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Graduate Education Course Description(s)

EDUC7000 Orientation: APP-Education (0)

This required course gives candidates an overview of the Adult and Professional Programs in Education, both Secondary and Elementary, as well as the policies and procedures of the Education department. The orientation introduces new candidates to NNU software necessary for program completion as well as scheduling and requirements of the program. Grade of pass/fail. Fee: $150 for Taskstream account.

EDUC7001 Graduate Education Orientation (0)

This required, online orientation course provides students with an overview of all Graduate Education Programs at NNU. It includes policies, procedures, and expectations of the Graduate Education Department, as well as introduces students to NNU campus departments with which they will be interacting throughout their program. Students will learn how to access library and other campus resources. They will also learn how to utilize the course management software used to deliver online courses and complete NNU requirements, as well as experience success as online learners. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC7120 Foundations of Teaching (3)

This course is designed to help the candidate understand the historical, social, political, and philosophical foundations of the American educational system. Classical works on education will be reviewed along with current and emerging ideas related to teaching. Other issues will be explored to examine present and potential future impact on learning. Course includes a 30-hour field experience at the grade level of the student's interest.

EDUC7150 Teaching Communications in the Secondary Schools (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7160 Learning and the Brain (3)

A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. This course also examines accepted theories and current research in learning behavior and explores the unique styles of learning and recent studies in brain function and behavior as they relate to the learning process.

EDUC7240 Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms (3)

An in-depth study of classroom management principles and practices for K-8 teachers. Focus is on equipping candidates with knowledge and skills for effectively managing a classroom. Course explores motivation, classroom environment, minimizing management problems through proactive strategies, and systematically modifying inappropriate behavior.

EDUC7250 Fundamentals of Reading (3)

An in-depth study of essential components necessary for developing literacy capabilities of elementary children. Focus includes research-based practices to develop word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Course includes a 25-hour field experience in an elementary classroom during which the candidate observes the set up and administration of a reading program and participates in reading instruction. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

EDUC7260 Content Literacy in K-8 Classrooms (3)

An exploration of principles and strategies for helping elementary students acquire reading and writing skills essential for effective learning in subject areas. Emphasis is on helping future teachers design instruction that develops vocabulary concepts, enhances comprehension, and addresses the varying backgrounds and needs of elementary and middle school students as they interact with text. Course includes a 25-hour field experience providing opportunities for students to teach lessons related to their middle school content areas. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education.

EDUC7300 Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)

Lab-oriented exploration of mathematical concepts to provide understanding of basic mathematical structures and strategies for the elementary teacher. Course includes a 10-hour field experience to observe and teach conceptual math strategies in an elementary classroom.

EDUC7331 Teaching English Language Learners (1)

Exploration of the unique cultural values of children and families whose primary language is not English and study of teaching strategies for helping all students to succeed. Course includes a 15-hour multicultural field experience.

EDUC7350 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)

A study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school science and mathematics. Candidates design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips candidates for the student teaching experience. Prerequisites: Program admission required. Corequisites: EDUC7360

EDUC7360 Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)

A course of integrated study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school social studies and language arts. Candidate design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips candidates for the student teaching experience. This course meets part of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Act requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. Prerequisites: Program admission required. Corequisites: EDUC7350

EDUC7430 Teaching the Whole Child (1)

An exploration of research findings and classroom strategies for incorporating movement and the arts into the elementary curriculum for increased development and learning in children. Focus includes physical education, music, art, and drama. Also included is a study of the impact of these areas on brain development, motivation, and academic performance in all students, including those who may struggle in school.

EDUC7460 Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)

An examination and application of research-based practices for using assessment to guide instruction in literacy. Included is a field experience in which the candidate diagnoses literacy needs of a struggling reader and designs and delivers interventions to support that elementary student's literacy development. This course meets part of the ICLA requirements of the Idaho Department of Education. Course includes a 25 hour field experience.

EDUC7505 Teachers as Leaders (3)

Students will learn about the correlations between an effective school and their role as agents of change in school improvement. A variety of instructional leadership roles in the field of education will be explored. Additional topics include the components of effective professional development and strategies for instructional coaching.

EDUC7511 The Learning Process (3)

Examination of accepted theories and current research in learning behavior. Course explores the unique styles of learning and recent studies in brain function and behavior as they relate to the learning process.

EDUC7532 Instructional Models (3)

This course acquaints students with four basic families of instructional models: 1) information processing; 2) concept development; 3) social development; and 4) behavioral systems. Examples of models representing each family will be reviewed with an emphasis on practical implementation in teaching situations. Reflective teaching practices will be encouraged as students use the various models to plan for instruction.

EDUC7535 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)

An exploration of principles and strategies for helping all candidates to access content materials presented in secondary classrooms. Course focuses on teaching content vocabulary, activating prior knowledge, effectively using text materials and graphic organizers to improve comprehension, and designing lesson plans that promote content literacy. Also included are strategies for making content comprehensible for English Language Learners and other at-risk students.

EDUC7541 Education of Exceptional Children (3)

A survey of the characteristics and educational needs of students with learning challenges and those identified as gifted. Course emphasizes causes, incidence, and implications of disabilities and practical strategies for assisting all students to succeed in the regular classroom. Also included is information on special education law and individual educational plans as they apply to general education teachers. A 15- hour field experience is included.

EDUC7545 Classroom and Behavior Management (3)

An exploration of procedures for developing appropriate behaviors in the regular classroom both with regular students and with students considered behaviorally disordered. Behavior modification techniques will be discussed as well as development of management techniques. Non-instructional expectations of the teacher and relations with colleagues and parents will be explored.

EDUC7552 Instructional Coaching (3)

This course provides educators with practical study in instruction, curriculum, and innovation collaboration at the school site and district level.

EDUC7553 Curriculum, Assessment, and Collaboration (3)

This course surveys the collaborative processes needed to design curriculum and assessments aligned to specified learning outcomes.

EDUC7554 Innovative Instruction (3)

This course provides students with innovative strategies and approaches to instructional practice utilizing the H.A.C.K. Model of Instruction (Highly-Structured, Allowed Choices, Consistent Application, Knowledge-Centered) developed by NNU’s Doceō Center. While this course will include a comprehensive overview of the H.A.C.K Model, its primary focus will be on providing practices that build an innovative instructional mindset and increase student/teacher capacity in leveraging technology to meet outcomes through stages H (Highly Structured) and A (Allowed Choices) of the model.

EDUC7555 Mixed Methods Research (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to different approaches used in conducting educational research, the criteria used to judge the quality of research, and strategies to consider when designing a research study. The course will focus on both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and will also consider mixed-methods research designs and action research approaches. By the end of the course, students should be able to critically review research and be able to make research design decisions for their own research studies. Students will investigate research questions in school settings by independently preparing an action research proposal.

EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)

An introduction to statistical approaches to making decisions in K-12 schools. This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in education. The primary objective of the course is to understand how to read and find meaning in statistics as well as to use statistics for the purposes of self-guided research. No previous course work in statistics is assumed.

EDUC7557P Program Portfolio (0-1)

Students complete a metacognitive task that reflects on professional growth throughout the program. As a culminating project, students cite each of their key assignments (at least once in the paper) as evidence of the learning that supported the growth. Grade is pass/fail. Course is zero (0) credits when taken in the last semester of the program. Course can be completed for one(1) credit per semester until requirements for degree are successfully achieved.

EDUC7566 Educational Values (1)

A study of the educator's role in relation to student and societal values. Includes theories and practical application related to moral development and the educator's responsibility in character education and values formation.

EDUC7570 Oregon Law and Finance (2)

This course has two sections: Oregon Law and Oregon Finance. The finance section deals with two broad areas: school finance and budget management. It includes federal, state, and local roles in financing public education, school funding objectives, the history of Oregon school finance, the state-level process of budget development, and major school financing issues. The law section deals with the application of state and federal laws as they relate to local district operations and the operation of the state education program. The class is offered during odd-numbered years only.

EDUC7571 Education in a Globalized and Multi-Cultural Society (3)

The purpose of this course is to explore practices, philosophies, and attitudes related to the field of global education. Students will familiarize themselves with characteristics of a globalized society in order to gain a deeper understanding of worldviews and global perspectives of education. Course knowledge is designed to inform teaching practices that positively influence the academic success of ALL students. By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate how an educator's knowledge of students' cultural backgrounds can positively support learning outcomes. Students will understand the attributes of a globalized society and be able to apply instructional practices that increase a global perspective in the classroom setting.

EDUC7572 Innovative Instruction 2.0 (3)

This course takes educators into the next level of innovative instruction. Course content is designed to inspire and equip educators with a dynamic tool kit to blend, flip, and personalize instruction using innovative practices. Utilizing the H.A.C.K Model of Innovative Instruction developed by the NNU Doceo Center, educators will deepen their knowledge of not only how to shift instruction, but also the culture of the classroom where students consistently analyze, evaluate, and create information. Educators will walk away well versed in student-centered instructional practices such as Project-Based Learning (PBL), Blended Instruction, Design Thinking, and Competency-Based Education (CBE) that are common instructional approaches in C (Consistent Application) and K (Knowledge Centered) stages of the HACK Model. Educators will develop the skill sets to leverage technology through student inquiry that open up learning avenues for students. Prerequisites: EDUC7554

EDUC7575 Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)

An overview of constitutional and state legal expectations of the schools, both public and private, and basic principles of school finance.

EDUC7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (2)

Enables students to understand the legal complexities involved in identifying and providing educational services to students with special needs. Federal, state, and local laws including IDEA, Section 504, and ADA will be examined as well as case law.

EDUC7581 Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)

A discussion of the educator as an instructional leader and supervisory systems the leader can implement to improve instruction.

EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision-Making (3)

Data-based decision-making is at the forefront of school reform. This course provides classroom educators and building/district level leaders a practical framework for creating, analyzing, and interpreting a variety of informal, formal, and summative assessment data. Students will have the opportunity to apply assessment and decision-making skills to their own classrooms or schools. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDUC7556

EDUC7585 Administering Human Resources (3)

The role of the administrator is working with people. This course explores knowledge, application, and experience in the skills of decision-making, conflict management, goal setting, development of human potential, evaluation, and selection. Legal expectations including negotiations, contracting, and policy development are also explored.

EDUC7594 Topics (1-4)

Exploration of current topics or practices in education. May be repeated for credit.

EDUC7595G Practicum in Special Education and Related Services (4)

One semester of applied study in a district Special Education and Related Services office with on-site supervision by a graduate faculty member. Corequisites: EDUC7598D

EDUC7596III The Principalship/Internship in School Principalship (3)

A full year part-time supervised internship in a school setting concurrent with scheduled class sessions. Must be registered for this class during two semesters, three credits each semester, for a total of six (6) internship credits.

EDUC7596IIIB Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)

The administrative internship is a year-long assignment designed to provide practical experiences in the duties and activities of the principal. The internship experience should include participation in a maximum number of meaningful experiences related to the principal's role. A minimum of 360 clock hours is required. Students will complete a variety of tasks and duties typical of a building level principal under the supervision of an experienced principal. A portfolio binder will be submitted as evidence of the experiences during the internship. Grade of pass/fail. Course is zero (0) credits when taken in the last semester of the program. Course can be completed for one (1) credit per semester until requirements for degree are successfully achieved. Prerequisites: EDUC7596III

EDUC7598D Seminar: Special Education Policies and Procedures (2)

Developing and implementing district-wide special education policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state laws and mandates. Corequisites: EDUC7595G

EDUC7599 Independent Study (1-4)

Study of an assigned topic as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director is required.

EDUC7635 Teaching Health in the Secondary School (2)

Designed to provide knowledge and background in three divisions of health education: healthful living, school health services, and health education. Recognition of health problems of children and adolescents with the opportunity to develop competencies in handling methods and teaching techniques. Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7636 Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7638 Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School (2)

Introduces candidates to the basic principles of physical education for children in grades kindergarten through six. Emphasis will be on the development of systematic physical education programming. Candidates will participate in simulated teaching experiences and field observations. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7651 Teaching Methods in Secondary Schools (3)

An investigation of teaching methods and techniques appropriate for the secondary school classroom. Theoretical principles upon which teaching strategies are based and the principles of classroom management will be considered. Lesson and unit planning are included. Mini-teaching experiences are an integral part of this course.

EDUC7653 Teaching Art in the Secondary School (3)

Examine pragmatic techniques and philosophical approaches necessary to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive discipline-based art education program at the secondary school level. Additionally, both historical and contemporary art education issues are examined, discussed, and evaluated. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7654 Teaching Music in the Secondary School (3)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional choral materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Activities and music of various cultural groups will be explored. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7657 Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7658 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7659 Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary Schools (3)

Strategies for teaching literature, grammar, writing and other communication skills necessary to effectively teach secondary English. Emphasis will be placed on writing processes based on research, as well as on the selection of appropriate literature and how to teach it. Includes a 20 hour practicum for candidates to teach in a secondary English classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7663 Teaching Foreign Language in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7664 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for candidates to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. Corequisites: EDUC7651

EDUC7670 Teaching Business and Marketing Technology Education in Secondary Schools (3)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for students to assist and teach a minimum of 20 hours.

EDUC7685 Teaching Supervision (1-3)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching by endorsement only and certification only candidates, conducted under the supervision of NNU Supervisors. May be repeated for credit.

EDUC7686 Student Teaching in the Middle School/Junior High School (11)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching conducted under the supervision of a middle school/junior high school teacher and NNU supervisor. Weekly seminars are a part of this program. Candidates participating in fall student teaching should plan to report to their assigned school the first day that the teachers report. Candidates participating in spring student teaching will need to complete a "school start-up" experience in the fall before their student teaching. If possible, this start-up experience should be with their cooperating teacher. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: EDUC7651, Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC7687 Student Teaching in the Senior High School (11)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching conducted under the supervision of a senior high school teacher and NNU supervisor. Weekly seminars are a part of this program. Candidates participating in Fall student teaching should plan to report to their assigned school the first day that the teachers report for school start-up and continue with the teacher through Fall Student Teaching. Candidates participating in spring student teaching will need to complete a "school start-up" experience in the fall before their student teaching. If possible, this start-up experience should be with their cooperating teacher. Fees: $200 Student Teaching Fee. Prerequisites: EDUC7651, Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC7700 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Required by some Graduate Education master's programs for degree completion. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC7810 Elementary School Start Up (1)

A fall field experience to acquaint the candidate with practices for beginning the school year in an elementary school. Candidates attend opening faculty meetings in the school and observe and assist the teacher during the first week of school. Materials and instructions for this course must be secured from the Director of Student Teaching three months in advance of the opening of school. Prerequisites: EDUC7350, EDUC7360, Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC7820 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools (11)

Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching by candidates, conducted under the supervision of an elementary school teacher and NNU supervisors. Weekly seminars are a part of this experience. Candidates participating in fall student teaching should plan to report to their assigned school the first day that teachers report for school start-up and continue with the teacher through fall student teaching. Candidates participating in spring student teaching will need to complete a "school start-up" experience in the fall before student teaching in the spring. If possible, this start-up experience should be with their cooperating teacher. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC7950 Secondary School Start Up (1)

Attendance at the opening of faculty meetings, assisting in the preparation for opening of school and observing and assisting the teacher in a regular public school classroom during the first week of school. This work is to be done in the Fall before student teaching. Materials and instructions for this course must be secured from the Director of Student Teaching three months in advance of the opening of school. Prerequisites: EDUC7651, Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC7951 Seminar/Capstone (1)

Weekly reflection and discussion about changes in thinking and professional practice resulting from growth in teaching competency as it intersects with growth in the four university outcomes. Corequisite: EDUC7686, EDUC7687, or EDUC7820. Prerequisites: Approval for Student Teaching, Program admission required.

EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)

This required, online orientation course provides students with an overview of all Graduate Education Programs at NNU. It includes policies, procedures, and expectations of the Graduate Education Department, as well as introduces students to NNU campus departments with which they will be interacting throughout their program. Students will learn how to access library and other campus resources. They will also learn how to utilize the course management software used to deliver online courses and complete NNU requirements, as well as experience success as online learners. Grade of pass/fail. There will be a fee for this course for accreditation software.

EDUC8670 Labor Relations in Schools (3)

The historical and practical aspects of labor relations in the school setting. Laws and procedures for working with union and non-union employees will be presented. Negotiation skills will be developed.

EDUC8671 Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)

The impact of the psychological, sociological, and cultural changes that have made our schools into what they are today and how that impact affects school administration. Problem solving and decision-making skills will be emphasized.

EDUC8672 The Superintendency (3)

Prepares students for assuming the key leadership role of superintendent of a local school district. There is an emphasis on research-based role expectation and practical guidelines for superintendent behavior and developing a working relationship with the local school board.

EDUC8673 Advanced School Finance (3)

Provides the economic principles needed to provide insights into school finance for principals, teachers, business managers, and other school officials. The issues of educational productivity, allocation of resources, efficiency, and equity are covered. There is also a review of basic accounting principles and requirements applying to both district and building levels.

EDUC8674 School Facilities (3)

Prepares students for planning new school facilities and major upgrades. Facility maintenance, legal provisions involving financing, preliminary surveys of need, and relationships with architects and contractors will be covered.

EDUC8675 Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)

Interpreting the schools to the public and developing ways to provide a two-way flow of ideas between school and community will be explored.

EDUC8676 Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)

A study of the issues and potential resources involved in dealing with the diverse special populations in today's schools. These issues include, but are not limited to, cognitive differences (special education and gifted and talented), as well as ethnic, national, cultural, socio-economic, and religious differences.

EDUC8678 Central Office Internship (1-3)

The internship is taken for two semesters, and interns are assigned to practicing administrators in district offices. Monthly videoconference sessions with the instructor are scheduled. Students take a total of 4 credits across the spring and fall semesters, choosing 1-3 credits for any one semester. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC8679 Leadership and Organizational Development Seminar (1-3)

The Leadership and Organizational Development Seminar is a one to three semester long internship designed to provide practical experiences in the duties and activities of an organizational or institutional leader. The internship experience should include participation in a maximum number of meaningful experiences related to the administrator’s role. Students will complete a variety of tasks and duties typical of an organizational or institutional leader under the supervision of an experienced administrator within the organization or institution. This internship must be approved by the chosen organization or institution as well as the NNU program director. A binder will be submitted as evidence of the experiences during the internship. Grade of pass/fail. Course is three (3) credits total taken over one, two, or three semesters.

EDUC8694 Topics (1-4)

Exploration of current topics or practices in education. May be repeated for credit.

EDUC8699 Independent Study (1-4)

Study of an assigned topic as directed by a graduate faculty member. Prerequisite: The program director and department chair must approve the study plan before the student can enroll.

EDUC8701 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Required by the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Building Administrator program for degree completion. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC8702 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Required by the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Director of Special Education program for degree completion. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC8703 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Required by the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Superintendent program for degree completion. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC8704 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Required by the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Leadership and Organizational Development program for degree completion. Grade of pass/fail.

EDUC9150 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to the information and skills needed to critique, conduct, and report research in education. Students will be introduced to the concepts of research question development, topic exploration, structure and searching of online databases, use of the internet and the world wide web, critical evaluation of literature in the disciplines, and creation of annotated bibliographies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced an initial literature review using self-selected research articles. This course includes a fee for accreditation software. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9160 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Educational Research (3)

This introductory research methods course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the types of qualitative and quantitative approaches common in the field of education. Research and assessment issues will be discussed, specifically focusing on the main qualitative and quantitative traditions (experimental design, correlation design, case study, phenomenology, survey design, grounded theory, ethnography, narrative, historical, and mixed methods design). Students will read and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative research, conduct components of research, and identify methodological elements and issues. Statistical software is used throughout the course. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9165 Research Seminar (2)

Students will explore and engage in scholarly inquiry related to their anticipated research topic. In addition, students will synthesize diverse research perspectives and develop an understanding of the expectations of rigorous, doctoral-level writing. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9170 Advanced Qualitative Research: Analysis and Methods (3)

Students examine in depth the theory and practice of the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative research in education. Students will be able to critique qualitative research and create and design an effective qualitative research project related to their anticipated dissertation topic. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9180 Advanced Quantitative Research: Analysis and Methods (3)

Students will examine the theory and practice of the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative research in education. Students will be able to critique quantitative research and develop an effective quantitative research project related to their anticipated dissertation topic. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9200 Policy Influence and Development (3)

Students will explore and investigate strategies for engaging in and working to shape education policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Students will engage in relevant conversations regarding current educational issues and work to influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of education. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9300 Effective Leadership for Change Management (3)

Students will examine leadership for effective change management. Students will examine multiple theories of leadership and change and apply them to current educational initiatives. Students will be able to articulate their philosophy of leadership and be able to critique examples of leadership in change. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9400 Advanced Data Analysis and Research I (3)

Students will explore and analyze data generated from their research and conduct statistical, descriptive, or qualitative analysis. Prerequisites: For Ed.D.: Prerequisites are 9900 and 9500. For Ph.D.: Prerequisites are 9901 and 9500, Program admission required.

EDUC9410 Advanced Data Analysis and Research II (3)

Students demonstrate competency in various techniques for gathering, analyzing, and reporting data. Students are challenged to extend and apply knowledge and skills developed in coursework as they partner with professors to fulfill the class requirement of writing and submitting a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisites: EDUC9400, Program admission required.

EDUC9500 Professional and Ethical Leadership (3)

Students will examine the impact of leadership on policy and procedure development and its role in protecting individual rights, honoring diversity, and advancing student learning. Students will examine their values and beliefs as leaders and explore ethical frameworks and perspectives. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9900 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Dissertation Proposal (3)

This directed study course includes the defense of the dissertation topic, the identification of the methodology to be employed in the dissertation process, the composition of the dissertation proposal with initial outline and bibliography, and the selection of the dissertation committee. To successfully complete this proposal class, the student must have all of the following: written approval to conduct research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), signature approval from the dissertation chair and the doctoral program director to proceed to the oral proposal defense, and signature approval from the dissertation chair and the doctoral program director to conduct the research as presented in the oral proposal. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: EDUC9170, EDUC9180, EDUC9200, EDUC9300, Program admission required.

EDUC9901 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Dissertation Proposal (3)

This directed study course includes the defense of the dissertation topic, the identification of the methodology to be employed in the dissertation process, the composition of the dissertation proposal with initial outline and bibliography, and the selection of the Dissertation Committee. The emphasis is in a scholarly tradition that leaves students with expertise in the area of their dissertation research. This course focuses on research and scholarship, emphasizing greater breadth and depth in theory and research methodology. To successfully complete this proposal class, the student must have all of the following: written approval to conduct research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), signature approval from the dissertation chair and the doctoral program director to proceed to the oral proposal defense, and signature approval from the dissertation chair and the doctoral program director to conduct the research as presented in the oral proposal. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: EDUC9165, EDUC9170, EDUC9180, EDUC9200, EDUC9300, Program admission required.

EDUC9910 Dissertation Research I (3)

This directed study course includes the initial stages of research and the review of relevant literature/scholarship under the supervision of the dissertation advisor. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: For Ed.D.: Prerequisites are EDUC9900 and EDUC9500; for Ph.D.: Prerequisites are EDUC9901 and EDUC9500, Program admission required.

EDUC9920 Dissertation Research II (3)

This directed study course is a continuation of EDUC9910 Dissertation Research I and includes some initial stages in writing portions of the dissertation under the supervision of the dissertation advisor. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: EDUC9910, Program admission required.

EDUC9930 Extended Dissertation Research and Writing (3)

This directed study course is designed to allow a student who is admitted to the doctoral program but who is not enrolled in a doctoral class to continue to work on a dissertation with access to assistance from the dissertation chair and NNU library resources. Instructor permission is required to enroll. This course may be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

EDUC9990 Dissertation Writing and Defense (3)

This directed study course includes final revisions and an oral defense of the written dissertation. Students must obtain written permission from their dissertation chair and dissertation committee to proceed with the oral defense. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: EDUC9400, Program admission required.