Online Courses in Educational Management
The course descriptions below provide an overview of commonly offered online educational management classes.
- Introductory Educational Leadership Course: This course usually provides an overview of the principles and theories of leadership, administration and management. Students read, discuss and analyze the writings and theories of philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle and Machiavelli. Instructors may ask students to participate in online discussions about how the ideas of these philosophers relate to educational leadership.
- Law for School Administrators Course: This course provides students with an understanding of U.S. and state laws and their relation to schools and education. Students might be asked to meet in online forums to discuss how to apply the law in various scenarios.
- Curriculum Design and Evaluation Course: Students usually learn the standards and principles of curriculum design so that they know what to look for when choosing curricula for their schools. They may also learn how to evaluate teacher-produced curricula to make sure they are grade-level appropriate and meet state and national guidelines.
- Interviewing, Hiring and Evaluating School Personnel Course: In this course, students generally discuss different techniques and ideas behind the selection and hiring of school personnel. Students might role-play the interview process though online video chat or create a list of interview questions to submit via email. Students also usually discuss how to effectively evaluate teachers and other school personnel.
- School Budget and Finance Course: In a school finance course, students typically learn the accounting skills necessary to create a budget for a school or district. Instructors might assess students' progress with practical online accounting exams and quizzes. Common online discussion topics include budget prioritizing and appropriate allocation of school funds.
- Educational Technology Course: This course usually provides an overview of current technology used in classrooms and school administrative offices, as well as addressing how to use this technology. Instructors might lead students in online discussions on evaluating and testing new educational technology at school sites.
- School Finance Course: This course explores funding for schools and the budgeting responsibilities of an administrator. Students will study both the history of education funding and the current state of school financing at the local, state and federal levels. Subjects covered include funding for special needs students and the equitable distribution of resources, with an emphasis on maximizing resources to benefit student academic success within a school or district.
- Diversity Inclusion and Equality Course: This course tackles the intricate and sometimes controversial issues associated with race, gender, sexual orientation, and age in education. The primary goal is to help students become more culturally aware so they can create a learning environment for the student body and employees to improve performance. Guidelines established by the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development are covered, as well as understanding how inclusion benefits interpersonal relations.
- Current Issues in Education Course: In this course, students will cover current reforms in education. Areas of research and classroom strategies will also be considered.
- History of Higher Education Course: This course will analyze the history of postsecondary education in the U.S. from the early 17th century up to today. Topics include leadership, the customs of institutional systems and values associated with educational staff.
Online classes in educational management are often completed as part of a graduate certificate or master's degree program in educational leadership, education administration or a related field. Though not as widely available, online doctoral programs are also offered. Educational management courses can be completed in hybrid format or entirely online; however, students are frequently required to complete internships or field study at a school. Those who complete an online program in educational management may go on to careers in school administration, as principals or superintendents.
Online educational management courses are available with graduate certificates, and master's and doctoral programs. Areas of study include school finance, current issues in education and curriculum design.