Teacher Leader Courses (TL)

TL 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 and advancements 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.
   
TL 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 the community support that it needs. This course is a combination of the 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 partnerships which will help the school to achieve its goals.
   
TL 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.
   
TL 7737
Curriculum (3)
  This course examines the tenets of curriculum. This course peruses 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.
   
TL 7740
Creating Effective Learning Environments (3)
  Instructional leaders must work within the framework of the Individuals 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, and maintain and evaluate instruction in order to build an effective learning environment.
   
TL 7747
Instructional Coaching (3)
  This course focuses on (a) common forms of instructional coaching including literacy coaching, cognitive coaching, and content coaching and (b) the components/stages of instructional coaching.
   
TL 7757
Staff Development
  Candidates consider and evaluate methods for promoting professional growth focusing on the improvement of teaching and learning. Various approaches to staff development and in-service education are examined in terms of their purposes and components.
   
TL 7767
Communication and Consultation Methods Practicum (3)
   .This course explores communication models and consultation methods as well as the implementation of those models to improve educational practices in the teacher leader. The course provides an opportunity for the teacher leader candidate to perform a variety of activities that a teacher leader must perform, under the supervision of a practicing teacher/ instructional leader. Focus is placed on strategies that will result in enhanced communication among all stakeholders, and increased student achievement.
   
TL 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.
   
TL 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 environment.
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