Specialization Courses

The Specialization phase of the program is equivalent of 21 semester units. Prerequisites for all Specialization Courses are the completion of core courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Additionally, students must satisfy all conditions associated with admission, if applicable. Each cohort is surveyed during the Core Course phase of the program to identify topics of interest for specialization courses. The program attempts to offer the highest ranked course topics, depending on faculty availability. Students have the option to take specialization units in either strand (P12 or HE). Cross-Strand courses are available to students of either strand.

Examples of Possible Specialization Courses:

EDL 520. School Leadership for Reading Instruction (P12)

Students analyze forces driving reading/language arts mandates and their impact on the implementation of reading curricula. Using philosophical and corporate underpinnings of the "Reading Wars" students discover the praxis between theory, research, and practice.

EDL 521. Human Resource Leadership in Schools (P12)

Application of Human Resource Management Theory, empirical findings, and best practices to school leadership. HR theories and practices including recruitment, staffing, motivation, performance management, and development are examined emphasizing the strategic role of HR in enhancing organizational effectiveness.

EDL 523. School Resource Management and Fiscal Planning (P12)

Develops advanced skills to effectively manage internal and external resources within the school setting. The course provides an overview for leveraging external resources, obtaining grants, developing external partners, and examining issues and studies related to financing public education.

EDL 524. School Law (P12)

Examination of Federal Law, California Ed. Code, California Code of Regulation, and program implementation. Freedom of expression, separation of church and state, personnel law, liability, governance requirements, and special education are covered.

EDL 540. Resources and Fiscal Planning for Higher Education (HE)

Covers how resource allocation is determined in a Higher Education system structure. Approaches to budget development are examined using knowledge of traditional and nontraditional financial resources available to colleges, which are a major strategic aspect of higher educational financial planning.

EDL 580T. Leaders and Leadership (Cross-Strand)

During this course, attention will be focused on the following questions: 1) What is leadership? How does the research literature define leadership generally? Educational leadership? 3) What role does leadership play in the policy-making process? What role does it play in everyday practice? 4) How many notions of leadership changed in recent times? 5) What characteristics make an individual a leader? 6) What are the implications for leaders K-12 and higher education institutions?

EDL 580T. Leadership in Remediating Reading Difficulties (Cross-Strand)

This class will survey a range of theories, research, and practice in the development of reading abilities for special education and struggling students including dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder has on reading instruction. We will analyze the research and practice in and outside of special education addressing issues of comprehension, phonemic awareness, emergent reading, text complexity, motivation, reading failure syndrome, cultural, and vocabulary instruction. We will also review the theory and practice of response to intervention and leadership.

EDL 580T. Advanced Service-Learning Pedagogy and Practice K-HE (Cross-Strand)

This course is designed to prepare students with the advanced skills, knowledge, and dispositions to develop service-learning partnership programs among K-12 schools, colleges/universities, non- profits, and public agencies. Students will explore how service-learning pedagogy impacts academic achievement, social/emotional development, and civic engagement across elementary, secondary, and higher education contexts. Practical field experiences will be used to explore how service-learning addresses academic curriculum standards and the needs of diverse student populations, including English Learners, Students with Special Needs, and Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds.

EDL 580T. Community College Administration (HE)

This course provides an understanding and development of knowledge of community college administration with emphasis on the California Community College system. The course combines theory, research, topics, issues, and debates of the profession. Practical applications will be explored while enabling students to develop a knowledge base grounded in current theory and research in community college administration.

EDL 580T. Human Resources and Collective Bargaining in Higher Education (HE)

Through the study of statutes, regulations, court decisions and case studies, students will examine the major functions of human resources such as: employer-employee relations, performance evaluation, recruitment and selection processes, employee discipline, interpreting bargaining agreement language, prevention of harassment and discrimination. There will be an emphasis on the critical role of human resources in education.

EDL 580T. Post-secondary Legal Issues (HE)

This course is designed to expose the student to a wide range of administrative problems at the college and university level that have legal implications. This course should assist current and prospective college and university faculty and administrators in recognizing the legal parameters around which decisions are made. The course will address the legal relationships between the higher education institution and its trustees, administrators, faculty, students, local/state/federal governments, educational associations, and business/industry communities.

EDL 580T. Topics in Educational Leadership

Prerequisites: admission to the program and permission of the director. Topics and issues in educational leadership in the areas of organizational studies, curriculum, instruction and supervision, assessment and evaluation, and sociocultural studies. Analysis of research findings and an emphasis on the relationship of theory to practice.

Additional Potential Specialization Topics:

  • Collaboration in Professional Learning Communities
  • Effective Instructional Strategies Leadership in Math and Science Education Data-driven Decision Making
  • Advanced Curriculum
  • Education Technology
  • Professional Ethics and Moral Issues in Education Organization Development for High Performance Student Development in Post-Secondary Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Post-Secondary Education Technology Post-Secondary Education Collective Bargaining
  • Resource and Fiscal Planning Development and Marketing Post-Secondary Legal Aspects
  • Common Core Standards