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Course Descriptions

Listed below are the descriptions for the courses in the CAS Program in Educational Administration.

EDA 600 Foundations of Educational Leadership. This is the prerequisite course in the program and must be taken prior to registering for any other EDA course. Provides an introduction to the key elements and organizational dynamics of school administration including: relationships, managerial skills, communications, change/managing transitions, leadership, decision-making, planning, and the "balancing act" that today's leaders face. Course participants will undertake a critical examination and evaluation of the current debate on the state of leadership in public education in America. Students will gain a better understanding of small group interaction and will develop a comprehensive project on one of the elements of the course. 6 cr.

EDA 653 Site Management  . Site management is defined as a discrete unit with varying amounts of autonomy, accountability and responsibility, e.g., building or department. Focuses on management of personnel, students, resources, programs, and facilities within the unit, including policy implementation, assessment, and long-term planning. 3 cr.

EDA 678 Models of Effective Supervision. For those preparing to be a principal, supervisor, team leader, coordinator or department chair in public or private schools. Presents a variety of supervisory strategies based on currently proven models as well as in direction and development of staff. Performance appraisal and teacher evaluation models are explored. 3 cr.

EDA 694 Resource Management. Introduces students to the purpose and process of budgeting and their relationship to the educational program. Also introduces students to the art and science of personnel administration and their relationship to effective instructional program. Covers methods of budget development and management including formats for budget documents and the role of various school constituencies in budget development. Staff recruitment, selection, evaluation, and dismissal procedures including legal restrictions and caveats are included in the course. 3 cr.

EDA 830 Program Management and Instructional Leadership. Designed to assist in preparing aspiring school administrators with the program management and instructional leadership skills necessary to facilitate and/or direct the planning, programming and related activities necessary to raise standards and improve student achievement in public schools. 3 cr.

EDA 871 Legal Basis of Education. Covers laws, judicial decisions and constitutional provisions related to education. Major emphasis is placed on ethical behavior, church-state relationships, tort liability, student rights, affirmative action, contract administration and teacher rights and responsibilities. 3 cr.

EDA 885 Practicum in Educational Leadership. A field experience designed to introduce students to a variety of administrative responsibilities in a real school setting. A set of tasks/competencies in the Field Experiences Handbook defines experiences that students are expected to complete. Students maintain a portfolio of accomplishments with appropriate supporting documentation and endorsed by administrative personnel. The course may be completed on a part-time basis and requires that students demonstrate competence in a selected number of tasks/competencies. Successful completion is a prerequisite to internship application. 3 cr.

EDA 888 Administrative Internship. The Internship is the intersection of all of the skills, experience, and training that the student has learned to date in the Educational Administration program. The student works with a full time building level or central office administrator (mentor) in accomplishing administrative tasks. The tasks/competencies not completed during the Practicum and outlined in the Field Experiences Handbook are completed during the Internship. The Internship offers opportunities for more holistic tasks, i.e., staff development over a semester, budget development from beginning to end, and the process design, recruitment and hiring of personnel. 6 cr.

EDA 896 Central Office Administration.  This is a six credit hour course combining direct instruction and field experiences in central office responsibilities. The course is designed to complete the preparation of a candidate for serving as a central office administrator, such as the positions of superintendent, assistant superintendent of instruction, and director of special education. It builds heavily upon the competencies acquired during School Building Leadership preparation and provides a ground in the more global role of district-wide responsibilities. The course includes five Saturdays (9:00 am – 4:30 pm) distributed throughout the semester and requires a set of field experiences (a total of 125 clock hours) under the guidance of a college professor and a mentor. The mentor must hold SDA certification and have served in a central office administrative position for at least two years full time. 6 cr.

Listed below are the descriptions for the courses in the CAS Program in School Business Administration.

EDA 656 Personnel Administration. Covers personnel administration at the business office level, including the identification and determination of school policies; collective negotiations; recruitment, selection, and appointment of personnel; affirmative action; the formulation and administration of salary schedules and general working conditions; and the separation of personnel from service. 3 cr.

EDA 691 Principles and Practices of Budgeting. Covers budgeting theories and practices used by the school business official, including estimating expenditures, personnel costs, and revenues. Provides an in-depth explanation of budget administration and function/object coding. Examines board, community, and staff support, including determining local needs and constraints, educating the public, conducting annual referenda, and contingent budgets. 3 cr.

EDA 692 Design and Use of Microcomputer Systems for School Business Administration. Focuses on the use of in-house computer systems and BOCES computing services for school business management applications. Presents a model for planning and implementing micro and mini computer systems in school districts. Hands-on practice with Windows and spreadsheet, database management, and graphics applications through the use of IBM-compatible hardware and other software programs. Assumes no prior knowledge or skill with microcomputers. 3 cr.

EDA 693 Administration of Support Services. Covers services that support the instructional operations of the district: food service, transportation, school store, supply management, purchasing and bidding, and insurance. The question of in-house vs. contracted services is also explored. 3 cr.

EDA 890 Issues in Site Management for School Business Administrators. Helps the student gain a macroscopic perspective of the role of the business office in the total instructional mission of the school. Introduces building issues as clinical supervision, staff development, curriculum development, communication concepts and practices, and special education. 3 cr.

EDA 891 Facilities Planning and Management. Covers the administration and use of existing district buildings and grounds, new construction and renovation, including capital fund management. Also covers health and safety issues that affect students, staff, and community. 3 cr.

EDA 892 Legal Issues for School Business Administrators. Presents sections of law affecting school business operations. Includes sources of law such as: education law, general municipal law, local finance law, public officers law, court cases, and commissioner's decisions and regulations. Also discusses records management and ethics. 3 cr.

EDA 893 School Finance and Revenue Management. Covers school district revenues sources, including taxation concepts and practices, theoretical models in state funding, state aid in New York, federal aid and special education, and public support for non-public schools. Also discusses revenue management in terms of forecasting and long-term financial planning, maximizing revenues, and cash management. 3 cr.

EDA 894 Public School Accounting. Examines in depth fund accounting in New York State for the general and other funds. Also covers the duties of the district treasurer and other accounting operations of the district in the areas of district census and pupil attendance and extracurricular fund management. Studies payroll development, administration, and reporting for both salaries and fringe benefits. 6 cr.

EDA 897 Practicum in School Business Administration. A shadowing experience for the student to engage in a limited number of school business tasks at a school business office. Augmented by 37.5 class hours covering the role and function of the school business administrator and legal and procedural issues for the district clerk. 6 cr.

EDA 898 Internship in School Business Administration. A field experience enabling the student to gain direct experience in the role of school business administrator under the supervision of a practitioner. A department professor, in cooperation with the field administrator, supervises the student during this experience. 6 cr.

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