In this experience, the student will enter the Capstone experience course with a firm understanding of Biblical and ethical principles and theory, leadership models, leadership in human resources and organizational behavior, communication skills, legal understanding, and finance in leadership. Your final project is to synthesize your entire course work into a cohesive plan that incorporates the main objectives of the courses in your Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) program. The plan is YOUR strategic action plan for your business or religious organization with your ration ale, application and reflections for the plan for a specific action or change.

The Legal Issues in Managerial Leadership course provides students with a foundational knowledge of the legal issues facing both start - up and established business enterprises in the areas of contracts, corporations, employment, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, leases, limited liability organizations, partnership, and homeland security concerns.

Provides an opportunity for students to examine educational practices and to apply research principles for designing, conducting, and analyzing an approved action research project or a curriculum analysis design. Their findings will be presented in a public forum. To be taken at the conclusion of the graduate program.

This course is organized to provide prospective as well as practicing educational leaders, policymakers, and teachers with the legal knowledge that will enable them to conduct and operate school organizations effectively within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law. The course will focus on the law related to public education. Relevant constitutional, statutory and case law pertaining to various aspects of education and major legal issues and principles of law surrounding those aspects will be presented and discussed. The public school laws of Missouri will also comprise a learning component of this course. Course Rationale

Develops pre-service elementary teachers' understanding of the content, processes, pedagogy, and differentiated instruction needed for teaching mathematics to culturally diverse students. Focuses on theories of cognitive development as applied to mathematics and best practices in the process of problem solving, number sense, algebra, geometry, measurement, data and technology as applied to mathematics.

Examines methods and materials for reading instruction for emerging and developing readers with emphasis on the reading process, reading strategies, and assessing reading progress. Presents and applies approaches to reading in phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.

Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child studies the physical, social, mental and emotional characteristics of the exceptional child, from birth through high school. Includes an overview of assessment measures, legal issues, the diagnosis and the characteristics of exceptionalities, support services, management of individualized education plans and other
current topics in special education.

Prepares practitioners to meet the literacy needs of diverse populations. Examines social, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, age, gender, and linguistic diversity in order to gain a better understanding, to identify risks related to learning, and to plan provisions for student success. 3 semester hours credit.

Considers counseling and collaboration with children, families and professional colleagues from the perspective of a Biblical worldview. Prepares practitioners to implement diversity issues into their literacy lessons. Utilization of counseling theory, techniques and advocacy will be presented in the course. Provides application in group interaction, navigating relational conflict, and focusing on the individual. Uses the Biblical worldview as the foundation on which values, morality, and ethical practice considerations will be formulated.

Provides an introduction to theories of learning, the mental process of knowing, and ways for structuring information - delivery so that instruction is enhanced in the classroom. Explores current neurological research on pattern - recognition, memory, concept formation, knowledge, imagery, language, decision - making, problem - solving, and creativity. 3 semester hours credit.