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    Feb 11

    Online Start Date
    Feb 11, 2015

    Mar 25

    Online Start Date
    Mar 25, 2015

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    Certificate Requirements

    ER 502: THE PRINCIPALSHIP (5 Credits)

    This course examines school culture, standards, community building, and leadership in the context of issues and constraints that principals routinely face. The content of the course will inform decision making that influences practice and the effects on students and teachers. Students will review research on leading change in schools, training for tomorrow's principalship, budgeting issues, discipline, students with exceptionalities and who are from diverse backgrounds, technol­ogy, professional conduct, teacher evaluation, and establishment of effective professional learning communities. Students will review case studies about schools that made significant improvements under effective leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:


    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 17
    Total Program Credits: 17


    This course will examine the economics of educa­tion, funding sources, and regulations regarding the use of such funds. Students will determine major budget pressures facing schools and identify ways they are meeting daily demands to provide quality education. The role of federal and state lawmakers in funding decisions will be explored. Students will consider the implications of poorly funded education and the impact on society. They will also address administering school resources including funding.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 17
    Total Program Credits: 17


    Students will examine the interrelationship of law and education policy, court rulings on school governance, and the federal government’s funding of education. Topics include constitutional rights, such as Title VII, the First Amendment, and the
    Fourteenth Amendment, and current events regarding the law and education. Students will analyze resources designed to help educators navigate legal issues.

    Prerequisites Required:


    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 17
    Total Program Credits: 17


    The course addresses major factors that affect school leadership and how leadership can influence teacher effectiveness. Students will examine the role of leadership in building and sustaining a school vision, creating effective teacher teams, sharing leadership, leading learning communities, making data-driven decisions, and monitoring curriculum and instruction. Students will explore models of effective leadership based on best practices. In addition, students will analyze the research on instructional leadership and the methods principals use to exhibit and harness leadership that enable schools to meet their goals.

    Prerequisites Required:


    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 17
    Total Program Credits: 17

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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  • This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

  • * Kaplan University makes no representations or warranties as to whether the program meets the specific requirements for any individual state or school system for pay increase purposes or career advancement. Kaplan University encourages its students to independently research the requirements in any state or school system in which they intend to seek a pay increase or a promotion. This certificate will not lead to a teacher certification or an endorsement in any field.

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

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