Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership
The Specialist Diploma, available at UND only in Educational Leadership, is designed for students preparing for school administrative positions. This course of study is usually considered to be a terminal program of advanced preparation for professional practice. Upon completion of the Specialist Diploma, a student generally will have completed the requirements for an administrative credential, including those required for the position of school superintendent in North Dakota.
A MINIMUM OF 64 SEMESTER HOURS OF COURSE WORK BEYOND THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE IS REQUIRED FOR THE SPECIALIST DIPLOMA. THE SPECIALIST DIPLOMA MUST INCLUDE APPROXIMATELY 30 CREDITS BEYOND THE MASTER’S DEGREE.
|Required Courses in General and Building Level Administration *|
|EDL 501||Leadership and Organizational Behavior||3|
|EDL 503||Leadership Analysis and Assessment||1-4|
|EDL 511||Effective Administrative Communications||3|
|EDL 513||Leading Curriculum and Learning||3|
|EDL 514||Supervision and Staff Development||3|
|EDL 515||Education Law and Ethics||3|
|EDL 516||Education Finance and Policy||3|
& EDL 520
|Internship: Curricular and Administrative Leadership|
and Middle School Principal Field Study
|or EDL 521||Elementary Principal Field Study|
|or EDL 522||Secondary Principal Field Study|
|EDL 535||Administration of Elementary School Curriculum||1-3|
|EDL 536||Administration of Middle School Curriculum||1-3|
|EDL 537||Administration of Secondary School Curriculum||1-3|
|Required Courses in District Level Administration with a master’s degree in administration **|
|EDL 523||The Educational Plant||3|
|EDL 524||Educational Personnel Administration||2|
|EDL 526||Business Management in Education||2|
|EDL 527||Legal Issues in Education||3|
|EDL 571||School Community Relations||2|
|EFR 500||Introduction to the Foundations of Education||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Psychological Foundations of Education|
|Issues and Trends in Education|
|Historical Foundations of Education|
|Philosophical Foundations of Education|
|Sociological Foundations of Education|
|Gender, Sexuality and Education|
|Anthropological Foundations of Education|
|A minimum of 12 credits (to a maximum of 24 credits) of course work must be in one or two cognate areas outside Educational Leadership and may be outside the field of Education. The cognate area(s) serve to support the area of emphasis.||12-24|
|Select from approved courses that provide the scholarly tools to support research||3|
|EDL 593||Internship in Educational Leadership ***||1-8|
|EDL 997||Independent Study||4|
These required courses include practicum in each class.
As appropriate, elective courses are selected from one of the following areas to fulfill individual needs and goals in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee. A minimum of 20 credits of Educational Leadership courses is required. A concentration of 40 credits in the major (including Foundations and Educational Leadership courses and an Independent Study) is required.
Not required but is often advisable, depending upon student experience and goals.