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Course : Instructional Improvement and Staff Development

Course Number
EDLE 5683
Section Number
Fall 2023
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Students will study how principals can support and improve excellence in classroom instruction for a diverse student population. Conferencing skills, observation techniques, evaluation techniques, peer coaching, classroom management, staff development, individual decision-making, and developmental supervision are some of the concepts to be examined.


Course Learning Objectives:

  1. The candidate will differentiate between traditional and dynamic schools.
  2. The candidate will evaluate and articulate supervisory beliefs and personal supervisory styles.
  3. The candidate will define and apply developmental and clinical supervision knowledge and skills to improve instruction.
  4. The candidate will develop and plan effective professional development based on the instructional needs of teachers.

Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will discuss and identify elements of traditional and dynamic schools.
  2. Students will learn how their own interpersonal behaviors affect individuals as well as groups of people and identify ranges of interpersonal behaviors to enhance change-oriented relationships.
  3. Students will design a professional development program to support teachers based on their instructional needs.
  4. Students will develop professional development based on the needs of teachers to improve instruction for a diverse student body.

The Master of Education degree with a major in Educational Leadership prepares students for school leadership roles. The program provides opportunities for students to learn and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions set forth in the following standards and competencies. 

National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards. 

Course Texas Principal Certificate Standards (TExES 268) / Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 149, Rule §149.2001 (Link: TAC Chapter 149. Principal Standards)

ISTE Educational Leader Standards

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 228, RULE §228.10 (a)(1)

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 228, RULE §228.30

Educator Preparation Curriculum

(Link: TAC Chapter 228, Rule 228.30)

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