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Continuing Administrator License (CAL) - Course Descriptions

Please note registration limit: CAL classes are limited to 25-30 students for a quality learning experience. Since classes frequently have an average of 30-40 students, it is essential that students register early.

ELP 576 Education, Community, and Society (4 credits)
A review of sociological theories and research illuminates the social and economic functions of education in modern society, with special emphasis placed on the role of the practicing school administrator as instructional leader and manager. Race, class, gender, and differing ability levels are explored in the process of examining theories of socialization, certification, allocation, and legitimation, and their application to historical and current education situations, particularly in schools and school districts. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research covered in class to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator Licensure program or permission of instructor.

ELP 577 District and School Staff Supervision and Evaluation (4 credits)
This is an advanced course in alternative approaches to district and school staff supervision and evaluation in an era of school reform, heightened accountability, and emerging state and national standards. Dealing with at-risk and incompetent staff, and new directions in teacher evaluation, are covered. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research covered in class to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator License or permission of instructor.

ELP 578 Communication and Conflict Management in Educational Organizations (4 credits)
This course covers communication within educational organizations, and between educational organizations and various audiences. Definitions of conflict, and models for peaceful resolution and management of conflict within educational organizations, and between representatives of educational organizations, and various other individuals and organizations are included. Attention is given to world view, cultural styles, positions, underlying needs, bargaining, reforming, and finding common ground. Strategies for group problem solving, conflict management (including collective bargaining and contract management), and community-building are explored. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator License or permission of instructor.

ELP 579 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Leadership (4 credits)
This course examines standards-based reform, curriculum and instructional models, assessment models, school improvement strategies, and educational change theories. Emphasis is given to understanding how assessment information can be used to improve student learning and overall school performance within the context of Oregon's state reform framework. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator License or permission of instructor.

ELP 580 District Policy, Operations, Facilities, and Finance (4 credits)
This course explores the role of the district superintendent and local school boards in planning, management, evaluation, and improvement of policies and programs related to school operations, personnel, facilities, and finance to meet school district needs. Examine state and federal laws, regulations, and the roles of ODE and the legislature in governing Oregon school finance, school budgeting, and school facilities. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator License or permission of instructor.

ELP 581 U.S. and Oregon School Law and Policy (4 credits)
Examine federal and Oregon school law governing educational practice and policy at the school and district levels, the relationships between these factors, and their implications for effective communication with educational stakeholders, instruction and student learning, and effective organizational management of schools. Thirty hours of field-based experiences are used to connect the theories and research to the practice of schooling and the work of a school administrator.
Prerequisite: admission to Continuing Administrator License or permission of instructor.