EDU556: Instructional Leadership and Teacher Effectiveness

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Course Overview

This course will prepare principal/administrator candidates to increase teacher effectiveness, and subsequently student achievement, through systematic supervision and evaluation of instruction. Candidates will learn research-based methods for: selecting curriculum, instructional materials and assessments; using student data to plan and schedule instruction; and evaluating teacher effectiveness, growth and development.

The course project, Instructional Leadership Plan: Developing a Plan for Supervision enables candidates to: learn a description of the role and importance of instructional leadership to student achievement; create a graphic organizer including references for selecting standards-aligned curriculum, instructional materials and assessments within a multi-tiered system of support; design an annual schedule of instruction for teachers and students; choose an observation and feedback system and schedule; and analyze teacher effectiveness standards and evaluation systems.

The course contains two key assessments designed to demonstrate mastery of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) professional standards:

  • The first key assessment is an observation of a teacher in a K-12 school setting demonstrating achievement of ELCC standards and JIU program learning objectives.
  • The second key assessment is a mentor evaluation confirming 40 hours in a K-12 school setting.

This course includes an internship experience. Candidates must complete 40 hours onsite in an approved K-12 school-based clinical practice placement. The internship activities consisting of 10 hours per week for four weeks are included in modules three through six.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research on child development, learning and motivation, and effective instructional practices for diverse learners.
  • Identify tools for selection, implementation and evaluation of research-based curriculum, instruction and assessments, aligned to standards and differentiated for the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create an effective schedule of instruction to ensure adequate instructional time for all students to achieve academic standards, differentiating instruction for diverse learning needs and providing teachers with time to collaborate on instructional practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a multi-tiered system of support, including: implementing core curriculum and targeted interventions; using assessments to identify learning needs and monitor student progress; and structured collaboration of teachers to analyze and use data and plan for instruction.
  • Describe and communicate national and local policies and professional standards for licensure, employment and evaluation of teachers and staff.
  • Facilitate the development of a professional learning community that promotes collaboration, research-based professional development, coaching, mentoring, and differentiated professional growth plans for teachers and staff focused on continuous improvement of instruction and student achievement gains.
  • Supervise instruction by conducting frequent observations aligned with principles of effective instruction, and provide feedback and recommendations for improvement of instructional practices to increase student learning outcomes.
  • Design a system for fair and equitable evaluation of effectiveness of teachers and staff that articulates clear performance standards, measures including student achievement and methods as well as procedures for differentiated professional development to increase effectiveness.
  • Complete 40 hours of field-based experience in a K-12 school setting under the supervision of a licensed mentor administrator.

Course Prerequisites

Special Requirements

Student Solutions Advisor permission required for registration.

Candidates will be required to use a webcam in the student teaching courses.  Candidates are strongly urged to purchase the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 webcam sold through the JIU bookstore. This webcam has been selected for use because of its quality and ease of use. Using a videotape or camcorder is not acceptable. 

To upload classroom videos for viewing by teaching faculty, candidates must use one of the following computer operating systems and browser versions:

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP (SP 2 or SP3)
    • Internet Explorer 8 or newer
    • Firefox 4 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5.7 or newer
    • Firefox 4 or newer
    • Safari 4 or newer

Candidates must download and install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin from:


(2) POSSESS 2.5 CUMULATIVE GPA: Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in courses completed within the program specialization.

(3) SECURE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT: Secure a placement in an American school that (1) consists of a K-12 school/district setting at the grade levels required for the intended principal/administrator license, and (2) provides multiple opportunities to work directly with students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., students who are English language learners, of both genders, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, from different ethnic/racial groups, students with different learning ability levels, etc.).NOTE: The same placement may be utilized for EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(4) SECURE QUALIFIED MENTOR PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR AND SUBMIT MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS:Identify a mentor who (1) possesses a current United States principal/administrator license, (2) has three years or more of licensed experience as a principal/administrator, and (3) currently works in the role of a principal/administrator. Submit a copy of mentor’s state license, and a copy of mentor’s resume to Student Services. NOTE: Candidates are permitted and encouraged to work with the same mentor in EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(5) SUBMIT DISTRICT AGREEMENT FORM: Submit a completed District Agreement Form to Student Services.

(6) SUBMIT CLINICAL PRACTICE ATTESTATION FORM: Submit a signed Clinical Practice Attestation form to the Registrar’s Office.

(7) SUBMIT COMPLETED EDU556 PREREQUISITE CHECKLIST: Submit completed and signed prerequisite form to your Student Solutions Advisor.