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Content Analysis of the Practicum Course in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration Program

Title: Content Analysis of the Practicum Course in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration Program.
Name(s): Norman, Scott W., author
Irvin, Judith L., professor directing dissertation
Brummel-Smith, Kenneth, university representative
Rutledge, Stacey, committee member
Turner, Jeannine, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this study, I explored the overall efficacy of the Master of Science in Educational Leadership/ Administration (MSEL/A) program at Florida State University (FSU), by taking a closer look at the introductory course, Practicum in Educational Leadership (the Practicum), as well as the final assessment, the student e-portfolio. The MSEL/A at FSU is an educational leadership program intended to prepare students to take and pass the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) and to become school administrators in the Florida public education system. Since 2004, the program has undergone change, first becoming a blended or hybrid program, then moving completely online in 2007. The Practicum is the first course taken in the overall MSEL/A program and is made up of several components, including the Discussion Board, the Leadership Development Plan, FELE preparation, and the Mentor Journals. Overall student achievement is evidenced by the collected works found in the online portfolio at the end of the program. The practicum course, as is the overall MSEL/A program, is a fully integrated on-line course using Blackboard for group discussion postings and assignment submissions. Other than a pre-semester on-campus orientation, students interact with each other and the instructor fully at a distance using internet and/or phone. This study included a content analysis using a mixed methods approach. Surveys and interviews were used for a more in-depth analysis of content. Descriptive statistics were used to collect demographic data.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7531 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: June 17, 2013.
Keywords: Distance Learning, Educational Leadership, Online Education, Portfolio, Practicum
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Judith L. Irvin, Professor Directing Dissertation; Kenneth Brummel-Smith, University Representative; Stacey Rutledge, Committee Member; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational leadership
Education and state
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Norman, S. W. (2013). Content Analysis of the Practicum Course in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration Program. Retrieved from