Course Descriptions | Curriculum & Instruction-

Instructional Leadership


Participants will need to take 6 hours of electives or transfer from another school for a total of 36 hours to complete the degree.


Communities will meet Saturday and Sunday the first year and year two will meet Saturdays with an online component added.


Semester 1:  Fall

EDU 603 Introduction to Graduate Studies and Research (3) This is an introductory course to graduate study designed to provide students with a foundation for their degree program and for their capstone research project at the end of their degree program. Explanation and expectations of all WSC graduate programs will be addressed. The graduate program plan of study will be initiated in this course to be completed by the student and their advisor. Additionally, students will develop: a working knowledge of basic types of research, basic research skills, ways to use research information and results, a process for literature reviews, a process to formulate research questions, an understanding of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, a working knowledge of components of a research proposals, an understanding of basic research tools.

EDU 626 Advanced Educational Psychology (3) A study of theories of learning and motivation, conditions and processes of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning; personal qualities of a teacher; the teaching process, classroom management; teaching the exceptional learner; and the role of evaluation in learning and teaching.

EDU 674 History and Philosophy of Education (3) Philosophies and theories underlying the American educational system. An analysis of the differing philosophies of education and their implications for education in a democratic society.



Semester 2:  Spring

EDU 627 Current Issues and Trends in Education (3) This course offers an intensive study of specific issues and trends that have a direct impact upon education. Individuals will choose a topic to examine in breadth and depth. It presents a comprehensive approach to the exploration of the selected topics. The course offers opportunities for the student to examine relevant topics affecting education in breadth and depth.

EDU 651 Classroom Assessment (3) Prerequisite: Community of Learning Commitment. This class is designed to acquaint students with the latest research related to classroom assessment techniques and, further, to create opportunities for teachers to try out new assessment practices in their own classrooms. Special attention will be given to efficient classroom data management routines that can minimize the time burden for teachers while maximizing their understanding of individual student strengths and weaknesses. Enrollment in this class is limited to those students pursuing an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction-Instructional Leadership through the Community of Learning format.


Semester 3: Fall

EDU 652 Instructional Theory and Practice (3) This class is designed to acquaint students with the latest research to instructional theory and to further create opportunities for teacher to try new instructional approaches. The course surveys systems that teacher may use to assess the pros and cons of various instructional approaches.

EDU 658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development PK-16 (3) A course designed to examine the principles of underlying the development of a PreK-12 public school and post-secondary program curriculum. Emphasis is on methods of determining priorities, objectives, scope and sequence, and organizational patterns. The roles of state and local involvement will also be examined.


SPD 611 Org/Admin of Special Education (3) Prerequisite: SPD 160 or 608. Introduction to administrative procedures of special services. Emphasis on Nebraska and national laws governing special education. Processes of planning and implementing student programs as well as maintaining student records, identifying, selecting and using local and state resources for operating the special education program are studied.



Semester 4:  Spring

EDU 656 School Law:  Operational Aspects and Cases (3) A course designed to acquaint the student with the principles of school law. Some of the areas included are: The legal system; school administrative structure; school organization; tort liability; financing public education and private education.

EDU 693 Final Research (3) Original research in the content area designed and conducted by the student and directed by a faculty advisor. The results of the research project may be present to faculty, school boards, community groups, or other appropriate groups. This course is the capstone research project for the MSE Instructional Leadership emphasis. It should be taken during the final semester of the program. [For an emphasis that requires a thesis, the student completes 6 credit hours of EDU 699 in place of the EDU 693 and one, three credit hour elective to meet the 36 hour degree requirement.]


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