Academic Program Administration & Leadership Courses

The program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

Professional Courses

APL 501

Educational Theories and Methodology

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This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in healthcare education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored. Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included.  Students will examine the strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate applications of a variety of methods to different adult education environments.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 505

Educational Research

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This course is designed to introduce educational practitioners to the fields of educational research and evaluation. Examination of quantitative and qualitative methods for designing and conducting research and evaluation for a research project will be covered. Additional evaluation of measurement, assessment, common statistical techniques, and methods for critiquing research will also be examined.  Exploration of institutional review board (IRB) and other external regulatory processes will be conducted in relation to educational research.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 510

Leadership Theories and Application

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This course explores the leadership skills required for academic leaders to effectively deal with varied individuals and circumstances. Students will engage in guided reflection.  Using self-development students will be able to establish greater knowledge of self through the practice of reflective thinking. Students will identify leaders and leadership situations that model the various theories and styles.  Students will develop a clear personal philosophy of their leadership style.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 515

Design and Development of Curricular Programs

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This course focuses on curriculum/program development for healthcare education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.  Instructional design models, implementation planning, student assessment methods, analysis of effectiveness and continuous improvement are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 520

Outcomes Assessment

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This course focuses on the models and tools necessary to assess student learning outcomes (SLO). In addition, an exploration of how to incorporate SLO data with program effectiveness assessment data in the creation of a program systematic evaluation plans (SEP).  By examining the elements of effective learner, assessment within an education program and the clinical setting will provide a foundation for making necessary adjustments in curriculum. Fundamental principles of assessment are discussed as well as various authentic assessment methods.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 525

Issues and Trends in Higher Education

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This course examines a brief history of higher education as a means to place contemporary issues and trends in a broader context. Topics will include trends in online education, competency-based programs, credit for prior learning, and the "business" of education. This course will require students to engage in debates on the current state of education both in the United States and in a broader global community.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 550

External Funding and Grant Writing

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This course explores the skills required for academic leaders to effectively seek, write, and obtain external funding and grants. Students will engage in the grant writing process.  Students will gain knowledge of sources of external funding and the most effective strategies for obtaining funding.

  • Credits: 1.0

APL 555

Instructional Design Techniques

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This course provides introductory experiences and studies in creating and presenting instructional materials for training and development purposes. Topics include basic analysis, design, content writing, development guidelines and successful implementation of technology integration into course content. The course stresses the advantages, limitations, issues, and utilizations of technologies as applied to education and training including copyright and fair use laws as it relates to higher education.

  • Credits: 2.0

APL 560

Academic Administration

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This course provides a critical study of organizational procedures and administrative practices as related to the implementation and maintenance of an effective education programs.  Students will develop strategies for successfully managing an academic program, department or division by evaluating effective program polices. Compare and contrast the requirements of national, regional, programmatic and government regulatory agencies critical in academic leadership (regional and program accreditation, DOE, and federal financial aid regulations). In addition, topics unique to academic administration such as academic governance and faculty management (e.g., teaching loads, scheduling, rank and promotion) are addressed.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 565

Human Resources Management for Higher Education

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This course examines the unique demands of managing human resources in higher education. Through the effective utilization of faculty and staff, academic leaders are able to effectively manage faculty recruitment and hiring; implement evaluation procedures, and faculty development and training programs.  Additional topics include labor relations, collective bargaining, and labor laws.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 570

Academic Budgeting and Financial Management

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This course introduces an overview of the financial principles to successfully plan and manage program/department budgets and expenses.  Specific topics will include basic accounting; budgeting/resource allocation including budgeting practices, financial management which includes program revenue streams and expenses, as well as cost/benefit analysis, and strategy development/strategic planning.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 580

Capstone Project

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This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted, and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research.  The student will be required to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project.  During the course of the project, a student will demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned throughout the Program.  All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out the student's integrative experience in the Program.

  • Credits: 3.0