Bagwell College of Education

Ed.D. Teacher Leadership - Courses


In this course, educators will learn to utilize data to identify school improvement needs and make informed decisions in effectuating change. The ultimate goal of this course is to produce educational leaders who effectively collect, analyze, and use data to improve schools through successfully demonstrated change models. In this course, educators will learn to systemically collect and analyze multiple sources of data to identify improvement needs, determine an effective response, monitor and correct progress, and demonstrate success to stakeholders. Additionally, students will learn to drive and sustain change in a collegial environment, culminating in students’ understanding of, and ability to use, a wide range of applicable leadership practices. Finally, students will learn a variety of technology tools to use for data analysis. They will also learn a variety of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate school communication. Note: Offered as an online course.
In this course, cadidates will examine research on adult learning theories and effective professional learning. Candidates will evaluate the professional learning system and processes in their schools based on the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) standards adopted by the state of Georgia. Candidates will examine many forms of professional learning such as mentoring, coaching, feedback, study groups, peer observation and learning teams. Candidates will promote professional learning communities and demonstrate the ability to effectively design, deliver, and evaluate professional learning in their schools.
This course introduces candidates to the technologies most commonly purchased by school districts and explores technology-supported, research-based pedagogical strategies to maximize student learning in the candidate’s certification field. Candidates will apply current research and instructional design principles to digital age learning experiences for students using interactive white boards, student response systems, instructional software and other frequently-purchased productivity tools. Note: Offered as an online course.
Candidates who complete this course are teacher leaders who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of curriculum and apply this knowledge to the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to standards. This course provides models for (1) relating to school board policy; 2) collecting and using demographic data to create a plan for improved student performance; (3) designing and managing curriculum and; (4) constructing effective professional development. Additional attention is paid to the Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core alignment as it continues to unfold from the Georgia Department of Education.
This course focuses on specific instructional supervision research, models, and strategies that promote and advocate for collegial schools devoted to improving school wide learning through distributed leadership. Instructional supervision is placed within a developmental, contextual, constructive, humanist paradigm; and examined as a process of purposeful adult interactions and cognitions that promote autonomous, reflective, self-directed teacher practitioners committed to student learning and continual school improvement. This course will focus on the development and application of the knowledge base, interpersonal skills, technical skills, and tasks necessary for instructional supervision, mentoring and coaching. Emphasis will be also placed on school and system factors (sociocultural and political) that may affect teacher leadership in instructional supervision.
The course provides students with an introduction to leadership theory and practice, both generally and specifically in the context of school leadership. Course concepts include, but are not limited to, assessing and changing organizational culture, identifying and cultivating effective schools practices that have a positive impact on all students including those with learning disabilities and those who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Course concepts also include leading change in schools that will lead to the academic success of all P-12 students. Note: Offered as an online course.
In this course, future educational leaders learn how to be ethically and legally compliant in school operations that lead to the academic success of all P-12 students, including those with learning disabilities and those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The ultimate goal of the course is to produce future leaders who are cognizant of their ethical and legal obligations in managing schools, and who understand and appreciate the importance of legal and ethical compliance to daily administrative practice (Levine, 2005). Additionally, future educational leaders learn how to act with integrity by demonstrating ethical and equitable leadership behaviors; abide by Georgia and federal law and the Code of Ethics for Georgia Educators in professional practice; manage school operations consistently with requirements of Georgia and federal law; and observe student and faculty legal rights and privileges. Note: Offered as an online course.
The residency provides candidates an opportunity to engage in field-based opportunities to develop teacher leadership skills (Teacher Leadership Standards, GaPSC 505-3-.53) under the supervision of a Candidate Support Team. These skills include planning and leading professional development; mentoring and coaching other teachers; aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment; modeling best teaching practices; analyzing data and improving learning through data-informed decision-making; applying research-based approaches to instructional challenges; and collaborating with all stakeholders to improve student learning. Candidates will demonstrate their development of these skills through various assignments, most notably a Residency Project and a Capstone Portfolio.


This course explores teacher leadership roles and functions within contemporary educational systems; situates understandings about teacher leadership within a broader knowledge base regarding leadership in education; introduces an inquiry-orientation to teacher leadership in schools and districts; and focuses on trends and issues within these contexts.
The course deepens experienced educators’ knowledge of research-based best practices in diverse classrooms. This is an advanced course with in-depth study of classic and current research on learning theories and related topics in educational psychology as they relate to teaching and learning in schools. Focus is on those theories and research which have transformed and are reforming educational practice.


This course is an advanced study of qualitative research methodologies including ethnography, case study, and phenomenology. Students will examine a variety of data sources (e.g. interviews, observations) and methods of analysis (e.g. memo writing, coding). Students will conduct research as they formulate their research questions, collect and analyze data, and write a research report.
This course is an in-depth study of and application of selected quantitative research designs. Course also involves advanced study of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and non-parametric tests traditionally utilized in social and behavioral research. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the process of social and educational research in applied settings. Candidates will deepen their expertise in designing and conducting research and analyzing quantitative data. Candidates will conduct these analyses using quantitative statistical software, interpret their findings, and communicate their results ethically, clearly and effectively.
In the doctoral seminar, students will accomplish the following: (1) development of a concept paper that frames the dissertation, and (2) admission to candidacy through a college-approved qualifying experience. This seminar provides opportunities for doctoral students to work individually with members of their respective committees as well as with peers. This is a three-credit seminar that may be repeated. Prior to enrollment, the doctoral student must complete twelve hours of graduate level research coursework.
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