Instructional Leadership and Administration Courses (ILA)

ILA 6603
Tools for Managing Educational Resources (3)
  This course teaches instructional leadership candidates the skills and knowledge needed to conduct school business. Candidates will learn to manage a school’s educational resources. This course will focus on the following areas: organizational skills, financial planning, facilities management, technology usage, and principles and best practices needed to manage a school. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6607
Readings in Leadership (3)
  This course explores current literature and thinking in the field of organizational and administrative theory and practice pertaining to instructional leadership. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6609
Communication and Problem Solving (3)
  This course is designed to improve the instructional leadership candidates’ skills in communication and problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on listening skills, group dynamics, conflict resolution and consensus building. Special attention will be given to these topics while working with ethnically diverse populations. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6610
Grant Writing (3)
This course explores how to write a grant and discusses alternative ways of fundraising. Particular attention will be given to grant writing protocols and procedures, as well as dynamics involved in responding to a Request for a Proposal, and understanding the school system's bureaucratic structures. Prerequisite: Admission into an NCATE approved instructional leadership program.
   
ILA 6611
Community Relationships
The instructional leader realizes that there is great power in the community that can assist in increasing student achievement. This course will provide strategies that will enable the instructional leader to involve the community in meaningful ways and will result in significant student achievement. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6613
Legal Dimensions of Education (3)
  Public schools are among the most regulated industries in the United States. Constitutional, Legislative , and Judicial mandates control everything from the length of the school day/year to who is qualified to teach. This course will examine the legal precedents that impact instructional leaders. Distinct attention will be given to special education law, Constitutional freedoms, personnel law, civil law and to federal and state mandates related to student accountability. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instruc-tional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6625
Specialized Topics in Instructional Leadership (3)
  A seminar concerned with an in-depth examination of one topic that is acutely important to instructional leadership. Candidates are expected to use primary resources, journals, and the Internet to research and discuss the topic. The primary format of the class will be discussion, although group exercises, individual presentations and written responses will also be used. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6633
Instructional Leadership (3)
  This course examines the essence of instructional leadership. It considers the importance of being able to develop and articulate a vision. The focus of the course centers on those leadership abilities and traits that promote student achievement for all students. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6640
Building and Maintaining Collaborative Learn-ing Environments (3)
  With the changes mandated by the 2007 re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), it is vital for instructional leaders to be aware of their responsibilities in the development and maintenance of collaborative learning environments. This course will present the most up-to-date research related to collaborative learning environments as well as how to establish and promote them. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6643
Human Resource Administration (3)
  This course is designed to deal with the selection, staffing, and development of all school personnel. Salary schedules, personnel policies, and fringe benefits will be studied. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6658
Working with Diverse Populations (3)
  According to recent demographic predictions, the American classroom will continue to increase in diversity. According to some estimates, within the next 20 years ethnic minorities will become the majority. To succeed in this changing world, instructional leaders must be prepared to lead a diverse learning environment. This course will provide instructional leadership candidates with the skills, abilities, dispositions, and strategies to foster learning environments where all children including those with special needs, can experience success. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6662
Orientation in Instructional Leadership & Administration (2)
  This course is designed to orient the instructional leadership candidate to the expectations and requirements of the instructional leadership administration program. Course content includes assessments of learning approaches as well as leadership aptitudes and skills. The residency and mentoring components of the programs, as well as other program requirements are covered. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6663
Practicum I (2)
  The purpose of this course is to provide instructional leadership candidates with school-based experiences at the elementary, middle, secondary grade levels as well as the central office level supervised by full-time university faculty members and approved local mentors. The intern will gain school-based experiences in planning, for continuous improvement, teaching and learning, human resource development, diversity, community and stakeholder relationships, and technology. Prerequisites: ILA 6662. Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6664
Practicum II (2)
  The purpose of this course is to provide instructional leadership candidates with school-based experiences at the elementary, middle, secondary grade levels as well as the central office level supervised by full-time university faculty members and approved local mentors. The intern will gain school-based experiences in leading, teaching, and learning. Prerequisites: ILA 6663. Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6684
Curriculum and Instructional Strategies (3)
  Which instructional practices support the highest gains in student achievement? If one reads the publicity enclosed with new programs, they all do! How is the busy instructional leader to know how to separate the genuine instructional practice from the fad? This course examines the current research that supports student learning and engagement. In order for instructional leaders to promote effective learning environments, they must be able to understand, identify, and apply effective learning theories and methodologies. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 6691
Research Methods (3)
  This course is a study and evaluation of a variety of research methods; including but not limited to quantitative, qualitative, and action research, and reporting formats used in education and the social sciences. Prerequisite: Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
ILA 6692
Using Data to Make Decisions (3)
  This course focuses on basic statistical processes and measures used in education. It provides an opportunity for the student to analyze a variety of standardized prognostic, diagnostic, and achievement tests. Candidates will also learn to collect data from teacher and student observations to obtain knowledge concerning teacher evaluation. Prerequisites: ILA 6691. Restricted to candidates who are admitted to a State of Alabama approved Instructional Leadership & Administration program.
   
ILA 7700
Adult Learning Theories and Managing Change (3)
  This course will focus on the examination of how adults learn in instructional settings and managing change. The adult learners’ characteristics will be examined. Adult learning theory and current trends on advancement in adult learning and managing change will be examined. The focus will be on preparing the student to make better instructional decisions and use of resources in the education and training of adults.
   
ILA 7702
Involving Parents and Community Stakeholders (3)
  The focus of this course is on the successful school and what it must do to garner parental involvement and community support that it needs. This course is a combination of theory of community relations (why must communities support local schools to achieve their goals?) and a primer on how to develop the family and community partnership which will help the school to achieve its goals.
   
ILA 7703
Law, Ethics, and Policy Development (3)
  This course considers the relationship between policy and school operations. The candidate will have the opportunity to explore firsthand the creation, development and evaluation of policy, specifically educational policy. A review of ethics and the law will help to understand the role that policy plays in the daily affairs of education.
   
ILA 7717
Mentoring (3)
  The purpose of this course is to prepare educational leaders to serve as role models and mentors for individuals. The educational leaders will develop methods, techniques and organize mentorship programs. Leaders will develop a knowledge base upon which to make informed reflective decisions about mentorship programs in diverse educational settings.
   
ILA 7740
Creating Effective Learning Environments (3)
  Instructional leaders must work within the frame-work of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in order to effectively create, develop and maintain a highly efficient learning environment. This course will present best practices and the most up to date research related to the creation of effective learning environments within the public schools. The focus of the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. As a result of the course, instructional leaders will be able to establish, develop, maintain and evaluate instruction in order to build an effective learning environment.
   
ILA 7746
Organization and Human Resource Development (3)
  The greatest asset any organization possesses is its employees. Current research indicates that organizations routinely report 80% of the expenses go to employee compensation. This figure underscores the need for skills to increase the performance of this very important asset. This course examines the leadership of human resources and what it takes to create an environment where employees can thrive.
   
ILA 7791
Current Trends and Issues in Instructional Leadership (3)
  Examines the trends and issues that arise impacting educational policy. Emphasizes group and individualized integration of theory and application of professional knowledge toward a given trend and /or issue affecting public education from a national, state, or school-based level.
   
ILA 7792
Advanced Comprehensive Research Strategies (3)
  This course is intended to explore the concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods application for research in education. Participants apply their skills in research design by completing a proposal for a substantive study related to the improvement of instructional services. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
ILA 7793
Program Evaluation (3)
  This course focuses on a variety of concepts and strategies associated with effective planning in Educational and Human Services organizations.
   
ILA 7794
Research in Action (3)
  The purpose of this course is to provide instructional leaders with a study of the processes involved in identifying, framing, evaluating, analyzing and seeking information about problems faced by schools. The goal for the student is to propose a research and implement a study that examines a problem currently impacting the K-12 school setting.
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