Educational Administration

Department:
Graduate Studies

Chairperson:
Cathryn Busch

Faculty:
Jane Crossley
Charlesetta Ellis
Athanase Gahungu
Alexander Makedon

Degree(s)/Certification(s):
M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration
+ State of Illinois Type 75 Certificate (Building Level)

Content Designations:
EDLG
EDLH

The Educational Administration program consists of two options: General Administration and Higher Education Administration. The General Administration program provides the background necessary for employment as an elementary or secondary school principal, assistant principal, assistant or associate superintendent, superintendent, supervisor, curriculum consultant, or department chairperson. The Higher Education Administration program provides the background and skills necessary for employment as an assistant dean, research assistant program director, student service director, or curriculum coordinator. 

Students who complete the General Administration option qualify for the Type 75 State of Illinois Certificate with a Principals endorsement. The department also offers a program that qualifies individuals who have a graduate degree for the Type 75 State of Illinois Certificate with a Principals endorsement. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills and Content Area Test for Principals. The General Administration program has been nationally accredited since 1954.

In addition, an individual who holds a graduate degree from an institution recognized for teacher preparation and who is seeking a recommendation for the Administrative Certificate from Chicago State University may choose to works towards an administrative certificate without a degree. All admission and graduation requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration program in general administration must be met. A maximum of six hours of equivalent course work may be transferred into the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending to apply to the general administration option program must:

present written recommendations from two school administrators and /or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s work;

provide documentation of completion of a minimum of two years full-time teaching or school service personnel work at the elementary or secondary level in a public, private, or parochial school setting;

choose the certification or non-degree route.

Applicants intending to apply to the higher education administration option program must:

present written recommendations from two school administrators and /or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s work;

provide written verification of completion of a minimum of two years two full years of educational work related experience from a school district or higher education personnel officer.

General Requirements

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a program leading to advanced certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
  • Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses.
  • A full academic schedule of courses for graduate students is nine semester credit hours. Exceptions to this policy may be made only with the approval of the department.
  • All master’s degree requirements must be completed within six years.

Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.

Specific Requirements 36 credit hours

Required Core Courses 9 credit hours

ED 5960; ELCF 5010, 5130.

General Administration

Required Designation Courses 27 credit hours

ELCF 5210, 5240, 5310, 5330, 5340, 5350, 5370, 5720, 5980

Other Requirements

Students are required to provide proof of passing the Illinois Certification Content Area Test for Principals prior to enrollment in ELCF 5350.

Higher Education Administration

Required Designation Courses 24 credit hours

ED 5440; ELCF 5380, 5410, 5600, 5780, 5790, 5920, 5930

Elective (Choose One) 3 credit hours

ED 5312, 5650; ELCF 5240, 5310, 5550, 5620, 5640.

Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Foundations (ELCF) Course Offerings

5100/410 POLITICS OF EDUCATION (3)

An examination of the various political forces in educational institutions, the community, government and society that influence and shape education. Designed to enable educators to become more effective and responsible actors within the complex web of political relationships that impact public education. Research and theory in education, social science, and public policy, with applications through case-study analyses and student projects.

5130/413 HUMAN RELATIONS AND LEADERSHIP (3)

Study of basic concepts and principles of interpersonal relationships, dynamics of groups, and organizational leadership. Emphasis on theory and application. Student will learn to observe and assess interpersonal, group and organizational dynamics in multicultural settings, and learn effective interactions and problem solving skills. Designed for teachers, trainers, supervisors, administrators, school service personnel and community leaders.

5210/421 FOUNDATIONS OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION (3)

Prerequisite: Twelve hours of professional education.

Introduction to the study of educational administration with emphasis upon the nature of the administrative process, administrative theory, and long range planning and personnel management; overview of structure, governance, policy of public education, and school reforms at the local, state and federal levels including legal, business, financial and the political, social and cultural context of schools in society. Administration of schools and programs including multicultural student populations and exceptional children.

5240/424 SCHOOL SUPERVISION /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

An analysis of the components of supervisory behavior in education and their influence upon the participants in the process of supervision; human and technical skills in personnel management; organizational factors affecting the performance of the supervisor; problematic areas within educational institutions and their influence upon supervisory behavior. Practical aspects of program and personnel evaluation; improvement of school learning climate and academic achievement will be emphasized as they relate to school reform and both multicultural and exceptional populations. Twenty clock hours of practicum experience in schools.

5310/431 COMMUNITY RELATIONS /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

An analysis of the role of educational policy in the modern community, community power structure and resources, the social and political context, and the principles of community relations in the context of social change, including group processes, multicultural and multiethnic understanding, the needs of exceptional students, interagency cooperation, funding, and evaluation. Students are provided opportunities to develop materials for use in their institutions. Twenty clock hours of practicum experience in schools.

5330/433 SCHOOL LAW (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

Practical application of educational law. Key content areas related to the legal system; role of the federal, state and local government; the legislative process; school/higher institutions of learning governance; school/higher institutions of learning policies, rules and regulations; church and state; civil rights; students and parents’ rights and responsibilities; teachers’, faculty and administrators’ rights and responsibilities; collective negotiations; torts and contracts; and legal research are covered. Selected legal principles, statutes, cases and law agencies, which affect all levels of Illinois public learning institutions, are also analyzed.

5340/434 PRACTICUM IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT I (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5010, 5130, 5210, 5240, 5310, 5330, 5370, 5980 and consent of department.

The major purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with a supervised experience in the functions and duties associated with instructional leadership and school management. Each student will participate in administrative activities related to instructional leadership one term and school management the other term. Examples of tasks include staff and curriculum development, pupil personnel services, establishing and maintaining effective learning environments, implementation of policy, business and facilities management, and community relations.

5350/435 PRACTICUM IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT II (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5340; Successful completion of the ICTS examination in General Administration/Principles, and consent of the department.

The major purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with a supervised experience in the functions and duties associated with instructional leadership and school management. Each student will participate in administrative activities related to instructional leadership one term and school management the other term. Examples of tasks include staff and curriculum development, pupil personnel services, establishing and maintaining effective learning environments, implementation of policy, business and facilities management, and community relations.

5360/436 ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

Provides a general understanding of the personnel functions in education. Decision-making and problem-solving involving school personnel and supervision will be emphasized. Functions of recruitment, assignment, development, coordination, compensation, appraisal, negotiations, in-service education, motivation, and dismissal are included.

5370/437 SCHOOL FINANCE (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

Primary focus on the financing of Illinois public schools. The theoretical background and legal bases of public school finance and the application of those theories to various school finance models. Budget analysis, state aid mechanisms, taxing and auditing processes, and legal foundations in relation to salary, transportation, contracts, liability, and managing facilities will be emphasized. Practicing consultants and school business managers case studies, and simulated materials will be used to highlight practical applications.

5380/438 COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210, 5330, or consent of the department.

Explores the historical, sociological and legal elements, which have influenced the development of collective bargaining. Concepts associated with the current process of collective negotiations relevant to elementary/secondary school districts and higher institutions of learning are examined. The role of school districts/higher institutions of learning personnel, public sector and media are stressed. Simulated bargaining exercises, which include the use of table tactics/strategies and impasse resolutions, are also offered. 

5400/440 HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.

Application of higher education administrative law. Federal, state, and local legislation, regulating, policies pertinent to contractual agreements, including collective bargaining, tort law, and discriminatory practices. Cases Law and related research topics affecting the governance of higher education institutions.

5510/451 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

To avoid repetition of instruction, a student who has taken in another institution the courses in education given at Chicago State University, may with the consent of the Graduate Committee enroll with a designated instructor for the independent study of certain educational problems of mutual interest. Plans for such investigation are made in written form or in such a manner as the instructor may specify.

5530/453 SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM (3)

Current secondary school curricular practices and alternatives explored and analyzed. Examination of factors influencing curriculum development, organization, and content of the curriculum in various secondary field subjects and in core.

5600/460 SEMINAR IN FINANCING AND BUDGETING OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5380 or consent of the department.

A theoretical study of the legislative process for financing higher education, including state aid; taxation/grants; and private funding. Budget analysis and auditing processes will be explored as they relate to contracts, salaries, and school facilities.

5710/471 ADMINISTRATIVE USES OF MICROCOMPUTERS (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5210 or consent of the department.

An overview of administrative uses of microcomputers in educational settings. Emphasis will be on data management functions. Focus on hardware and software for use with budgets, schedules, record keeping, data processing, and word processing. Also includes some programming and review of educational hardware systems and software packages.

5780/478 PRACTICUM IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION I /106 HOURS IN FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: 24 credit hours of core requirements and consent of the department.

A supervised internship to provide students with field work experience at the community college level. Each student will participate in duties relative to the responsibilities of entry and mid-level community college administrators. Examples of task include faculty/staff development; student personnel services; policy implementation; business and facilities management; and, community relations.

5790/479 PRACTICUM IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION II /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5780 and consent of the department.

A supervised internship to provide students with field work experience (106 clock hours) at the senior college or university level. Each student will participate in duties relative to the responsibilities of entry and mid-level and senior college or university administrators. Examples of task include faculty/staff development; student personnel services; policy implementation; business and facilities management; and, community relations.

5820/482 ETHICS IN EDUCATION (3)

Applications of ethical principles to education. Critical examination and analysis of long-established systems of ethics. Systems may include, but not limited to, idealism, utilitarianism, relativism, and [perspectivism. Every student will also be expected to develop, explain and defend a personal ethic of educational practice.

5900/490 THE ADULT LEARNER (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department

An examination of demographic changes fostering attention on adult and young adult learners as well as stages and phases of adult life and characteristics as a framework for effective planning, programming and marketing of adult education.

5920/492 ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Examination of the historical and philosophical elements relative to the governance of higher education. Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge about organizational structure; student services; and related faculty/staff functions. Current trends relevant to higher education issues will be emphasized.

5930/493 HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION AND EVALUATION (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5130, 5330, 5380, 5920.

In-depth analysis of administrative behavior as it applies to the decision-making process. Functions associated with recruitment; student policy; the community; and program/ institutional evaluation are included.

5950/495 PRACTICUM IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Twenty-four (24) hours of core requirements and departmental approval.

Supervised experience in performing the functions and duties associated with curriculum and instructional leadership in the area of concentration. Each student will participate in activities related to curriculum development and instructional improvement. Examples of tasks include staff development, curriculum development, unit and program development, creating effective learning environments, technology integration and instructional improvement. Thirty hours per week.

5980/498 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: ELCF 5010, 5210, 5240.

An examination of elementary and secondary schools with emphasis upon the role of the principal and his/her relationship with personnel; administrative behavior analyzed in terms of tasks and processes that aid in improving educational programs. School climate and quality learning environment and academic excel- excellence, staff development, curriculum development, finance, action research; opportunity to solve problems with simulated materials which includes an emphasis on program and personnel evaluation. Social and cultural factors and special education programs will be analyzed. Twenty clock hours of practicum experience in schools.

Additional ELCF courses related to Curriculum & Instruction / Instructional Foundations are listed in Curriculum & Instruction program pages in this catalog.