Embedded Fieldwork

In many of the CODEL core courses there is a component of embedded fieldwork or “laboratories of practice” where collaborative groups of doctoral students work with school site and college-based leaders to complete a project for that client directly related to the course curriculum. Clients are given the Embedded Fieldwork Assessment to complete at the end of the course and when the project has been completed. This instrument provides feedback about how well the students were able to undertake and complete work directly related to the course (student outcomes assessment).

These assessments are collected at the end of a cohort’s program of study and reviewed by the Assessment subcommittee of the CODEL doctoral faculty Graduate Group to assess the degree to which program outcomes are being met. Embedded fieldwork courses are indicated with an * below:

EDL 551. Organizational Theory and Leadership in Complex Organizations

Prerequisites: admission to the program. Seminar. Combines alternative views of organizational theory with application to the structure of the school; to critical roles played by teachers, principals and other school personnel; and the examination of relationships among structural elements of schools.

EDL 552. Educational Reform*

Prerequisite: admission to the program. Seminar. Examines change in education settings in the context of organizational theory, structure, and culture; change processes; and change leadership strategies and styles. K-12 educational settings and higher education settings are used to test theories and change strategies.

EDL 553. Educational Policy Environments

Prerequisite: admission to the program. Seminar. Explores the determinants of policy in educational organizations and leadership. Analysis of structures used for legal, fiscal and political decisions, and conflict management. Role of the educational leader in relation to intergovernmental activities aimed at educational reform.

EDL 554. Applied Quantitative Research Methods*

Prerequisites: admission to the program or permission of instructor. Seminar. Examines advanced research methodologies and data analysis techniques applicable to education and social science settings. Topics include experimental and quasi-experimental design, advanced statistical techniques, sampling distributions, nonparametric statistics, inference and hypothesis testing. Specific applications to the work of the education leader.

EDL 556. Conceptual Curriculum Perspectives for Educational Leadership*

Prerequisites: admission to the program. Students will develop the philosophical and analytical skills to examine curriculum theory and practice, including the organization of subject matters, and instructional methods.

EDL 557. Applied Qualitative Research Methods*

Prerequisite: admission to the program. Seminar. Examines the purpose and nature of qualitative research including current applications in educational settings. Emphasis is directed toward critical analysis of current qualitative studies and will include field-based application.

EDL 558. Theories of Cross-Cultural Education*

Prerequisite: admission to the program. Seminar. Designed to thoroughly review the most relevant theoretical approaches dealing with cross-cultural, multicultural education. As diverse and conflicting perspectives are examined, students will experience the complexity of views and perceptions dealing leaders with multicultural populations coexisting in a pluralistic society.

EDL 559. Applied Research and Measurement Education

Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Analysis of approaches to designing and conducting educational research, including ethical issues. Emphasis on reading and evaluating research literature, and designing research projects. Psychometric theory, validity and reliability of tests, professional testing standards, and hands-on experience with test evaluation are included.

EDL 561. Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Planning*

Prerequisite: admission to the program. Examines assessment practices, planning strategies, and evaluation processes in K-12 and higher education settings. Addresses current issues and trends in the field of education related to school accountability.