Undergraduate Courses


The Educational Leadership & Administration (ELA) does not offer a degree program for undergraduate students. The department does offer three undergraduate courses that education majors can take.

ELA 101 – Freshman Orientation (1)
Introduction to the university and to the College of Education. Discussion of planning for an individualized education program and field experience. Graded S/U.

ELA 215 – Multicultural Leadership (3)
Introduction to the social and cultural constructions of gender, class, and race. Students will critically apply theoretical constructs to everyday life and discuss the intersection of gender and race with class inequality in national and global contexts.

ELA 250 – Introduction to Education (2)
An overview of the American education system with emphasis on organization, governance, law, demographics, and professional practice.

ELA 255 – Leadership and Change in Education (3)
This course will introduce students to the challenges and key strategies in initiating, implementing, and sustaining educational change and reform. In the first part of the course, participants will learn about the challenges of educational change in the United States and the role that they as school leaders play in facilitating change and reform.

ELA 342 – Current Issues in Educational Leadership (3)
This course addresses issues such as the rise in international education, education’s costs, social media’s role and influence, changes in state and national funding trends, student and faculty/staff diversity, among others. The focus of this course is centered on the actions and responses of administrators to the current issues they are facing

ELA 350V – Introduction to Educational Leadership in a Global Society (3)
Multinational educational systems covered through knowledge of the U.S. system of education promoting critical leadership roles every citizen plays in the success of educational systems.

ELA 398 – Special Topics in Education (1-3)
Special topics course in education for undergraduate students. Course will be identified by a subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ELA 411 – Foundation for School Library Specialists (3)
Elements of librarianship. Introduction to the history, purpose, and roles of the school library. Overview of current issues and legislation affecting school libraries. Same as ELA 511.

ELA 412 – Administration of the School Library (3)
Principles and practices related to the function, structure, and management of school libraries. Same as ELA 512.

ELA 413 – Curriculum Role of the School Library Specialist (3)
Introduction to the integration of curriculum in school library programs. Current trends in collaborative planning and teaching between the school librarians and teachers. Taught with ELA 513.

ELA 414 – Collection Management and Development in School Libraries (3)
Principles of identifying, selecting, acquiring, managing, and evaluating information for school libraries. Same as ELA 514.

ELA 440 – Management of Student Service in Higher Education (3)
History and overview of student services such as admissions, counseling, registration, financial aid, housing, food services, and student organizations. Analyses of current issues in student services administration.

ELA 450 – Principles of Education Law and Policy (3)
Overview of the use of law and policy in schools and higher education. Restricted to ELA majors.

ELA 455 – Principles of Educational Budgeting and Finance (3)
Analysis of budget and finance practices in education. Restricted to ELA majors.

ELA 485 – Elements of Research (3)
This course provides students with a foundation for understanding educational research. The course will also provide grounding in proper writing format use in the education profession.

ELA 499 — Internship (3)
The undergraduate Educational Leadership major requires that students complete two internships. Internships provide students with either experience working in an area of administration that is different from the student’s regular job or experience conducting research for a program or project.