Course Schedule

The course schedule below should be used as an example. Contact your admission representative to discuss your specific course schedule. No part time option is available for this program. 

On-Campus Immersion: August 2022 (Date TBD)

As a student in the program, you are required to attend an immersion experience on the USC University Park Campus. The immersion experience, which includes the orientation to the program, will provide the opportunity to meet your classmates and faculty members, develop the academic skills necessary for success in the program and explore a process for critical reflection. Travel and accommodations for the immersion are not included in the cost of the program.

Year 1

Fall Semester

Foundations of Urban Education
EDUE 700 3 units

Explore urban P-20 education through social, historical, and political lenses and learn how research and policy shape professional practice in Los Angeles and the United States.

Foundations of Leadership
EDUE 701 3 units

Gain foundational knowledge about leadership theory and practice to support your development as a critically conscious leader who takes action to address inequities in urban contexts.

Spring Semester

Foundations in Learning
EDUE 702 3 units

Facilitate learning in urban contexts by understanding how culture, identity, and power influence learners’ opportunities to learn.

Power, Diversity and Equity
EDUE 703 3 units

Explore power, diversity and equity through the social, historical and political lenses as these constructs shape and impact education (P-20) research, policy and professional practice.

Summer Session

Concentration Course One
3 units

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Leadership Enactment
EDUE 704 3 units

Acquire or deepen knowledge and skills related to acting as a critically conscious leaders who addresses existing educational inequities.

Year 2

Fall Semester

Research Methods 1
EDUE 726 3 units)

Explore the historically complex relationship between education research, education (in)equity and personal practice, and the possibilities of research to foster justice in education.

Concentration Course Two
3 units

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Spring Semester

Research Methods 2
EDUE 727 3 units

Building on Research Methods 1, learn to implement a research design by conducting pilot studies to answer quantitative and qualitative research questions.

Dissertation in Practice 1
EDUE 780a 3 units

Complete a literature review, overview of methodology and other contextual writing for your dissertation in practice and prepare for the qualifying exam.

Summer Session

Concentration Course Three
3 units

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Dissertation in Practice 2
EDUE 780b 2 units

Finalize your literature review, overview of methodology and other contextual writing for the dissertation in practice and qualifying exam.

Year 3

Fall Semester

Concentration Course Four
3 units

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Designing Organizations for Equity
EDUE 710 3 units

Become familiar with organizational theory and design, behavioral science and human resources management and prepare to shape the culture of educational organizations based on the principles of equity and social justice.

Spring Semester

Dissertation in Practice 3, Data Analysis
EDUE 784a 2 units

Build your knowledge and skills for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and reporting results and findings for your Dissertations in Practice.

Concentration Courses

 

EDUC 712 | (3 units)

Advanced Study of Motivation: Theory, Research and Application

Analyze motivational principles, diagnosis and solutions to motivation gaps in learning environments and understand motivation and efficacy theories and principles.

EDUC 714 | (3 units)

Measurement and Evaluation for Decision-Making

Collect, analyze and use quantitative data to solve problems of practice and evaluate educational institutions, programs and policies.

EDUC 713 | (3 units)

Human Lifespan Development

Examine issues related to the development of diverse students and the development of environments that promote motivated behavior.

EDUC 715 | (3 units)

Advanced Study of Learning and Instruction: Theory, Research, and Application

Review current research in the application of learning theories, and the applicability of this research across a variety of contexts.

 

 

EDUC 706| (3 units)

Higher Education Professional Seminar

Gain philosophical and historical understanding that will help you understand today’s higher education system as an educational leader.

EDUC 708 | (3 units)

Student Development Theory and Today’s Critical Issues

Engage and apply student development theory to contemporary issues and campus crises that arise within your educational context where student learning, growth and development are a fundamental objective of your leadership role.

EDUE 719 | (3 units)

Education Policy and Politics

Apply economic theory to the study of education. Gain an understanding of the application of market theory to education, partnerships, allocation of resources and the examination of educational enterprises.

Examine administrative issues in higher education, including academic leadership related to undergraduate and graduate education, quality standards and assessment and how administrators create efficiency, effectiveness, performance and change.

EDUC 709 | (3 units)

Financing and Assessing Colleges for Equity

Examine and understand the finance and assessment of higher education institutions and their effect institutional policies and practices.

 

 

EDUC 717 | (3 units)

Resourcing Schools for Equity and Excellence

Apply economic theory to the study of education and market theory to education, partnerships, allocation of resources and the examination of educational enterprises.

EDUE 719 | (3 units)

Education Policy and Politics

Apply economic theory to the study of education. Gain an understanding of the application of market theory to education, partnerships, allocation of resources and the examination of educational enterprises.

EDUE 718 | (3 units)

Leading for Instructional Improvement

Improve your instructional leadership capacity as a K-12 practitioner, addressing power and its impact on creating and perpetuating educational inequities for historically marginalized and minoritized children and adults.

Select one of the following:

EDUC 720 | (3 units)

Leadership for Principals

Understand the role of the principal as an instructional leader with a focus on improving student achievement.

EDUC 721 | (3 units)

Leadership for Superintendents

Understand the role of the superintendent in establishing a focus on student achievement and holding school sites accountable. Learn how superintendents support student learning through leadership.

 

EDUE 722| (3 units)

Leading Transformational Learning

Prepare to enact leadership within urban PreK-20 teaching and learning environments by examining curriculum and instruction from historical, social and political standpoints.

EDUE 724 | (3 units)

Culturally Responsive Leadership

Prepare to enact culturally responsive change in order to transform teaching, learning and educational practices in their urban professional context.

EDUE 723| (3 units)

Curriculum and Instructional Leadership  

Explore social, political, economic and scholarly factors determining curriculum and instructional design and implementation and implications for formal and informal leaders in PreK-20 contexts.

EDUE 725 | (3 units)

Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Use spatial data and technologies to study your leadership trajectory across urban PreK-20 settings and bring interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum, instruction and assessment.