2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP)

Educational Leadership and Policy

468 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-2471
W: gse.buffalo.edu/elp

The Learning Environment

Educational Leadership and Policy courses offer a dynamic learning environment for students interested in critically exploring some of the most pressing issues facing education today. Although courses do not directly lead to licensure to work in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary settings, courses will prepare students for entry-level positions in educational leadership, policy, non-profits, and a variety of other organizations. ELP courses will also prepare students who wish to pursue graduate studies in educational leadership, administration, or policy. Courses are offered in a variety of formats including on-campus and online. Average class sizes are 20 students.

About Our Facilities

Course are housed in the Graduate School of Education, which is located at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, Baldy Hall. Classes are taught in a seminar format. Seminars include a range of delivery styles including in-person, online, and in the field. Course activities, discussions, presentations, and written assignments are designed to provide students with both individual and collaborative opportunities to develop critical sense-making about how social justice topics intersect with education leadership practice policy. Course readings draw primarily from educational research, but also utilizes relevant interdisciplinary research from the social sciences.

About Our Faculty

There are 14 faculty and four clinical faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Faculty are highly productive and award-winning researchers, teachers, and grant-writers. Many of our faculty also bring a range of international, federal, state, and local educational practitioner expertise to their research and will provide you with exceptional personalized mentoring to build your professional and research skills.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Education Leadership and Policy Department website for more information on our faculty and their research and teaching specializations.

ELP Courses


  • ELP 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ELP 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ELP 200SEM Foundations of Education Policy and Leadership for Social Justice
    Seminar

    This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to what leading educational scholars who work across the leadership-policy spectrum have to say about ethical and socially just-oriented educational practice. Students will work individually and collaboratively to research how diversity issues intersect with leadership practice and respective policy. They also will explore the ways their positionality and views of leadership matter to fostering positive work climates, and in this case, school milieus. Course activities, discussions, presentations, and written assignments are designed to provide students with opportunities to develop critical, meaningful, and relevant sense-making about leadership for social justice in a way that also empowers them to consider how they can become advocates on specific issues. Course readings will draw primarily from educational research, but also will direct students to relevant interdisciplinary resources from the social sciences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ELP 201SEM Educational and Social Policy in Action
    Seminar

    Teach for America was started as a result of Wendy Kopp?s undergraduate thesis and now serves tens of thousands of students around the country. This course gives students the opportunity to make a similar impact. Students will examine how social change happens, not just in textbooks, but in the real world. They should emerge with a deeper understanding of efforts to effect social change and new ideas for how to do so more effectively in the future.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ELP 405LEC Sociology of Education
    Lecture

    This course will cover contemporary and historical issues as they relate to the institutions of American education, including the nature and purpose of schooling; the relationship between race, class, and gender and educational achievement; multicultural issues in education; school reform; and the rights and responsibilities of teachers and students. The course will provide a clear, concise introduction to the historical, political, social, and legal foundations of education and to the profession of teaching in the United States. Students will come away with a strong knowledge of the sociological forces behind the shaping of the American educational system through connecting with the latest topics, issues, and data.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ELP 406LEC Global and International Perspectives on Education
    Lecture

    ELP 406 covers basic topics in international and comparative education including: how education systems throughout the world are being influenced by globalization; how education systems differ throughout the world; how students from different cultures interact with different education systems. This course stresses the importance of using a comparative lens to understand education. ELP 405 is a useful baseline course but is not required as a prerequisite.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ELP 407LEC Language, Culture, and Education in a Global Society
    Lecture

    ELP 407 explores the complex relationship among diversity, (in)equity, and global educational context by focusing on the conceptual categories including language, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, and religion in that all of them have a significant influence on educational conditions, experiences, and outcomes. Students will also be introduced to the diverse ways in which these categories intersect in people??s lives including identity development and academic achievement and in which people use language, in particular, to communicate with and influence one another in the dynamic, social context of education. Among the topics covered are understanding diversity, creating an ??inclusive?? educational culture, developing ??culturally responsive?? curricula, materials, and practices, and educating and leading towards individual growth and global social justice and prosperity. Students will gain a deeper understanding of languages and cultures with their powerful relevance to and impact on education and beyond through in-class and online discussions on scholarly literature, interviews, and popular cultural films, interactive lectures, group discussion leads, and empirical research projects and presentations. This course is appropriate for students in a range of majors interested in multilingualism and multiculturalism in a global, educational context as well as education minors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ELP 450LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ELP 492SEM American Education in a Global Context
    Seminar

    A person seeking to develop a better understanding of the United States could probably find no better place to begin than to study American education. Schools in the U.S. both shape and are shaped by the communities they serve, and by American society at-large. Public schools in particular provide the foundation for America?s democracy and are perceived by many to be the gateway to the "American Dream." This course is intended to help American and international students, both graduate and undergraduate, develop a better understanding of America?s education system through readings, group discussions and projects, and visits to area schools. In this course, students will examine American education?s philosophical underpinnings, as well as its policy-making and governance structures. Graduate students will then be asked to compare and contrast these policies and practices with those in their home countries or, if American students, with policies and practices in other countries. Topics to be covered include: the history and goals of public education; the profession of teaching; equality of educational opportunity; multicultural and multilingual education; local control, choice, home schooling and charter schools, power and control at the state and national levels; textbooks, curriculum and instruction, e-learning and cyber bullying; and the courts and the schools. There are no course prerequisites and both American and international students may register.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall

Educational Leadership and Policy

468 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-2471
W: gse.buffalo.edu/elp
Published: November 16, 2017 08:32:47 AM