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Graduate Bulletin Homepage |Site Index | Educational Administration and Policy Studies Courses

Courses in Educational Administration and Policy Studies

Aps 500 United States Educational Governance, Policy and Administration (3)

Historical and current trends in educational governance, policymaking, and administration. Analyses of K-12 and higher education issues at the federal, state, and local levels. Special emphasis on education reform issues specific to New York State.

Aps 525 (R Pos 525Q, R Pub 525Q, A Wss 525) Feminist Thought and Public Policy (3)

Examination of the implications of public policy research and implementation from a feminist perspective; the coherence or lack of it amongst different models of public policy formation, different perspectives on specific public policy issues and different orientations within the women's movement.

Aps 570 Introduction to Law and Education (3)

Covers the legal rights and responsibilities of professional personnel and students in K-12 American education, with emphasis on constitutional principles. Topics include: public-private distinction, freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, academic freedom and tenure, and due process and equal protection guarantees. Designed primarily for teachers, supervisors, and department chairs.

Aps 600 Introduction to Organizational Leadership (3)

Overview of concepts and theories essential to the understanding of educational organizations. Emphasizes organizational structure and processes. Includes topics such as structure, technology, goals, control, power, conflict, communication, leadership, motivation, environmental/interorganizational relations, effectiveness, and change.

Aps 601 Introduction to Social Analysis (3)

Examines the historical and social context of educational leadership. Identifies environmental factors that impinge upon the functioning of school, postsecondary, adult, and other educational leaders. Selected issues related to the economics, sociology, and politics of education are analyzed.

Aps 602 The Economics of Education (3)

The usefulness of economic analysis in the study of education and educational policy, including methods of economic analysis, determinants of economic and educational success, effects of education on equality, equity, and allocative efficiency, public vs. private production of education in a democratic society.

Aps 603 The Political Economy of Educational Planning and Development (3)

Applies the concepts and techniques of the economics of education to current issues concerning manpower planning and human capital development and utilization. Emphasizes planning issues in less developed as well as developed nations. Prerequisite: Aps 602 or consent of instructor.

Aps 604 (E Soc 631, A Soc 604) Macrosociology of Education and Educational Leadership (3)

The leadership of schools and school systems from the perspective of sociology. The relationships between education and other societal subsystems are treated in historical and comparative perspective. Particular attention is given to the nexus between schools, the economy, the polity, and systems of social stratification.

Aps 605 (E Soc 632, A Soc 603) Microsociology of Education and Educational Leadership (3)

Concepts and theories from sociology and social psychology selected for their relevance to organizational behavior. Stresses the relations between research findings and application to organizational problems. Topics include individual differences, attitude formation and change, perception, motivation, influence processes, and group formation as they affect both individuals and educational organizations.

Aps 606 (E Phl 606) Ethics and Education (3)

Relationships of ethical theories to education. Consideration given to absolutist and relativist ethical positions, the possibility of teaching people to be ethical, and contemporary theories of social justice.

Aps 607 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (3)

Introduction to the theory and practice of labor-management relations and collective bargaining in education. includes legal and social context, history, and process of bargaining in elementary-secondary and higher education. Relation of bargaining to administration and governance, impasses, strikes, administration of labor agreements.

Aps 608 Politics of Education (3)

Introduction to fundamental themes in the politics of education. Uses concepts from political science and leadership to help analyze the political side of contemporary issues in educational leadership and policy studies. Relates educational politics to broader political patterns.

Aps 609 Educational Leadership for B-16 Systems (3)

This seminar describes, explains, and evaluates B-16 whole systems educational reform.  Special emphasis is accorded to innovative, theoretically-sound, and research-supported leadership for practice, policy, and systems change.  Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Aps 610 Organizational Development (3)

The nature and practice of organizational development (OD) in formal organizations. Concepts, objectives, values, processes, techniques, design, and implementation of OD programs in educational settings.

Aps 614 Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership (3)

Introduction to the basic methods of quantitative analysis for leadership and management in educational settings. Topics include methods for description, modeling, forecasting, inference, and presentation of data relevant to monitoring, assessment, and planning in education. Includes use of spreadsheet and other analytical tools.

Aps 618 Family and Community Partnerships (3)

Analysis of school improvement-oriented partnerships with families, community organizations, and neighborhood associations with special emphasis on health and social service agencies, youth development organizations, and local coalitions.

Aps 619 Supervisory Leadership (3)

Examines the context, purposes, concepts and uses of instructional supervision from the perspective of the school leader. Stresses application of models and methods of evaluation for accountability and quality control and for professional development. Includes practical experience through classroom observation, analysis of portfolios, and case-based methods.

Aps 621 Administration of the Elementary School (3)

Application of the basic principalship responsibilities to the administration of the modern elementary school. Prerequisite: Aps 500 or equivalent.

Aps 622 Administration of the Secondary School (3)

Literature, research, concepts, and skills related to leadership, staff development, decision-making, communication, evaluation, and in-service education at the secondary level. Emphasizes principal's leadership role as well as current issues affecting the conduct of the secondary school.

Aps 623 School Board and Community–School Relations (3)

Practices, issues, and principles of district-level leadership with regard to school board, intergovernmental relations, and effective communication with the community. Emphasis is placed on school district leaders working effectively with school board members and with senior school district managers in developing and implementing district policies and managing district affairs.

Aps 630 Financial and Human Resources in Education (3)

Fundamental concepts of management of financial and human resources, as applied to schools and school districts. Stresses the application of principles of budgeting, human resource deployment, and the utilization of facilities. Topics include planning, budget development and administration, recruitment, appointment and assignment of staff, and regulations concerning personnel administration.

Aps 631 (Pub 631) Economics of Education II (3)

This course examines K-12 education policy from an economic perspective. Economic principles are applied to issues of resource allocation, finance, and the behaviors of key stakeholders. Topics include: models of student achievement with particular focus on the role of resources, school finance, teacher labor markets, and the effect of various forms of school choice. Prerequisites: Pad 503, Aps 602, or permission of instructor.

Aps 632 Current Best Practices in School Business Management (1)

Series of seminars by field practitioners on selected current topics in school business management. Includes recent legislation, school-banking relations, negotiations for noninstructional personnel, self-insurance, and OSHA regulations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Aps 642 Seminar in Adult and Continuing Education (3)

Problems of scope, organization, program initiation, leadership, coordination, and integration with community development. Prerequisite: Preparation and experience in adult education programs.

Aps 649 Administration of Athletics in Higher Education (3)

Introduction to the theory and practice of athletics administration in U.S. higher education.  Includes history and current context, regulations, ethical issues, and relationship to academic programs. 

Aps 651 Administration of Institutions of Higher Education (3)

Analysis of controls in higher education: internal organizational patterns, roles of trustees, administrative personnel, and faculties. The impact of teaching, research, criticism, and sanctions on the differentiation of institutional goals. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Aps 652 College Student Affairs (3)
An introduction to the roles and functions of student affairs in American higher education, including historical origins, philosophical underpinnings, and current issues facing student affairs administrators.

Aps 654 Two-Year College in American Education (3)

Historical and sociological contexts of the two-year college in America; consideration of the purposes, roles, and trends in the development and structure of the two-year college.

Aps 655 Administration of College Staff Policies (3)

Procedures and practices related to recruitment, selection, orientation, promotion, compensations, grievances, leaves, negotiations, and retirement. Staff and trustee participation in college governance.

Aps 656 Sociology of Higher Education (3)

Application of the methods and findings of sociology to universities and other institutions of higher education. Special emphasis on the social and intellectual consequences of forms of academic organization and the social backgrounds and cultures of students and faculty.

Aps 657 History of Higher Education (3)

Development of institutions of, practices in, and ideas about higher education from their medieval European origins to contemporary universities and other institutions of higher education in the United States and in comparative perspective.

Aps 658 Politics of Higher Education (3)

Political aspects of higher education. Focus on contemporary policy issues. Emphasizes relationships between institutions and external actors, especially governments. Political relationships within institutions. Concepts from political science are used to investigate who governs, autonomy-accountability balances, public interest, and power distribution.

Aps 659 Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education (3)

An examination of accountability, including accreditation and quality assurance in higher education.  Topics include development and use of rankings, assessment methods, program reviews, external accountability and linkages to planning and budgeting. 

Aps 660 Introduction to Educational Management (3)

Organizational planning and decision making in K-12 and postsecondary levels. Using a systems framework, topics relate to environmental conditions, the description and analysis of basic alternative planning and model, the design of information systems, and mechanisms of control. Students are involved in planning and decision-making projects.

Aps 662 Survey Research Methods (3)

The course provides an introduction to modern survey methodology through current literature and links to in-practice surveys that offer an overview of both the theoretical and practical aspects of survey research.  Students practice developing questions, designing questionnaires and conducting mini-small-scale surveys.  Particular attention is paid to decision-making processes in designing a survey as well as to research in cognitive psychology that informs questionnaire development.  Beyond designing and conducting survey research, the course covers organizing data, interpreting results and writing reports.

Aps 666 Comparative Education (3)

A study of the forces influencing the development of education in modern industrialized nations. Special emphasis on comparative methodology in research dealing with the social economic, and political causes and consequences of the structure of education systems.

Aps 670 Analysis for Educational Policy and Leadership (3)

Production and use of analysis to inform educational decisions and policies. Acquaint students with the nature and methods of applied inquiry in education and to help them develop skills for conceptualizing fundamental educational problems, frame problems for analysis, develop recommendations for action, forecast potential consequences of implementing such recommendations.

Aps 671 Current Research on Educational Leadership & School Reform (3)

This course explores school reform and educational policy by investigating current school improvement models and education initiatives focusing on their relation to educational leadership and instructional practice. 

Aps 672 Educational Public Relations (3)

Principles of educational information service. Constructive method of continuous community education. Sociological basis of public relations. Analysis of current educational reports and publications. Practice in the production of public relations materials.

Aps 673 Advanced Human Resources Policies in Education (3)

Definition and determination of staff needs. Policies for recruitment, selection, assignment, salary planning, promotion, grievances, professional development, evaluation, benefits, and services. Concepts and practice of labor-management relations and collective bargaining in education, with attention to legal and social context, bargaining process, and relation of bargaining to leadership and governance.

Aps 674 Educational Leadership in Federal and State Governments (3)

Administration of education by state and federal governments, internal organization and coordination of agencies and bureaus, changing roles and relationships of government as they affect educational leadership.

Aps 675 Programs and Services for the Disabled (3)

The legal, political, social, and educational implications of current federal and state statutes and court rulings concerning the education of pupils with handicapping conditions. Planning, implementation, and monitoring of programs for the handicapped within these legal mandates.

Aps 676 Law and Special Education (3)

Federal and selected state statutory provisions and administrative regulations relevant to educating special needs students. Particular emphasis is given to recent judicial, legislative, and policy developments. An overview of the legal basis of education, the structure and function of the judicial system, and the import of the U.S. Constitution is provided.

Aps 677 (Rdg 677) Organization and Administration of Literacy Programs (3)

Examines organizational/administrative issues at three levels (societal/government, district/school, and classroom). Covers these topics: historical perspectives on literacy, current philosophies/theories, federal and state regulations, supervision techniques, district- and school-level reform (professional development, selection of materials/strategies, curriculum reform, assessment, etc.); classroom organization for literacy instruction (materials, grouping practices, etc.), evaluation of literacy initiatives.

Aps 680 Seminar in Educational Administration (3)

Individual and group study and discussion of specific problems involving principles of educational administration. Designed for students in the master's program.

Aps 687 Institute in Education (2-9)

Special course, not part of the pattern of regular offerings, designed to meet particular nonrecurring needs. Available for department use and subject to department approval.

Aps 694 Management Skills Practicum (2-3)

Emphasis on personal and interpersonal management skills acquisition within a case study/role play format; combines conceptual learning and behavioral practice. Topics include developing self awareness, managing personal stress, solving problems creatively, establishing supportive communication, gaining power and influence, motivating employees, delegating, decision making, managing conflict and conducting meetings.

Aps 697 Independent Study in Educational Administration (2-6)

Supervised independent study designed to meet particular needs in master's-level programs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Aps 699 Master's Thesis in Educational Administration (2-6)

Aps 700 Organizational Management and Leadership in Education (3)

This course surveys major contributions of organizational theory and management through readings and discussion of classical and contemporary texts. Participants will learn to explore, appreciate, and critique different theoretical systems and frameworks and to apply them to the study of an organizational problem of current interest in education.

Aps 701 Advanced Social Analysis (3)

Critical issues in the application of social science methodologies to an understanding of the environmental context in which educational administration operates. Attention is paid to the contribution of specific disciplines, including anthropology, economics, political science, sociology and social psychology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted to doctoral program in EAPS.

Aps 714 Introduction to Research Methods in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (3)

The course introduces students to the broad range of approaches to doing research in EAPS. It surveys research methods and designs applicable to topics in educational administration, decision making, and policy analysis with emphasis on how to choose effective methods and the consequences of those choices. Prerequisite: Passing grade on department's statistics qualifying examination.

Aps 715 Research Practicum in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (3)

Designed to provide the student with experience in actual research design and conduct concerning administrative and policy study areas and issues. The final product will be a 20- to 30-page research prospectus, which may subsequently provide background for the student's dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: Aps 714. This course is only open to students who have passed the departments comprehensive exam.

Aps 716 Leadership and Administration (3)

Literature and research on leadership. Differing approaches to understanding educational leadership, as well as to conditions that relate to the application of varying leadership styles and strategies. Personality, situational, motivational, political, and organizational factors and approaches are compared. Conditions which affect educational leader/manager effectiveness.

Aps 718 Interprofessional Leadership for School, Family, and Community (3)

Analysis of leadership for school, family, and community partnerships with special emphasis on how schools can leverage and strengthen family and community resources for learning, success in school, and healthy development. Topics include interprofessional and community collaboration, parent empowerment, school-linked services, after school programs, and community development strategies.

Aps 720 The Principalship (3)

Working with the administrative staff, selection and assignment of teachers, curriculum and daily schedule, office routine, internal organization, special services, semi-public functions, relations with the State Department of Education, research and surveys, and the local community.

Aps 724 Administrative Planning in Higher Education (3)

Policies to guide growth and development; application of techniques for decision making; use of planning models.

Aps 727 Politics of Private and Independent School and College Administration (3)

The political relationships of compulsory public education and public- assisted postsecondary education to private and independent schools. Focus on financial management, certification, and the implications of voucher and tuition tax credit policies.

Aps 729 Seminar on Labor Management Relations in Education (3)

Advanced topics in the study of labor-management relations in elementary, secondary, and higher education. Topics include models of bargaining behavior, role of labor activities on governance and operations, dispute resolution and the impacts of labor policies. Course activities include analysis of selected research literature and design of empirical studies.

Aps 730 Advanced School Business Leadership (3)

Concepts and practices of district-level school business management, with emphasis on theoretical issues and practical, district and state-level policy issues related to budgeting and finance. Applications include effective linking of school business management to learning and achieving equity for children and taxpayers.

Aps 731 Public School Finance (Advanced) (3)

Explores research in the field, including adaptability, and cost-quality studies. Emphasis on the development of educational fiscal policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Special attention to debt service and income management.

Aps 742 Seminar in Administration of Adult Education Settings (3)

Advanced topics in the study of administration in organizations providing learning opportunities for adults. Topics include assessing needs, inter- and intra-organizational linkage, community education, leadership, community relations, evaluation. Course activities include analysis of selected research.

Aps 745 Advanced Seminar in the Politics of Education (3)

Trends and research in the politics of educational governance. Relationship of courts, legislature, executive, and educational agencies in state politics. Interactions of local boards, citizen groups, teacher federations, and administrators within local school systems. Students complete in-depth case study or analysis of significant political issue in education.

Aps 750 Higher Education Finance (3)

Analysis of higher education in the United States. Investment nature of higher education decisions, the definition and estimation of benefits and costs, and the alternative private and public means of financing. Prerequisite: Aps 602 or consent of instructor.

Aps 751 Higher Education Law (3)

Impact of laws, regulations, and judicial opinions on institutions of higher education. Legal issues involved in various controversies co- extensive with inquiry regarding the educational and policy implications of the legal cases considered.

Aps 752 Research Colloquium on Higher Education (3)

Interdisciplinary research seminar where faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars share interests in higher education research. A variety of perspectives from academic disciplines (economics, history, political science, sociology, etc.). Seminar attempts to make disciplinary inquiry more useful to the policy-making process in higher education.

Aps 753 Seminar on College Persistence (3)

The seminar analyses the issues, theoretical models, research and practice on college choice and persistence. It presents case studies to illustrate how theory and research informs institutional practices.

Aps 755 The Human Service Professions in Engaged Universities (3)
Analysis of innovative instructional programs, research methodologies, and community partnerships in engaged universities with special attention to the human service professions. Topics include service learning, community-based research, and inter-professional education. Barriers, constraints, and facilitators for engagement are explored, along with the implications for faculty careers and faculty evaluation systems.

Aps 757 Seminar in the Administration of the Community College (3)

Organization and management of the two-year college as a distinct sector of postsecondary education. Topics include administrative concepts and functions such as finance, governance, and management of academic programs. Major field-based project required.

Aps 760 Advanced Study in Educational Management (3)

Survey and synthesis of the basic literature and concepts from both the micro and macro levels of analysis in the knowledge base of the field. Designed to develop the analytical and support skills necessary to independent inquiry and advanced professional scholarship. Prerequisite: Must be admitted to doctoral EAPS or CAS program.

Aps 761 Theory in Educational Administration (3)

Major recent trends in organizational theory and theory in behavioral and social science as applied to educational administration.

Aps 762 Seminar in Advanced Research Methods for Educational Leadership (3)

Special topics seminar on advanced or specialized research methods in the study of education policy and organizational leadership.  Topics will vary, but will draw on the instructor's expertise with applying cutting-edge data collection or analysis techniques to the study of educational institutions and systems.  Students may repeat this course as the topic changes.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

Aps 764 Computer Applications in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (3)

Use of the computer as a tool in the management of an educational institution. Students are expected to apply the computer to real/simulated management problems.

Aps 766 Education and Social Change in Developing Nations (3)

Role of formal schooling in the economic and social transformation of developing nations. Outcomes of educational policy and the dilemmas of micro- and macro-educational planning.

Aps 770 Law and School District Leadership (3)

Comprehensive survey of legal and statutory materials relevant to K-12 educational leadership. Topics include: structure and function of the legal system; the rights/responsibilities of professional personnel and students; torts, contract, and school-district property issues; and church-state relations. Designed primarily for district-wide leaders.

Aps 771 Educational Policy and the Law (3)

Major law-related educational controversies that have reshaped educational policy in the last 25 years. The law and its interaction with educational policy and practice considered within the framework of the definition and implementation of the goal of equal educational opportunity.

Aps 780 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership (3)

Individual and group study of specific problems in the leadership of educational organizations. Includes the completion of a field-based case analysis or project. May be repeated for students seeking multiple certification.

Aps 800 Seminar in Administrative Analysis I (3)

Part I of a year-long research seminar for experienced administrators in the doctoral program. Concentrates on a different substantive theme each year, and stresses applying research to problems in educational administration and policy making. Requirement of major research project resulting in a paper assessing a policy problem and presenting research- based recommendations for solutions. Prerequisite: Permission of department.

Aps 801 Seminar in Administrative Analysis II (3)

Part II of year-long research seminar (same description as for Aps 800).

Aps 887 Institute in Education (2-9)

A special course, not part of the pattern of regular offerings, designed to meet non-recurring needs.

Aps 890 Research and Independent Study in Administration (2-6)

Designed to meet the needs of students in advanced programs. Prerequisite: Consent of department.

Aps 891 Seminar in Administrative Research (3)

Required of all doctoral students in EAPS. Theoretical and practical aspects of research design, problem definition, and application of research methodology. Advancement of student's dissertation proposal to stage of departmental review hearing. Prerequisite: Completion of all doctoral core requirements. Normally taken during or subsequent to residency year.

Aps 895 Internship (1-6)

Participation in planned experiences which emphasize the student's professional objective. May be repeated up to six credits.

Aps 895B Internship (4)

Participation in planned experiences which emphasize the student's professional objective. Includes a seminar.

Aps 896 School Leadership Internship I (2 or 4)

Participation in a year-long internship experience leading to New York State certification in school leadership. The first course of a three-course sequence. Includes a seminar. Prerequisites: Aps 600, Aps 601, Aps 614, and one Aps social science elective.

Aps 897 School Leadership Internship II (2 or 4)

Participation in a year-long internship experience leading to New York State certification in school leadership. The second course of a three-course sequence. Includes a seminar. Prerequisite: Aps 896.

Aps 898 School Leadership Internship III (2 or 4)

Participation in a year-long internship experience leading to New York State certification in school leadership. The third course of a three-course sequence. It builds on the experiences gained in Aps 896 and 897. Includes a seminar. Prerequisite: Aps 897.

Aps 899 Doctoral Dissertation (1)

Required of all candidates completing the doctoral degree.

Last updated on 6/3/2009