Houston Christian University Catalog

Exec Educational Leadership (EDSU) Course Descriptions

  • EDSU 7303 Public Policy in Education

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course examines the context for policy making and the process of policy development and implementation. It includes the study of organizational structures for educational decision-making at the federal, state, county, and local levels, with emphasis on how and where influence can be exerted.

  • EDSU 7306 Field Experience in Executive Educational Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 48 hours in the Doctoral Program

    Candidates participate and are evaluated in an intensive study and field experience relating to positions in educational leadership. Candidates will write a manuscript for publication or for a presentation at a professional conference.

  • EDSU 7308 Finance Principles and Practice for Christian School Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): EDSU 7303 and EDSU 7306 and EDSU 7310 and EDSU 7320 and EDSU 7322

    The course covers finance and funds development principles and models as well as major trends and issues in the study of resource acquisition and use in Christian schools and auxiliary enterprises.

  • EDSU 7309 Educational Law & Policy

    Prerequisite(s): EDSU 7303

    The course examines the tension between competing philosophical theories and the construction and function of educational policy and key legal issues that govern daily and long-range decisions of educational leaders. Contemporary debates in educational policy, law, and ethical issues will be explored and the development of educational policy and the initiation and impact that influences educational institutions will be examined.

  • EDSU 7310 Program Evaluation

    Prerequisite(s): EDLR 7311 and EDLR 7312 and EDLR 7323

    Essentials of policy and program evaluations focuses on establishing whether a particular program, regulation, or policy is achieving its intended outcome by investigating whether it has had a verifiable causal effect on intended (and unintended) outcomes. The coursework covers the use of effective evaluation procedures and applications that will allow educational leaders to become knowledgeable consumers. The course presents a variety of methods and applications that are included in the repertoire of educational personnel who successfully evaluate school programs and policies.

  • EDSU 7320 District and Community Relations

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The course focuses on systems for developing school-community relations and an understanding of the school district’s purposes, functions, achievements as related to the needs of all stakeholders. Best practices and relevant research involving the communication of student achievement data, systems management by effectively using media such as websites, newsletters, and local news agencies will be explored.

  • EDSU 7321 District Finance, Plant Planning and Management

    Prerequisite(s): EDSU 7303, EDSU 7306, EDSU 7310, EDSU 7320, and EDSU 7322

    The course is designed for school superintendents, business managers, and other school personnel whose responsibilities include school plant planning and management. Topics considered include how to use and maintain present school plants, keeping the school board and community informed as to building needs, selecting architects, and financing construction, and the developing educational specifications. It will also cover the roles, responsibilities, systems and procedures in school district business matters including budgeting, accounting, data processing, purchasing, personnel, and how bond packages are created for rapid district growth needs.

  • EDSU 7322 Human Resource Management

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The course focuses on the administrator’s role in recruiting and retaining adequate staff. Such topics as recruitment, salary policy, tenure, leaves, contractual obligations, and academic freedom are considered.

  • EDSU 7381 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.