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Course Descriptions and Alignments with TILS

TN Instructional Leadership Standard
(TILS)
UTC Course Alignment Course Description
EDAS…

TILS A: An effective instructional leader implements a systematic, coherent approach to bring about the continuous growth in the academic achievementof all students.
Leadership for School Improvement (EDAS 5710) and
Educational Research (EDAS 5010)
5710: Leadership for School Improvement
An overview of the major concepts of instructional leadership as they apply to the implementation of a systematic, coherent approach to bringing about school improvement and the continuous growth of academic achievement. Topics addressed include leadership theory and practice, vision, mission, organizational change and collaborative school improvement planning.
5010 Methods of Educational Research (3)
Emphasis on the development of research skills and related competencies
involved in investigating and reporting educational
problems; study of basic statistical procedures
TILS B: An effective instructional leader creates a school culture and climatebased on high expectations conducive to the success of all students.
School Culture and Climate (EDAS 5730)
5730: School Culture and Climate
An overview of the major concepts of instructional leadership related to school culture and climate as critical elements in the expectation of success for all students. Assessment and improvement of school culture/climate are addressed, as are safety, collaboration and communication.
TILS C: An effective instructional leader facilitates instructional practices that are based on assessment data and continually improve student learning. Curriculum Leadership (EDAS 5740)
and
Instructional Leadership and Assessment (EDAS 5750)
5740: Curriculum Leadership
An overview of the major concepts of instructional leadership as they apply to the improvement of curricular practices. Topics addressed include leadership for curriculum analysis, development, alignment and data-driven decision curriculum decisions for improvement of student performance.
5750: Instructional Leadership and Assessment
An overview of the major concepts of instructional leadership as they apply to the improvement of instructional practices and assessment of student learning. Topics addressed include improvement of instructional strategies, student assessment, data-driven decision making and differentiation of instructional practices to improve student performance for all students.
TILS D: An effective instructional leader improves student learning by developing and sustaining high quality professional development.
Developing Human Capital in Schools (EDAS 5760)
5760: Developing Human Capital in Schools
An overview of the major concepts of instructional leadership as they apply to the employment of quality staff, the development of the professional learning community and the increase in the human capital of the school. Topics addressed include the human resource functions, recruitment and retention of teachers, teacher observation and evaluation, mentoring, professional development and the advancement of the school as a professional learning community.
TILS E: An effective instructional leader facilitates learning and teaching through the effective use of resources
Management of the School (EDAS 5770)
5770: Management of the School
An overview of the operational aspects of school leadership, including school safety and security, resource management, finance, public/media relations, and daily procedures that contribute to a positive learning environment.
TILS F: An effective instructional leader facilitates continuous improvement in student achievement through processes that meet the highest ethical standards and promote advocacy, including political advocacy where appropriate.
Ethics, Advocacy and Advanced School Law (EDAS 5810) and
School Law (EDAS 5630)
5810: Ethics, Advocacy and Advanced School Law
The school leader’s responsibility for ethical decision making and advocacy are emphasized and applied across all leadership standards. Employment law, special education law and legal issues of current interest and also addressed. Ethical and political implications are developed as fundamental elements of all decision making in schools.Prerequisite: EDAS 5630
TILS G: an effective instructional leader responds to and influences the larger personal, political, social, economic legal and cultural context in the classroom, school and local community while addressing diverse student needs to ensure the success of all students.
School Culture and Climate (EDAS 5730) and
Leadership for School Improvement (EDAS 5710) and
School Law (EDAS 5630)
5630 School Law (3)
Examination of the legal status of the pupil, teacher, principal,
superintendent, and school boards; case law methods will be used
to study the interaction of the school with local, state, and federal governing bodies; rules and regulations imposed by federal and state agencies will also be considered.
See above for EDAS 5710 and EDAS 5730
Completion Expectations:
  • SLLA
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Completion of 450 hours field experience (beyond course requirements)
  • Exit portfolio
  • Summative evaluations of Field Experience
Practicum in School Leadership (EDAS 5820) and/or
Capstone: EDAS 5900
5820: Practicum for School Leadership
Supervised field experience is structured to give the student the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and competencies gained in the School Leadership program. Experiences which have taken place throughout the program are also presented and synthesized in this course. An exit portfolio is prepared, representing outcomes and reflections of field experiences. Some seminar work is required throughout the program as part of this course requirement.Prerequisites: 9 credits in School Leadership Program. Graded S/NC
5900 Capstone (3)
A capstone experience in which EDAS students synthesize their learning and experiences in the program to produce a statement of their personal leadership philosophy with an explanation of how this philosophy will impact programs, teachers and students in school settings. OR
6900 ED.S. Capstone (3)
A research project where Ed.S. students demonstrate their ability to identify and address a problem related to student achievement.
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