ESE Curriculum

Leadership Foundations (12)

ADL 705 - Theories of Leadership

Describes theories of leadership, studies the relationship between leadership style and organizational change, and examines the implementation process of a leader's vision.

ADL 737 - Information Technology Administration

Explores the leadership and administration role in the implementation and management of information technology within a professional organization.

ADL 745 - Organizational Change

Explores organizational theories and development from a leadership perspective with a focus on change within organizations, groups, and individuals.

Choose one of the following Leadership Foundations Courses:

ADL 720 - History of Education

This course provides a holistic approach and comprehensive "map" of education - from its rudimentary elements in the Fertile Crescent, to medieval societies, to the cybernetics revolution of our present day. Emphasis is given to the historiography of education in several contexts.

ADL 730 - Sociology of Education

This course examines the school and university systems as well as other educational organizations, from a social and cultural perspective. Issues related to social, economic, and demographic changes are emphasized.

ADL 739 - Ethical Issues in Education

This course provides ethical frameworks and components in leadership experiences in both education systems and public service organizations. It provides opportunities to interpret, apply, and evaluate theoretical frameworks, resources for choices, and impacts of decisions.

ESE Specialization Core (15)

ESE 770 - School Law and the Exceptional Education Student

Designed to provide in-depth information about the laws pertaining to exceptional student education and their appropriate application. Students become familiar with the necessary competencies in dealing with federal and state laws as they pertain to persons with disabilities.

ESE 775 - Seminar in ESE: Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Emotional Handicaps, or Giftedness

Focuses on advanced theory and research in exceptional student education. Investigates advanced work in social and psychological research about persons with learning disabilities and/or mental retardation and/or emotional handicaps, and/or giftedness. Students focus on advanced theory and research in their area of expertise.

ESE 785 - Future Trends and Issues in Exceptional Student Education

Explores and analyzes divergent perspectives about current and future trends and issues in Exceptional Student Education, including innovative programs, inclusion, placement, labeling, future funding, and controversial issues with regard to the effectiveness of Special Education.

ESE 789 - Conducting Empirical Studies in Special Education

Provides students with opportunities to conduct empirical research by examining and comparing content, interpretation, and utilization of Exceptional Student Education/Special Education research, including single subject designs. Required by all PhD students in Leadership and Education with a Specialization in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Prerequisites: ESE 770, ESE 785, HSE 703, HSE 705, and HSE 707.

ESE 795 - Administration and Supervision of Exceptional Student Education Programs

Designed to develop knowledge and mastery of competencies necessary in special education administration. Focuses on the administrative roles in the organization and operation of exceptional education programs as well as management issues in the delivery of effective programs, while emphasizing the administrator's ability to work in inclusive settings.

ESE Electives (3)

  • Methods – an ESE Assessment course
  • Methods – an ESE Curriculum Design course
  • Methods – an ESE Pedagogical Strategies course
  • Methods – an ESE Behavior Modification course

Research Foundations (18)

HSE 703 - Philosophy of Science and Theory Development

A critical analysis of philosophy of science and epistemology as applicable to theory development in the human science disciplines.

HSE 705 - Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

A critical analysis of qualitative methods of inquiry for the human sciences to facilitate the understanding of the aims, processes, and outcomes of these methods. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE 706 - Advanced Qualitative Methods

Seminar discussions of qualitative readings to facilitate an advanced understanding of the qualitative perspective in nursing, education, and social work research. This course is specifically designed to assist students in particular methods for research and practice implications. In depth analysis distinguishes this course from first qualitative course. Prerequisite: HSE 705.

HSE 707 - Quantitative Methods of Inquiry

Examines advanced competencies to conceptualize, design, execute, analyze, report and publish quantitative research that delivers new and useful knowledge. Balances its presentations of research theory and computer-based tools with applications to world problems. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE 708 - Advanced Quantitative Methods

Builds on principles of measurement, design and sampling presented in HSE 707. Students learn to code, organize, reduce, and analyze quantitative data, and to interpret and report results. Emphasis on a variety of common statistical procedures, the assumptions underlying each, and the criteria for selecting them. Prerequisite: HSE 707.

EDU 701 - Advanced Study in Education Research: Quasi-Experimental Design & Analysis

Offers opportunities to pursue a research project with the guidance of an advisor in areas of special interest to the student; approval of program advisor required.

Dissertation (6)

  • ADL 798 - Dissertation Seminar

  • ADL 799 - Dissertation

  • ADL 800 - Continuous Enrollment