curriculum

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SBL Curriculum (8 courses, 24 credits)

PAF 9301 Introduction to School Leadership
3 hours; 3 credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of school leadership. Students will learn skills for analyzing, diagnosing, and solving organizational problems as school building leaders. Students will also begin to develop their own leadership vision and apply leadership practices to class assignments and projects.

Open only to Master of Science in Education students. Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

PAF 9309 Instructional Leadership in Schools
3 hours; 3 credits

This course addresses the critical role of the school leader to supervise and manage the quality of instruction and student achievement. It focuses on staff supervision, the cultivation of strategic plans and school culture, as well as the implementation of effective teaching methods.

Open only to Master of Science in Education students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

PAF 9310 School Leadership and Organizational Management
3 hours; 3 credits

This course introduces students to the theory of organizational management and systems-thinking. It focuses on school planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Open only to Master of Science in Education students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

PAF 9312 Legal and Policy Issues in Education
3 hours; 3 credits

This course examines the legal framework of educational governance in the United States. It focuses on the constitutional, legislative, labor, and administrative laws and policies that apply to public, private, and charter schools. Special emphasis is placed on New York State law.

Open to Master of Science in Education students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

PAF 9314 Strategies in Classroom Management
3 hours; 3 credits

This course provides leadership strategies for improving classroom instruction and student achievement in 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.

Open to Master of Science in Education students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

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.

Open only to MSED and MPA students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

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 Resource Management in Education

3 hours; 3 credits

This course focuses on the methods used to effectively recruit, train, and evaluate administrative staff in schools. There is an emphasis on developing the role of the teacher in human resource decision-making.

Open only to Master of Science in Education students.
Students from other degree programs by permission only.

Prerequisite: None

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