Jose da Costa

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept

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Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept
Email
jose.da.costa@ualberta.ca

Overview

About
Joe is a Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. He earned his B.Ed. (Industrial Education) and his Ed.D. (Educational Administration) from the University of British Columbia and his M.A. (Technology Education) from the California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo). Joe taught high school automotives at Atascadero High School in California in the mid to late 1980s before starting his doctoral work at U.B.C. As a faculty member at the University of Alberta since 1993, Joe has taught courses in educational administration and leadership, generally, and supervision of instruction, specifically. He has also taught a variety of introductory and advanced research methods courses (drawing on rationalist and naturalist paradigms).

Research
  • Impacts of educational programming and administrative structures on student success in school
  • Academic disadvantage due to socio-cultural backgrounds and experiences, or economic circumstances
  • Early learning, in-school mentoring, school choice, and teacher and administrator professional development

Courses

EDPS 410 - Ethics and Law in Teaching

This course will examine the ethical and legal responsibilities of teachers. Among the topics addressed will be the following: punishment and child abuse; freedom of speech and academic freedom in schools; parents' rights and teachers' professional autonomy; issues of quality such as inclusive education and the problems of racism and sexism; fairness in assessment and evaluation; teachers' private lives and public obligations; indoctrination and the teaching of value. It is recommended that students take EDU 100 (EDU 300 for After Degree students), 210, and 211 prior to taking this course. Restricted to third, and fourth year Education students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020
EDPS 531 - Supporting Educator Professional Growth

This course is designed to support participants as they increase their knowledge about historical and contemporary challenges and issues in supporting educator professional growth. Topics covered in the course will be relevant to teachers, school leaders, system administrators, teacher educators, and policy-makers. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Winter Term 2021
EDU 521 - School Leadership: Theory and Practice

This research-based course enables school leaders to hone leadership practices grounded in research. Students will explore and further develop understanding of school leadership in light of research literature and practice-based understandings. This course will include a job embedded learning component. Prerequisite: EDU 520. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021

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