EDLA 6421 Vision of Learning for Diverse Students, Families, Staff, and Community
(3 semester hours)
This course focuses on educators as leaders and change facilitators. Leadership theory, effective communication, effective group facilitation, community relations, will be analyzed through the specific lens of a charter / small school leader. Methods to articulate a vision consistent with well-developed educational philosophy will be explored. Candidates will participate in learning experiences designed to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts in practical setting. There will be a strong emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, special education and the successful development of English Language Learners, and the parent-school relationship. Candidates will develop a concept for a new charter / small school and complete Element I of a standard charter / small petition that includes Mission and Vision of the school, educational program, learning goals and how those goals inspire and enable self-motivated, competent life-long learners.
EDLA 6423 Student Learning and Professional Growth for Diverse Students, Families, Staff, and Community
(3 semester hours)
This course assists candidates to understand the role that learning, leadership, leading for learning, and learning leaders play in the practice of being a reflective practitioner. Candidates will learn how to lead learning both directly and indirectly in their school or organization while addressing the specific challenges and needs of a charter / small school. This class provides candidates with a variety of opportunities to consider teaching the challenge of driving instruction through curriculum and professional teaching standards, observations, evaluations and interventions, accountability systems, professional development and data-driven decision making. There will be a strong emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, special education and the successful development of English Language Learners, and the parent-school relationship. Candidates will complete crucial elements of their charter / small petition with emphasis on the instructional program and curriculum, instructional framework, meeting the needs of numerous sub-groups of students, and teaching methodologies and ongoing professional development (Elements 1, 2, & 3).
EDLA 6429 Specializing in Charter/Small School Leadership Preparation with Petition Writing Lab
(4 semester hours)
This course will provide an overview of business aspects and management needs for running effective charter / small schools. The course will emphasize the unique aspects of charters as public schools that possess a substantial amount of autonomy in exchange for high levels of public accountability. Candidates will learn how effective practices in budgeting and finance, operations, human resource development, facilities management, governance, and fundraising contribute to high levels of student achievement in charter / small public schools. Additionally, candidates will participate in a writing lab to complete the charter / small school petition.
Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning.