools. This course focuses on structural models; individual behavior, including group dynamics and leadership; effective use and management of human resources; and political and cultural frameworks. Questions of effectiveness, responsibility, and professional relations are considered.
PAF 9306 Human Capital Management for the Educational Leader

Research

PAF 9174 Program Evaluation
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the process and techniques of program evaluation and the assessment of effectiveness of public sector policies. Various performance assessment criteria, problems of evaluation research, and the politics of program evaluation are reviewed.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172
PAF 9180 Policy Analysis
3 hours; 3 credits
Overview of the use of analytic techniques in solving public sector problems and designing government programs. Topics include agenda setting, approaches to problem solving, the role of values in policy making and policy analysis, policy-relevant data collection and analysis, principles of benefit-cost analysis, techniques of policy analysis (e.g., queuing, simulations, formal modeling), strategies for policy adoption and implementation, and the politics of policy analysis.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9307 School Performance Measurement
3 hours; 3 credits
This course prepares administrators to effectively collect, measure, and evaluate school data. Students will learn how to use data to make strategic decisions that directly influence school improvement and student achievement. Provides information on survey and demographic data, how to evaluate pupil test scores, and teacher observations.
Prerequisite: Open only to Master of Science in Education students. Students from other degree programs by permission only.
PAF 9317 Seminar on Research for the Educational Administrator
3 hours; 3 credits
This examines the tools and strategies used in educational research. Students learn to be intelligent consumers of research studies. All stages of the research process are addressed: the determination of a problem amenable to research, appraisal of techniques aimed at solution, construction of a research proposal, obtaining and handling data, and evaluation of findings.
Prerequisite: none

Policy

PAF 9318 Educational Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is designed for MPA and MSED students interested in learning more about educational policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Students in this course will critically examine the social, political, and economic theories behind current educational policies and policy initiatives, and evaluate their consequences and effects on U.S. public schooling.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9176 Public Policy and the Culture of Science
3 hours; 3 credits
The course will review the impact on public policy of fundamental developments in science and mathematics that have challenged our assumptions of reality. We will examine the impact on our culture of evolution, quantum physics, relativity, chaos theory, and other radical departures from traditional perspectives on the human condition.
Prerequisite: none