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EDUC523 - Supervision of Instruction

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC523 Course ID: 4336 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will study the evaluation process and candidates will learn how to use aspects of effective teaching strategies when working with teachers during the observation/walk-through process. Strategies for coaching and mentoring teachers for improved student achievement will be presented. Candidates will focus on the process of gathering data for the formal evaluation process and on providing professional development to meet teacher needs. Attention will also be given to analyzing and interpreting assessment results and other instructional data and how to deliver effective professional development to improve teaching and learning.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Develop a plan for completing a comprehensive evaluation of teachers and support staff. (ELCC 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 5.1) (PII 3.A, 3.F, 3.H, 6.A, 6.C)
  2. Critique strategies from current research literature for creating an empowering environment that supports innovative teaching and 21st Century learning for all students. (ELCC 2.4) (PII 3.G, 3.J, 4.B, 5.A, 5.B, 6.B)(N 3)
  3. Create a professional development plan that includes personal goals for developing skills for the supervision of instruction. (ELCC 5.4) (PII 3.C, 3.E, 6.C)
  4. Analyze organizational learning for school cultures, goal setting, change processes, and group dynamics. (ELCC2.3, 4.2)(PII 3.I, 3.K, 4.B, 5.A, 5.B,6.B)
  5. Create a case study around the concepts of building consensus, communication, and resolving conflicts in order to align resources to improve achievement. (ELCC 2.1.) (PII 6.C)
  6. Prepare quality professional development activities for improved learning and teaching with technology. (ELCC 2.4) (PII 3.D, 3.J. 6.C)

Assigned Reading & Resources

Each week in addition to the Required Reading, additional resources may be provided to offer you background information or further understanding the terminology as well as the material for the lesson. You are expected to read the Required Reading and review the additional resources.


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Please join the forums each week. Initial responses and replies to classmates to each forum question must be posted in the week due. Posts made after the end of each week will not be graded. Demonstrate your own knowledge in the forums. Avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum question by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

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Assignment 1: Professional Development Survey

Create a professional development activity of your choice. This activity needs to follow the principles of adult and teacher development. You may submit this as a paper, as a presentation with voice-overs, or as a video of you presenting the professional development. If you provide a video or presentation you need to provide a supplemental document telling how you applied the adult and teacher development principles.

Assignment 2: Personal Professional Development Plan

Create a personal professional development plan focused on skills needed for supervising instruction.

Assignment 3: Directive Approach Example

Create a video (of any kind including or having a friend help you out) or write a paper presenting a scenario showing a supervisor using a directive informational approach in a discussion with a teacher.

Assignment 4: Compare and Contrast Non-Directive and Collaborative Leadership

Compare and contrast non-directive and collaborative supervisory behaviors. You may use a graphic organizer, you may create a prezi, or you may provide the information in whatever format in which you are most comfortable. Creative presentations are requested.

Assignment 5: Case Study Reflection

Write a reflective essay that answers the following question:

Based upon the case study analysis and the developmental process of supervision, what have you learned about your level of expertise in implementing the different approaches with teachers?

Campus Planning Project 1: Supervisory Platform

The purpose of this week’s assignment allows you to begin identifying yourself as a supervisor of instruction.

Use the guiding questions from your readings and write your own supervisory platform. Describe your own “planks” that you would include in your supervisory platform.

Supervisory Platform Guiding Questions

  • What is your definition of instructional supervision?
  • What should be the ultimate purpose of supervision?
  • Who should supervise? Who should be supervised?
  • What knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values are possessed by successful supervisors?
  • What are the most important needs of teachers?
  • What makes for positive relationships between supervisors and teachers?
  • What types of activities should be part of instructional supervision?
  • What should be changed about the current practice of instructional supervision?

Campus Planning Project 2: Formative and Summative Evaluation Plan

Based upon your development of observing skills, how would you develop your approach to summative and formative evaluations for your teachers? What methods (specific to course readings or research) would you employ during the process? What is the role of professional development in the evaluation process?

Campus Planning Project 3: Clinical Supervision

Describe the clinical supervision practices that you will use as part of the supervision of teachers. Include the anticipated impact these practices will have on student learning. What methods (specific to course readings or research) would you employ during the process?

Campus Planning Project 4: Evaluation of West Virginia Teacher Assessment Tool

Evaluate best practices for supervision of instruction and how you will go about collecting, analyzing, and reporting the data required on the evaluation tool. Provide a research based rational for each section of the assessment tool, with a focus on the impact of each practice on student achievement.

Campus Planning Project 5: Professional Development

What is the role of professional development in the evaluation process? How can the supervisor use professional development to build instruction and change teachers’ attitudes?

Research Paper

Prepare a research paper based on the change process and the principal’s role in facilitating positive change. Your paper should be 5-6 pages in length and include at least ten current (within 5 years) references in addition to the course text. References should be listed at the end of the paper and should follow American Psychological Association (APA) formatting. The APA web site can be consulted for assistance.

Required Text(s) and Reading

Glickman, C. D., Gordon, S. P., & Ross-Gordon, J. M. (2013). Supervision and Instructional Leadership: A developmental approach (9th ed.). Pearson.

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Citation and Reference Style

You will be expected to adhere to APA style throughout this program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) may be purchased and used in all courses.

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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Book Title:SuperVision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach, 9th ed
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Glickman, Gordon and Ross-Gordon
Unit Cost:$214.99
Book Title:The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email for confirmation of the start month.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.