THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG

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10.6  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, POLICY, AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (AEL, AHE, AIL, BEF, CAT)
Department Head: Professor Philo A. Hutcheson, Office: 301C Graves Hall
 
The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies is to prepare ethical and reflective practitioners, researchers, and scholars for work in K–12, higher education, and other educational settings. Through teaching and outreach, the department strives to promote the values, knowledge, and skills needed to improve education in the state and across the region, and, through the scholarly activities of its faculty and students, contribute to national research. Leadership in all areas requires an understanding of curricular, instructional, supervisory, and administrative processes—as well as awareness of the ever-changing social, political, legal, moral, and economic contexts of education. In line with the College’s Conceptual Framework, programs offered through the department meet these challenges by addressing the themes of Student and Community, Disciplinary and Pedagogic Expertise, Technology and Assessment, Collaboration and Life-long Learning, and Democracy and Diversity. We respect diversity, honor difference, and promote social justice. The department also maintains an on-going, open dialogue about educational improvement through its association with various federal, state, and local educational agencies and professional organizations.

 

The department offers Class A and Class AA certification programs in educational leadership, master's degrees in educational leadership and higher education administration, EdS degrees in educational leadership, and EdD and PhD degrees in educational leadership, higher education administration, and instructional leadership. Within the Instructional Leadership doctorate, students may also pursue concentrations in Instructional Technology or Social and Cultural Studies in Education. Courses in these two areas are also provided at the undergraduate level through the department.

Admission to the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) does not ensure admission to the doctoral programs. Admission forms and requirements, specific program parameters, departmental policies, and contact information for each doctoral degree can be found at the ELPTS website.

The department comprises the following academic programs. 

 

COMPUTERS AND APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
Professor Margaret Rice, Office: 315 Graves Hall

The Computers and Applied Technology Program provides supporting coursework in computer technology for students throughout the College.

Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

 
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

David L. Dagley, Ph.D., J.D. ,ddagley@bamaed.ua.edu;  Office: 209 Carmichael Hall

 
The following programs provide learning opportunities for educators who hold or aspire to leadership responsibilities in educational settings. Courses in these programs are designed to provide students with technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills essential to theory and practice.

 

Degrees offered by the Educational Leadership Program include the MA, Ed.S., Ed.D, and Ph.D. In addition, study options are available to provide eligibility for both Class A and Class AA certification. Admission and degree requirements for the Graduate School,  the College of Education, and the ELPTS department are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership/Class A Certification (P–12)

Brenda J. Mendiola, Ed.D., bjmendiola@bamaed.ua.edu;  Office: 307-A Graves Hall

(30 semester hours). The primary purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership is to provide students with the initial certification in Alabama for Instructional Leadership in P-12 schools. Because the degree program is coterminous with the certificate, we call it the Instructional Leadership Program (ILP). The coursework provides students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the field of instructional leadership for schools. Candidates learn to work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of educational leaders. The program content is consistent with state and national standards.

The requirements for admission to the ILP leading to administrative certification include (a) a valid Alabama Class B professional educator certificate in a teaching field or a valid Alabama Class A professional educator certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area, (b) a minimum of three full years of full-time, satisfactory professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one full year of full-time P-12 teaching experience, (c) the submission of a portfolio before the interview, (d) an application to the educational leadership department, and (e) passing an interview conducted by the program committee. Individuals must be unconditionally admitted to the Class A instructional leadership program before enrolling in any instructional leadership courses in the program.

The application portfolio must include (a) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's principal or direct supervisor, (b) a completed copy (all forms) of the most recent performance evaluation including the professional development component, if available, (c) evidence of ability to improve student achievement, (d) evidence of leadership and management potential, including evidence of most recent accomplishments in educational leadership, (e) a summary of the candidate's reasons for pursuing the certification in instructional leadership, and (f) a summary of what the candidate expects from the certification program.

In order to be awarded Class A certification, students must (a) maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 on all courses with no grade below a "C", (b) receive a passing score on a comprehensive assessment documenting mastery of the curriculum, (c) successfully complete the internship and residency, (d) receive a passing score on the required Praxis exam, (e) complete a survey of special education course (SPE 300 or SPE 500) or its equivalent. The certification programs of the department have been designed to fulfill current requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education. The state requirements change from time to time and, accordingly, the department's requirements and programs are subject to change.

Field experience objectives, including progression from observation through participation to leadership behaviors are embedded in each course and assessed by the faculty member of record for each course.

The program of study leading to Class A administrative certification is based on a cohort approach to instruction with cohorts being established annually. For admission forms and requirements, specific program parameters, departmental policies, and contact information, please review the ELPTS website.

 

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership/Class AA Certification

Phillip Westbrook, Ed.D., pwestbrook@bamaed.ua.edu; Office:328 E Graves Hall

(30 semester hours). Students who earned initial credit toward Class AA professional certification during the Fall 1992 semester or later must enroll in and complete the EdS degree program. Courses used to qualify for a lower-level supporting certificate may not be used again in a higher-level certification program. Also, effective Fall 2010, students who are admitted to the program must (a) present an acceptable GRE or MAT score (see application policy), (b) hold master's-level certification as Instructional Leader, Principal, Superintendent, Superintendent/Principal, Educational Administrator, Supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), or Administrator of Career and Technical Education and (c) meet one of the following criteria: (1) Class A certification in Instructional Leadership earned after completing a redesigned program at an Alabama university, (2) currently serving as a superintendent, assistant or associate superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), administrator of career and technical education, coordinator, or evaluator; or (3) three years of experience in an instructional leadership position.

Admission and degree requirements for the Graduate School and for the College of Education are detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. Admission and degree requirements are subject to change and are under revision at the time of publication. Please check with the Office of Student Services & Certification or the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies for the most current information.

To be awarded Class AA certification, students must (a) earn a passing score on a comprehensive exam covering the content of the program, (b) maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses with no grade below a "C", (c) complete the State Department of Education certification application forms, and (d) complete the survey of special education course SPE 300 or SPE 500. Please note: Classes taken for Class A certification and credits over six years old cannot be counted toward this degree. The certification programs of the department have been designed to fulfill current requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education.

In order to maintain compliance with the Alabama Board of Education, admission and program requirements are subject to change. Admission forms and requirements, specific program parameters, departmental policies, and contact information can be found at the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies website.

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership/non-certification option

Phillip Westbrook, Ed.D., pwestbrook@bamaed.ua.edu;  Office: 328-E Graves Hall

 

(30 semester hours). The Educational Specialist Program in Educational Leadership (non-certification) provides an option for aspiring educational leaders who are not seeking state administrative certification. This degree serves individuals who are preparing for further study in the field, and who are preparing for leadership positions in a variety of settings with a focus on becoming competent and creative leaders of learning. The program comprises four semesters of intensive coursework including a common introductory course about what it means to be an instructional leader and a culminating course experience that involves students in school-community partnerships. The cohort design allows students to take their beginning and culminating courses together, whenever possible, and provides options in selecting other coursework.

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a Technology concentration (non-certification)

Professor Margaret Rice, Ed.D., mrice@bamaed.ua.edu; Office: 315-F Graves Hall

(30 graduate hours) The non-certification Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a Technology concentration is an option for students and working professionals who currently hold a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing study in educational and instructional technology. The degree is designed to prepare students for leadership in technology related positions and enhance the skills of practicing professionals. It provides advanced training in the use of technology in teaching and learning.

Additional requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Masters and Professional Certification) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog. 

 

 David L. Dagley, Ph.D., J.D., ddagley@bamaed.ua.edu; Office: 209 Carmichael Hall
Doctoral Degrees

Two doctoral degrees are offered in the Educational Leadership program.

 

As a professional degree, the Education Doctorate (Ed.D). in educational leadership is designed to meet the needs of those individuals seeking to improve their knowledge and skills to become highly competent educational leader-practitioners at the state, district, school or classroom level. Toward these ends, the Ed.D. is designed to promote a standard of excellence intended to meet the growing demands faced by educational leaders in a context defined by instructional leadership, accountability for the quality of teaching and learning, increased globalization, diversity, and the ongoing emergence/evolution of  digital technologies. 

 

A minimum of 72 semester credit hours beyond the Masters degree is required for completion of the Ed.D. program. These hours are distributed as follows. Students must successfully complete the 12 hour AEL Core plus 24 additional hours of AEL electives. A 12 hour set of Education Foundation courses is also required. Students may take any graduate level BEF or BEP course and/or any non-research methods courses outside of the ELPTS Department or College of Education to fulfill this requirement. Students must also complete 12 semester hours of Educational Research (BER) and enroll in a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation (AEL 699).

 

The primary purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is to prepare students for careers in the professoriate or policy arena as an analyst, agency executive or consultant. As a result, the Ph.D. degree requires more extensive contact with and immersion in the university culture. This contact and immersion take the following form: more research course requirements (15 hours of coursework and 24 hours of dissertation research); an on-campus residency requirement; extensive interaction, dialogue and work with faculty on research projects; and expectations that students will present this research at conferences.

 

Program course requirements are the same for the Ph.D. and Ed.D. with the following exceptions:  1) A minimum of 76 hours beyond the Masters degree is required for the degree;  2) Ph.D. students are required to take only 12 graduate hours of AEL electives; 3) Ph.D. students are required to take 15 hours of research (BER); and 4) Ph.D. students are required to complete, at a minimum, 24 Dissertation hours (AEL 699).

 

Additional requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Doctoral Programs) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog. Specific details for both programs can be viewed and downloaded at the AEL program website. 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
Professor John Petrovic (Social and Cultural Studies), Office: 307C Graves Hall

Professor Margaret Rice (Instructional Technology), Office: 315F Graves Hall

 

The Instructional Leadership Program is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to learning communities. We develop future scholars, researchers, and instructional leaders for schools, colleges and other learning institutions. Our work is guided by the principles of reflective practice, professional growth, individual responsibility, the pursuit of social justice, an ethic of caring, and a commitment to the communities we serve. The program differs from the one in educational administration in that it focuses primarily on the development of leaders with expertise in fields such as curriculum, instruction, supervision, technology, and the social and cultural factors influencing learning. We also focus on training for distributive and shared leadership teams.

 

Doctoral Degrees

The EdD in instructional leadership provides learning opportunities in the areas of policy, curriculum, supervision, and human resource and professional development for educators who hold or aspire to leadership responsibilities. Students who hold this degree are prepared to assume leadership and instructional positions in schools, educational organizations, community colleges and universities. 

The PhD in instructional leadership prepares educational leaders, scholar practitioners, policy makers, professors, and researchers who can utilize—and contribute to—knowledge of learning processes, pedagogy, and the social foundations of schooling. Courses focus on curriculum, professional development, supervision, learning, pedagogy, and questions of diversity and social justice. Throughout, the overarching aim is to develop the skills of inquiry and reflective decision making so that graduates are able to construct ethical and politically informed judgments that advance education while respecting diversity, honoring difference, and promoting social justice. The PhD offers optional concentrations in instructional technology (preparing future researchers, teachers, and corporate trainers in the field of instructional design and e-learning) and the social and cultural foundations of education (preparing students for academic positions in higher education).

 

Instructional Leadership – Instructional Technology Concentration
Professor Margaret Rice, Office: 315F Graves Hall

 

The technology course offerings include basic support courses for graduate teacher education programs throughout the College of Education and for programs in other units of the College and University. Students pursuing a PhD in instructional leadership may choose a concentration in Instructional Technology.

 

Students pursuing alternative doctoral residency in the Instructional Technology concentration of the Instructional Leadership PhD degree will enroll in 18 hours of approved graduate level coursework across three consecutive semesters. The 18 hours of coursework must include at least nine hours of approved coursework at the Tuscaloosa campus, three hours of coursework in AIL691: Doctoral Seminar: Instructional Technology, and no more than six hours of advisor approved online/distance education/Gadsden coursework.

 

Instructional Leadership—Nurse Educator Program (EdD)

Professor Stephen Tomlinson, Office: 307-B Graves Hall

 

The UA College of Education and the Capstone College of Nursing have combined to offer a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. This program is designed to prepare future faculty for teaching positions in community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

 

Working within annual cohorts and employing distance-based instructions, coursework requirements and the dissertation study are typically completed in 4½ years.

 

The curriculum supports the competencies for nurse educators specified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing (SCCEN).

 

Instructional Leadership – Social and Cultural Studies Concentration (PhD)

Professor John Petrovic, Office: 307C Graves Hall

 

In addition to supporting the concentration in the Instructional Leadership degree, courses in social and cultural studies are offered for majors across the College of Education and other academic units across campus. Drawing on disciplinary studies in philosophy, history, sociology, the mission of the Social and Cultural Studies program is to examine critically the relationships between education and society toward the promotion of social justice in both U.S. and global contexts. Coursework and research place special emphasis on analyzing diversity and social inequities generated by factors such as race, gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, language, and sexual orientation with the overarching goal of preparing theoretically-informed leaders with the critical understanding of social and cultural issues necessary to enact organizational, curricular, and pedagogic reforms within their respective institutional settings. 

Students in this concentration may follow an alternate doctoral residency requirement. Instead of enrolling in 18 hours of approved graduate level coursework across two consecutive semesters, students may do so across three consecutive semesters. The 18 hours of coursework must include six of the twelve hours of the doctoral core on the Tuscaloosa campus. Students may include up to six hours of advisor approved online, distance education, hybrid, and/or Gadsden coursework. Students may not take more than three hours of online or hybrid instruction in a single semester during the residency period.

 

Additional requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Doctoral Degrees) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

 

 
HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
Professor Karri Holley, Office: 328A Graves Hall

 

The Higher Education Administration Program is exclusively graduate-level.  Through its varied course offerings and structured learning experiences, it meaningfully serves a broad clientele, especially current and future administrators of two- and four-year colleges and universities. Course offerings are designed primarily to train, sensitize, and broaden the information base of administrators and personnel already affiliated with institutions of higher learning, and to prepare others for employment with institutions of higher learning in Alabama, the Southeast, and the nation. The program offerings also complement other courses of study undertaken by graduate students pursuing other majors within the area, the College, and the University. The program in higher education administration offers the following degrees: the MA, EdD, and PhD.

Master’s Degree

The Master of Arts degree in higher education is offered in two locations: Tuscaloosa and Gadsden. The Master of Arts is a 36-hour degree program and is designed for students seeking to enter a range of professional careers in postsecondary education. Students can choose electives that focus on higher education administration or student affairs. The program follows standards and guidelines from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and it includes courses in foundational studies, professional studies, supervised practice, research, and electives. The program partners with staff in student and academic affairs to provide professional development opportunities in and outside of the classroom experience. All master’s students are required to complete an internship.

Doctoral Degrees

The Higher Education Administration Program offers a PhD program in Tuscaloosa only. The EdD program is offered in Tuscaloosa and Gadsden. The EdD program also is offered in an executive format.

The PhD degree prepares students to assume scholarly roles in higher education. The PhD program emphasizes working with faculty in a one-on-one setting with students participating in a mentored teaching and research sequence, providing first-hand experiences of faculty life. Students investigate and contribute to a body of knowledge that informs higher education policy and practice at the institutional, statewide, national, and international levels. The PhD requires 78 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. These 78 semester hours include at least 54 hours of coursework and 24 hours of dissertation research. The program of study also includes 12 semester hours in theoretical foundations and a minimum of 12 semester hours in research methods.

PhD students also are required to complete mentored teaching and mentored research courses. In mentored teaching, students are required to assist a higher education faculty member with course instruction. In mentored research, students work individually with a higher education faculty member to complete a research project.

The EdD degree provides academic preparation and professional development for those individuals who have or will assume upper-level administrative and executive roles in two- and four-year colleges and universities, state and federal postsecondary education agencies, and other education-related organizations. The curriculum is designed around the key competencies necessary to assume a leadership role, with courses in program assessment and evaluation, policy, organizational change, and student affairs administration. The EdD requires 66 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. These 66 semester hours include at least 54 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation research. The plan of study also includes 12 semester hours in theoretical foundations and a minimum of 12 semester hours in research methods.

The Executive EdD program is designed to meet the unique needs of experienced professionals seeking a doctorate in higher education. The program helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to advance in leadership positions by combining theoretically-rich studies with an applied research approach. The Executive EdD is a cohort program that allows students to build an immediate network of colleagues. Intensive coursework and a carefully-structured dissertation process allow students to complete the degree in nine semesters and maintain professional positions. The Executive EdD program’s alternative format meets all the expectations of a rigorous higher education program, including the credit hour and degree requirements stipulated by the College of Education and the Graduate School.

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching 

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is a 12-credit (4-course) sequence designed to help graduate students in a variety of professional settings and disciplines who seek to enhance their understanding of teaching and learning issues for adult learners, particularly at institutions of higher education. Students who participate in the certificate program will have exposure to theory, research, and practice related to the professoriate and to teaching and learning in higher education. The intent of the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is to assist professionals in responding to the increasingly complex and diversifying social and cultural contexts for adult learners. Students who complete the Certificate will have it listed on their transcripts. The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is designed to help students clarify goals related to student learning; develop knowledge of and skills for using effective instructional methods; improve capacity for assessing student learning; and understand the characteristics of the United States professoriate and what it means to be a member of it.

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching involves coursework in The United States Professoriate and in College and University Teaching. Moreover, students take an elective related to a specific area of interest. Finally, students participate in a mentored teaching experience. The coursework includes AHE 602: College and University Teaching; AHE 602: The United States Professoriate; AHE 688: Mentored Teaching in Higher Education; and one elective related to college teaching.

Interested students should apply through the Graduate School’s Online Application Center. The time limit to complete the certificate requirements is four years. 


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