Department Chair

Charles Vergon
4103 Beeghly Hall
(330) 941-1574
cbvergon@ysu.edu

Program Description

The Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership prepares reflective administrative practitioners who are capable of providing effective management and instructional leadership in public and nonpublic school settings (also see the Doctor of Educa­tion in Educational Leadership section of this catalog). Post-master’s programs are also provided which lead to:

  • Ohio administrative licensure as elementary principal for ages 3 through 12;
  • middle school principal for ages 8 through 14;
  • secondary principal for ages 10 through 21;
  • ad­ministrative specialist in curriculum, instruction, and professional development; and
  • superintendent.

In addition, the department offers programs for Pennsylvania administrative certification as principal for grades K–12 and the letter of eligibility for superintendent.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, the Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership requires that master’s applicants have the following:

  • Qualification for a teaching certificate or license (Ohio provisional or equivalent) if en­rolled in a program leading to additional certification, licensure, validation, or endorse­ment. Students without a teaching certificate or license may be admitted on an individual basis to graduate programs leading to certification or licensure in certain areas.
  • A satisfactory score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination or on the Miller Analogies Test if the student’s undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0
  • One reference letter from the applicant’s principal, superintendent or other administrator to evaluate your professional knowledge, skills, professionalism and leadership potential
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Professional résumé
  • A brief essay (500-750 words) addressing why you aspire to be a principal or building level leader and why you think you will be an effective one
  • Personal interview upon departmental request

Jane Beese, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Organizational leadership; economics of education; program evaluation

Charles Jeffords, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Administrative practices; school and community relations; school finance

Charles B. Vergon, J.D., Professor
Education law; policy development; educational change

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the degree. In addition to the following edu­cational administration and foundations courses, students must successfully complete a com­prehensive examination covering the educational administration courses listed under Special Notes.

Master’s Degree 

Introduction to School Leadership and Educational Organizations 

This program introduces students to the realities of school leadership, providing them a broader vision and deeper understanding of educational policy and organizations and the role of the school leader in promoting effective instruction and continuous school improvement. It begins to transform their perspectives from that of a classroom teacher to one of an administrator. Other courses develop leadership knowledge and skills specific to building level operations, focusing on the role of principal in relation to staff and community, school safety and the administration of discipline, support programs and services for students with disabilities,  and how legal and fiscal considerations shape and influence administrative decision making and the exercise of leadership.   

Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours satisfying the following distributional requirements:

COURSETITLES.H.
Foundations6
Introduction to Educational Research
Sociological Bases of Education
Leadership Courses12
Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Leadership
Educational Policy, Politics, and Change
School Building Leadership: Models and Processes
Systematic Use of Information for Continuous School Improvement
Administrative Specialty Courses12
Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration
School Finance, Resource Planning, and Management
Educational Marketing and Community Relationships
School Discipline and Student Support Services: Policies, Programs, and Prevention Strategies
Total Semester Hours30

Special Notes

Before granting the degree, candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examina­tion covering leadership and administrative specialty courses.

This program provides no license in administrative areas. Upon completion of the M.S. in Education in Educational Administration degree or the equivalent thereof as evaluated by the De­partment, students have the opportunity to enroll in specific administrative licensure areas.1

All transfer students, including those seeking a master’s degree and those who hold a master’s degree, will be evaluated using the criteria listed previously. Students who have been evaluated through direct contact with the Ohio Department of Education should be aware that they must meet the criteria established by the Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership at YSU before the M.S. in Education in Educational Administration will be granted.

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Completion of the minimum number of semester hours indicated for each program and any other Ohio or Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements must be achieved before recommendation for any license. Those seeking initial administrative licensure in the State of Ohio must also obtain a passing score on the state-prescribed administrative licensure exam for the license they seek. 

Post-master’s Licensure Requirements

Candidates for Ohio administrative license must have completed the 30 semester hours for the M.S. in Education degree in Educational Administration as required by YSU or its equivalent as evaluated by the Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leader­ship. 

Principal License (OHIO) (6 semester hours)

Elementary Principal License Grades PK-6

Middle School License Grades 4-9

Secondary Principal License Grades 5-12

The licensure course work is entirely clinical in nature, consisting of two courses comprising 6 semester hours.  The courses are designed to afford candidates the opportunity to apply the content knowledge from their course work and practice the skills necessary to effective leadership.  Across the two courses, candidates observe and then carry out a range of administrative responsibilities including analyzing student performance, carrying out clinical supervision of teaching staff, writing a staff improvement plant, designing a HQ staff development program, creating a master schedule, participating in teacher hiring processes, administering student discipline, conducting school safety drills, and coordinating special education meetings ad functions, among others.  In addition, in the second clinical practice candidates design and implement an Integrated School Improvement Project addressing a real need in their school setting.  Candidates and faculty participate in an interactive on-line clinical learning community spanning diverse and geographically dispersed clinical sites.

COURSETITLES.H.
EDAD 6975Introduction to Administration Clinical Experience3
EDAD 7022Field Experience (Elementary 7022E; Middle 7022M; or Secondary 7022S)3
Total Semester Hours6

Candidates must hold or qualify for a valid teacher certificate/license at the same level as the administrative license being sought; and have two years of successful teaching under a professional teaching license at the same level as the administrative license being sought. In addition, candidates must have a passing score on the state-prescribed administrative licensure exam for the principalship.

Administrative Specialist License

Administrative Specialist License in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development

Master’s degree in educational administration, plus 18 hours of course work from the following list, which must include EDAD 7040 Clinical Practice for the Administrative Specialist:

COURSETITLES.H.
TCED 6922Principles of Instruction3
TCED 6934Assessment and Accountability3
TCED 6936Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning3
SPED 6900Issues, Trends & Foundations in Special Education3
SPED 7077Leadership in Special Education3
EDAD 7014Systematic Use of Information for Continuous School Improvement3
EDAD 7018School Discipline and Student Support Services: Policies, Programs, and Prevention Strategies3
EDAD 7040Clinical Practice for the Administrative Specialist3

Or a Master's degree in curriculum at YSU, plus coursework as follows:

COURSETITLES.H.
EDAD 6915Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 6947School Building Leadership: Models and Processes3
EDAD 6949Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration3
EDAD 6952School Finance, Resource Planning, and Management3
EDAD 6954Educational Marketing and Community Relationships3
EDAD 6955Professional Development and Human Resources3
EDAD 6975Introduction to Administration Clinical Experience3
EDAD 7014Systematic Use of Information for Continuous School Improvement3
EDAD 7018School Discipline and Student Support Services: Policies, Programs, and Prevention Strategies3
EDAD 7040Clinical Practice for the Administrative Specialist3
Total Semester Hours30

Individuals qualifying for licensure at the Elementary or Secondary level are also issued licensure at the Middle School level.

Candidates must qualify for/hold a valid professional teacher certificate/license and have two years of successful teaching under a professional teaching certificate/license. In addition, candidates must have completed the prescribed number of hours and have an official score report indicating a passing score on the state prescribed administrative licensure examination required for the license.

Superintendent License  (OHIO)

Candidates must hold an administrative certificate or license issued upon the recommenda­tion of YSU or the equivalent thereof as evaluated by the Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership at YSU, complete the following course sequence, and meet any other Ohio State Department of Education requirements.

This model shifts the leadership focus from the micro (school site) to the macro (school sys­tems) level and familiarizes prospective superintendents with systems knowledge and perspec­tive on leadership in areas from educational governance to human resource administration to technology and facilities.

COURSETITLES.H.
EDAD 7024Collective Bargaining and Systems Issues in Human Resources Administration3
EDAD 7025Educational Governance: Advanced Law and Policy Seminar3
EDAD 7026Technology and Facilities for Learning Organizations3
EDAD 7035The Superintendency and Evolving Ways of Looking at Leadership3
EDAD 7050Clinical Experience: Superintendency3
Total Semester Hours15

PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATE K-12 (Pennsylvania)

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited program. The professional education program provides evidence that School Principal certification candidates demonstrate knowledge of and competence in working in the elementary and secondary public school settings, including completion of the 33 semester hours listed below, many of which are included in the typical master’s degree in educational administration. They must also provide an official score report indicating:

  • a score of at least 143 on Praxis II Specialty Test #0411 in Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision; or
  • a 163 score on Praxis Specialty Test #6011 in School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA); and
  • satisfy any other Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements, plus:

Completion of 33 s.h. below (to extent not already taken as part of a master’s degree program):

COURSETITLES.H.
EDAD 6915Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 6931Leadership in Educational Organizations: Theory to Best Practices3
EDAD 6947School Building Leadership: Models and Processes3
EDAD 6949Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration3
EDAD 6952School Finance, Resource Planning, and Management3
EDAD 6954Educational Marketing and Community Relationships3
EDAD 6955Professional Development and Human Resources3
EDAD 7014Systematic Use of Information for Continuous School Improvement3
TCED 6936Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning3
SPED 7077Leadership in Special Education3
Select one clinical experince course as appropriate to the licensure level being sought:
EDAD 7022Field Experience (Elementary 7022E; Secondary 7022S)3
Total Semester Hours33

The professional education program provides evidence that each certification candidate demonstrates knowledge and competencies that foster professionalism and ethical practices in school/community settings including:

  1. Professional organizations, professional literature, resources and advocacy groups.
  2. Integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in Pennsylvania’s Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators; and local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  3. Communicating effectively (orally and in writing) with students, colleagues, faculty, families, paraprofessionals, related service personnel, outside agencies and the community.
  4. Recognizing the professional responsibilities of administrators’ and teachers’ roles as collaborators, team members, advocates, and service coordinators. 

Certification for the Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility                

Candidates must:

  • hold a Master’s degree from an accredited program;
  • have six years of professional service in schools, three of which shall have been in supervisory or administrative positions;
  • have an official score report indicating a score of at least 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment Exam #6021;
  • all other State of Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements must be met;
  • plus completion of the 57 semester hours listed below, many of which may already have been completed as part of the candidate’s master’s degree in educational administration and principalship certification programs.
COURSETITLES.H.
EDAD 6915Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 6947School Building Leadership: Models and Processes3
EDAD 6949Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration3
EDAD 6952School Finance, Resource Planning, and Management3
EDAD 6954Educational Marketing and Community Relationships3
EDAD 6955Professional Development and Human Resources3
EDAD 7014Systematic Use of Information for Continuous School Improvement3
EDAD 7024Collective Bargaining and Systems Issues in Human Resources Administration3
EDAD 7025Educational Governance: Advanced Law and Policy Seminar3
EDAD 7026Technology and Facilities for Learning Organizations3
EDAD 7035The Superintendency and Evolving Ways of Looking at Leadership3
EDAD 7050Clinical Experience: Superintendency3
FOUN 6901Philosophical Analysis of Education3
FOUN 6902Sociological Bases of Education3
FOUN 6904Introduction to Educational Research3
FOUN 6905Educational Challenges in Historical Perspective3
TCED 6936Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning3
TCED 6946Supervision of Instruction3
TCED 6951Interpersonal Communications for Educators3
Total Semester Hours57

Learning Outcomes

  1. Candidates will be able to facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a building level vision of learning that is supported by the school community.
  2. Candidates will be able to promote a positive school building culture, provide an effective instructional program, apply best practice to student learning, and design comprehensive professional growth plans for building staff.
  3. Candidates will be able to manage school building organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Candidates will be able to collaborate with families and other community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  5. Candidates will be able to act with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner in carrying out building level functions.
  6. Candidates will be able to influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  7. Candidates will be able to synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings in their choice of post-master’s licensure programs-Ohio Administrative Specialist Licensure, Ohio Principal Licensure and Pennsylvania Principal Certification.