Syllabus for EDL-660



This course discusses the productive role of human resources (HR) administration within a school district and evaluates HR methodologies used by today’s school district managers. This course focuses on the key foundational components and HR strategies that will provide clear rules of engagement for employees while utilizing them as an advantageous asset. This course also discusses the effective and innovative processes that will allow school districts to acquire, develop, and retain “difference maker” employees. Also explored are the intricate challenges involved in creating competitive and cost-effective compensation and benefits programs. In the field of education, another key focus involves devising standards of performance and measuring and communicating these standards to employees. Other topics covered in this course are workforce development, risk management, employee relations, and high performance work systems (ISLLC 2, 5, 6; NJDOE 2, 5, 6).


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the challenges of constructing an effective human resources program within a school district and the concepts that underlie effective human resources strategic planning.
  2. Explain the importance of following a strict human resources compliance program and facilitating diversity into a school district.
  3. Explain the critical processes related to career development, job analysis, and job design; discuss means for creating clear rules of engagement for school district employees and the effective use of internal sources as well as external sources in the recruiting function.
  4. Engage in critical discussions pertaining to the talent acquisition and employee retention processes.
  5. Explain principles for devising an employee appraisal system, measurement standards, and measurement objectives; discuss the employee appraisal interview.
  6. Analyze the features of an effective total compensation system and an effective total benefits programs.
  7. Illustrate the foundational role of human resources in school district health and safety measures as well as violence mitigation.
  8. Discuss employer and employee rights, roles, and responsibilities.
  9. Analyze the dynamics of labor relations and their impact on the workplace.
  10. Explain and discuss high-performance work systems.


You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook

Electronic Portfolio Registration

As a capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program, you will prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates your incremental achievement of the program standards. Each course in the program helps you to identify artifacts to place in your portfolio on completion of the course. To this end, you are required to purchase an electronic portfolio registration code upon your entry into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. Basic directions for purchasing access to and using your electronic portfolio are posted within the Educational Leadership Students Organization (online community).


Human Resources Administration is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete a midterm assignment, and complete a final assignment. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

Each week in the course has at least one online discussion forum.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to share your findings on a topic or question with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Refer to the Guidelines for Coursework for your discussion forum assignments.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. For each assignment you are asked to submit a paper of between 500 and 800 words (with a typical font and spacing this will be between one and two pages. The writing assignments require you to write well-reasoned and thoughtful papers, making reference, as appropriate, to the readings and other sources of information. You are required to use APA format for your work and for all references.

Refer to the Guidelines for Coursework for your written assignments.

Midterm and Final Assignments

In module 4 you will complete your midterm assignment and in module 8 you will complete your final assignment. Each of these assignments consists of four equally-weighted questions that allow you to demonstrate your mastery of course objectives. Each of your essays should be between 500 and 800 words in length (with a typical font and spacing this will be between 2 and 3 pages). The midterm assignment covers modules 1 through 4 and the final covers modules 5 through 8.

You will find instructions for completing the assignments in the modules where they appear. You are required to use APA format in organizing your essay and for any citations.

See the Course Calendar for when to submit each assignment

Portfolio Artifacts and Reflective Narrative

The principal artifacts for this course are the midterm assignment and the final assignment. You should accompany the artifact with a reflective narrative that describes the process and how the artifact meets specific standards and prepares you for school leadership.

Place your artifacts in the Artifacts area of your e-folio. You can also link your artifacts (designated as "Work") to ISLLC standards listed in the Resources area of the e-folio. Keep your work in "draft" or "ready for feedback" status for now.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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