Courses for MSSL or Building-Level Licensure

Leadership Core Courses

All courses are required for MSSL & Building-Level Licensure.

MAS 5010 - Foundations of Educational Administration
This course includes a study of personal and educational leadership applicable to building-level administration at the elementary and secondary level. Participants develop the ability to transfer beliefs and values, leadership theories, and educational research into policy and best practice. Participants study a number of topics related to leadership and administration, including team and community building, time management, theories of motivation, communication practices, societal expectations, organizational change, and the process of achieving win-win. Participants are introduced to the standards provided by the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) in preparation for the licensing examination later in the program. MSSL Core Course (This course must be completed prior to enrollment in any other school leadership course.) (3 credits)

MAS 5020 - Organizational Health and Performance
This course provides participants with leadership skills needed to manage, make decisions, and guide a healthy organization. Participants develop an understanding of organizational culture and climate characteristics important in a collaborative learning organization. Participants increase skills for using the technology needed to collect and analyze data for classroom enhancement.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5030 - School Personnel
This course provides participants with the expertise to select, supervise, evaluate, empower, and provide development for school personnel. Participants study important constitutional, moral, legal, liability, ethical, and policy issues that relate to employment rights and practices. Participants enhance interpersonal skills that develop two-way communications with personnel. The course introduces the skills to maintain personnel records, develop policies and procedures handbooks, document personnel recommendations, and budget for personnel needs. Participants learn to use technology for personnel management and classroom enhancement.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5040 - Curriculum and Instruction for Administrators
This course provides participants with the leadership skills to develop a building mission and vision relating to curriculum and instruction. Participants become knowledgeable about how to create curriculum and instruction consistent with the district’s program and objectives. A variety of instructional strategies and models supported by research and best practices, and a variety of methods and tools used to monitor and assess the curriculum are examined.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5050 - Student Services, Climate, and Programs
The course is designed to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to create discipline practices and a school environment that maintains a safe, orderly, and student centered climate; provide for student governance, organizations, clubs, and co-curricular activities; provide for the many different needs of a diverse student population; and provide for student support services, including sponsors for activities, counseling, transportation, and food service. Participants develop an understanding of the processes and responsibilities of monitoring student activities, legal liability issues, due process procedures relating to suspension and expulsion, and disciplinary procedures. Participants demonstrate the interpersonal, communication, and processing skills necessary to involve students in the creation, improvement, and maintenance of student and school policies, activities, and programs.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5060 - Legal and Ethical Issues of School Leadership
This course is designed to prepare aspiring building level leaders to address issues in the legal structure of public education and to become skilled in locating and using resources pertaining to changing laws and court decisions. Problems will be presented for solution that will increase understanding of ethical issues facing school leaders.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5070 - School Planning, Operations, and Finances
This course will prepare building level leaders to manage the planning, maintenance, and support of the school for the best learning environment. Major topics include issues of financial policies and practices, budgeting, funds control and accountability, and school planning and operations. Legal issues to be considered in school operations and management will be addressed.
Prerequisite MAS 5010. MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

MAS 5080 The Ethical Building Leader
Candidates gain perspective of the ethical and moral aspects of building-level leadership and of how building leaders impact and influence the larger community. Candidates examine moral conflicts within sustainable leadership practice, increasing leadership skills that assure success of all students and acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner. Candidates develop and demonstrate leadership skills in the following: understanding and modeling ethical behavior; professional values of democracy, equity, and diversity; moral and legal consequences of decision-making; and social justice. (3 credits)

Education Core Courses

All courses are required for MSSL. Courses required for Building-Level Licensure are determined by a transcript evaluation.

EDU 5102 - Assessment Strategies
This course expands awareness of multiple strategies for assessing the progress of students and increases abilities to utilize standardized tests, for both formal and informal modes of assessment. Students design a project that outlines the use of varied modes of assessment. MAEd and MSSL Core Course (3 credits)

EDU 5121 - Inquiry and Research
This course gives educators a simple, practical, believable way to conduct and interpret their research for the general betterment of both their instructional practices and the profession of teaching. (3 credits)

An Educational Technology Course (3 credits)

Field Experience

Required for both MSSL and Building-Level Licensure.

MAS 5504 - Directed Field Experience (DFE)
This course is a building administrative practicum designed to provide program candidates (interns) with the hands-on experiences necessary to transfer knowledge, beliefs and values into policy and practice. Interns participate in 130 hours of field experience activities in 17 areas within the school setting under the supervision of a building administrator (mentor).

The intern must complete 12 of the 130 DFE hours at a level other than the level at which he or she is employed or certified and 12 of the 130 DFE hours in a diverse setting. A diverse setting for Kansas and Missouri MSSL students is determined by examining KSDE Building Report Card or DESE District Report Card demographic data. In both states a race/ethnicity level of ≥ 15 percent and an economically disadvantaged level of ≥ 25 percent are required for a building to be seen as sufficiently diverse. Those completing the DFE in a sufficiently diverse setting must complete 12 hours in a nondiverse setting.

Field experience activities include, but are not limited to the following responsibilities:

  1. Developing and supervising staff
  2. Developing and monitoring curriculum, instructional practices, programs, assessments and technology
  3. Decision making and management skills consistent with the health and performance of the organization
  4. Supervising and working with organizations and activities
  5. Planning for the allocation of money, resources and technology

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