Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Fall Graduate courses begin the week of September 2nd and conclude on November 24th. If you need guidance registering for courses, contact Cathy Howe, Curriculum Coordinator at 859-1102.


ED551 Seminar in American Schools -- Dr. Wally Alexander

This class will provide a broad background for thinking about issues of education in historical and philosophical context. As the introductory course in the Thomas College Masters of Education program, it will help prepare students for subsequent courses in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment of learning. Students will have the opportunity to begin to identify questions about teaching and learning that will help focus their research throughout the remainder of the program.

MG695 Strategic Planning -- John Kenneally

Students will develop an understanding of the process used to develop strategic plans and organizational policy; including the role of finance, the environment, ethics and policy. *On campus dates: 9/8, 10/6, 11/3, 11/24


ED615 Literacy for the Special Learner -- Todd Martin

In this course, students will explore the cognitive, neurological, and emotional characteristics which impact the literacy development of students, focusing on 1) the unique needs of students with developmental impairments and 2) for English as a second language learners. Students will evaluate literacy performance for the special learner, and adapt, apply and assess teaching interventions for learners with diverse needs.

FN551 Financial Management -- Bruce Harrington

This course focuses on financial decision-making by the firm. Topics include financial analysis and planning, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, long-term financing, and working capital management. Emphasis is placed on case studies of practical business problems using computer electronic spreadsheet programs.

HC510 The United States Health Care Systems -- Dan Booth

This course describes the organization and delivery of healthcare in the United States. Topics include an introduction to health care finance, public and private operations, health care law and the regulatory environment. Additional topics include health care reimbursement, innovation and change, access, information privacy and security, quality, affordability, and policy trends.

HR569 Career Management -- Tony Nedik

This course will examine developing and managing a career, both from an individual and organizational perspective. It will touch upon the traditional "career for life" with one organization and the more contemporary reality that most individuals change jobs every 3 to 5 years.

MG551 Organizational Theory and Behavior -- Dr. Donald Cragen

This course surveys the major areas within the field of management, examining structures and processes on both group and organizational levels. Both traditional and contemporary organizational theories are analyzed and applied to business operations. *On campus dates: 9/2. 9/30, 10/28, 11/18


ED641 Educational Leadership-- Richard Biffle

This course introduces students to the principles of school leadership. It provides learners with the wherewithal to lead departments, school units and districts to achieve an organization's mission, goals and objectives. It is based on the theory that leadership skills can be learned and assimilated.

ED571 Organizational Behavior and Change in Schools -- Judith Lucarelli

This course is about understanding schools as organizations and how to change them to improve learning for all. It draws on literature about organization theory, organizational behavior, culture, change, leadership, and professional learning communities. It is designed to promote critical thinking about and planful action toward creating schools that are true learning organizations.

MS552 Operations Research Techniques -- Nick Jewczyn

This course concentrates on the application of quantitative decision-making to business problems. Emphasis is placed on linear programming, transportation problem analysis, waiting line theory, PERT/CPM project management, and inventory control techniques. Upon completion of the course, a student will be able to : apply marketing concepts and case analysis tools to create recommendations for improvements to business problems..


ED540 Best Practices in Literacy Curriculum -- Gayla LaBreck

This course will give participants an opportunity to develop a balanced literacy framework addressing reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is designed to provide opportunities to acquire concepts and skills that may be applied to the literacy curriculum development process in schools. The strongest elements of a balance literacy program guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading; consequently, participants will engage in inspecting and evaluating several literacy curricula and planning elements for the individual classrooms, school and whole district.

HC530 Health Care Supply, Logistics and Procurement -- Ghassan Saleh

This course examines the breadth of the health care value chain, including all critical players and elements, Strategic procurement and the management of health care supply chains are a critical function in the daily delivery of quality health care. Efficient practices require communication and negotiating skills, as well as the organizational skills necessary to manage input/supplier matrices.

MG530 Teams: Authority  Influence, Projects -- Frank Appunn

This course builds leadership and management skills that facilitate the effective execution of objectives where stakeholders and resources come from multiple areas, locations, budgets, and organizational substructures. To facilitate the execution of projects and processes to achieve objectives, the topics include the use of persuasion, motivation, emotional intelligence, culture intelligence, and influence to ensure the delivery of resources and processes.


AC551 Accounting for Management Decisions -- Andrew Grover

This course analyzes the use of accounting as a managerial tool. Topics include budgeting, systems building and evaluation, inventory valuation, fixed asset valuation, and analysis and interpretation of financial reports from internal and external sources.

MK552 Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations -- Mike Davis

This course is an intensive study of modern marketing fundamentals applied to non-profit organizations. Emphasis is placed upon the identification and productive use of specific market factors. Some attention is given to development a market-oriented approach to the management of non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: MK551

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