Nevada Educational Leadership Preparation Programs (M.ED.)

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These programs are designed for currently serving Nevada K12 teachers who desire to understand K12 School Administration. Through these courses, Nevada K12 educators will understand and be ready to impact student achievement and K12 educators professional development and growth in order to meet the ever increasing achievement needs of their student population. Administrator of a School provides the learners with the education and experience to lead a K12 School as principal. Administrator of a program provides the learner with the education and experience to direct programs in schools and at the district level.



Program Overview


Leadership of a Program License

The courses in this program prepare preservice educational administrators who desire to use the Nevada Department of Educational Administrator of a Program license. All courses are online and can be accomplished in any school district in Nevada.

  • Planning strategic change initiatives at a program level
  • Understanding how to effectively and efficiently utilize limited resource
  • How to work collaboratively and collectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Develop a broad understanding of leadership, policy development, local program governance, and contemporary educational issues.

Administrator of a Program License Requirements (27 Credits)

ELPP 6050 - Organization of Schools 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (1), focuses on building consensus among all stakeholders on what it means for students to become well-adjusted, contributing members of society, and developing a unifying vision. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop a campus and district administrative awareness from a well-founded teaching perspective. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6150 - Education Research 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2), this course focuses on maximizing student learning through systems of support and effective assessment strategies that inform instruction. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to use research to develop and coordinate systems to create opportunities to personalize the academic program. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6250 - Development of Personnel 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (3), this course focuses on recruitment, selection, support, evaluation, retention, coaching, and fostering a learning community. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop skills to support the professional learning of effective, caring teachers and leaders who are able to work with students productively. (Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6350 - Curriculum 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2), this course focuses on the use of rigorous curricula, high expectations for students, and alignment to academic standards. A program/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop skills to maximize students learning through authentic and differentiated pedagogy. (Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6450 - The Laws that Apply to Schools 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (6 and 7), this course focuses on effective, efficient, equitable, and ethical management of schools and districts and monitoring and addressing internal and external regulatory requirements. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to understand laws, policies, and practices that govern schools and districts. (Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6550 - Supervision of Instruction 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (3), focuses on the use of the development of the professional skills of educators to involve such activities as coaching, creating supportive conditions, and fostering a learning environment. A project-/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop staff members’ professional skills and practices in order to drive student learning and achievement. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6650 - Finances of a School 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2 and 9), this course focuses on the ethical management of school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. A project-/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to understand policies and practices in the ethical management of resources. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6750 - Internship in School Administration 3 Credit(s)

Addressing all ten of the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (December 2015) and the four standards of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework: Administrator Evaluation (2015), this course focuses on the effective, efficient, equitable, and ethical leadership and management of schools and districts. This internship course reflects on the experiences of the seven prerequisite courses and facilities the development of real-world application materials for administrative positions. (Fall, Spring) [Pass/Fail] Prerequisite(s): Department permission Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6850 - Leadership and the School Principal 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national PSEL standards (1), this course addresses theories in instructional leadership including school vision and management as they apply to the principal’s role in the context of leadership in the 21st century. Using a seminar approach, this course addresses the complex issues facing educators in urban and rapidly changing school communities. The course challenges educators to understand the characteristics of urban learners and teachers and explore strategies and methods for improving school climate, instruction, and programming. In addition to the text, several articles, reports, and selected readings by educational researchers and practitioners will be used to guide participants through this course. (Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None



Leadership of a School License

This 36-hour endorsement program provides Nevada learners with the coursework required to be licensed in Nevada as an administrator of s school. Additionally, this series of courses qualifies our learners to earn a Master of Education from SUU.

  • How to assist students, support faculty, maintain academic records, and communicate with parents, among other tasks.
  • Demonstrate compassionate, caring, and beknowledgeable about school policies.
  • Develop organized, detail-oriented, innovative, and enthusiastic attitudes and dispositions.
  • Provide strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work closely with staff, students, and parents.

Administrator of a Program License Requirements (36 Credits)

ELPP 6050 - Organization of Schools 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (1), focuses on building consensus among all stakeholders on what it means for students to become well-adjusted, contributing members of society, and developing a unifying vision. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop a campus and district administrative awareness from a well-founded teaching perspective. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6150 - Education Research 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2), this course focuses on maximizing student learning through systems of support and effective assessment strategies that inform instruction. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to use research to develop and coordinate systems to create opportunities to personalize the academic program. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6250 - Development of Personnel 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (3), this course focuses on recruitment, selection, support, evaluation, retention, coaching, and fostering a learning community. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop skills to support the professional learning of effective, caring teachers and leaders who are able to work with students productively. (Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6350 - Curriculum 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2), this course focuses on the use of rigorous curricula, high expectations for students, and alignment to academic standards. A program/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop skills to maximize students learning through authentic and differentiated pedagogy. (Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6450 - The Laws that Apply to Schools 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (6 and 7), this course focuses on effective, efficient, equitable, and ethical management of schools and districts and monitoring and addressing internal and external regulatory requirements. A project/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to understand laws, policies, and practices that govern schools and districts. (Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6550 - Supervision of Instruction 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (3), focuses on the use of the development of the professional skills of educators to involve such activities as coaching, creating supportive conditions, and fostering a learning environment. A project-/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to develop staff members’ professional skills and practices in order to drive student learning and achievement. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Spring - 1st Session, Spring - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6650 - Finances of a School 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (2 and 9), this course focuses on the ethical management of school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. A project-/problem-based approach provides hands-on activities to understand policies and practices in the ethical management of resources. (Fall - 1st Session, Fall - 2nd Session, Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6750 - Internship in School Administration 3 Credit(s)

Addressing all ten of the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (December 2015) and the four standards of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework: Administrator Evaluation (2015), this course focuses on the effective, efficient, equitable, and ethical leadership and management of schools and districts. This internship course reflects on the experiences of the seven prerequisite courses and facilities the development of real-world application materials for administrative positions. (Fall, Spring) [Pass/Fail] Prerequisite(s): Department permission Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6850 - Leadership and the School Principal 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national PSEL standards (1), this course addresses theories in instructional leadership including school vision and management as they apply to the principal’s role in the context of leadership in the 21st century. Using a seminar approach, this course addresses the complex issues facing educators in urban and rapidly changing school communities. The course challenges educators to understand the characteristics of urban learners and teachers and explore strategies and methods for improving school climate, instruction, and programming. In addition to the text, several articles, reports, and selected readings by educational researchers and practitioners will be used to guide participants through this course. (Summer - 1st Session, Summer - 2nd Session) [Graded (Standard Letter)] Registration Restriction(s): None

ELPP 6900 - Ethics and Decision Making for Educational Leaders 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC standards (5), in this course critical thinking and methods of ethical decision making will be examined and applied to current educational issues. The main emphasis for this course is on the philosophical, social, and moral standards and codes and values focusing on how decisions impact educational leaders. Ethical decision-making is underscored by social and moral values and these form the basis for understanding the relationship between one’s values and decision-making.

ELPP 6950 - Leadership in Technology 3 Credit(s)

Built upon the principles of the national ISLLC Standards (5). Students that complete this course will effectively lead and oversee a technology integration team at the school level. Upon completion the student will demonstrate knowledge of process management functions, resource management functions in the classroom, and define and set appropriate goals for technology-mediated instructional project. Students will also make recommendations for activities and techniques, identify variables, establish communication systems, adapt current systems, and compare various technology instructional models.

ELPP 6990 - Issues of Psychology and Measurement 3 Credit(s)

This course aligns with Standard 4.f. and 4.g. of the National Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (December 2015), Standard 2 of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework: Administrator Evaluation (2015), and prepares aspiring administrators on Praxis Topic C: Assessment and Accountability. This course explores the roles of assessment in teaching. It investigates both classroom assessments and standardized tests, including how to interpret results and reports to guide instructional planning. It includes projects which could address any aspect of assessment, including assessing special needs students or non-cognitive skills or any aspects related to measurement of student performance.



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