Foundations for Educational Leaders – EDUC 645

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study in the philosophy, precepts, and principles of education applied to Christian leadership in the educational setting. Emphasis is placed on self-investigation and analysis of leadership skills, strengths, and styles.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

A critical review and examination of contemporary leadership, management, and administration practices in light of biblically based models, characters, and criteria for Christian leadership. This course is designed to be highly interactive in the exploration of leadership models, theories, and practices and how they apply to Christian leadership, skills, abilities, and attitudes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Display an understanding of research and theory related to leadership in general and as applied specifically to the field of education.
  2. Articulate a personal philosophy of educational leadership in relation to the literature on theory and Biblical perspectives of leadership.
  3. Apply the Model Code of Ethics for Educators to ethical scenarios with consideration to professional dispositions and Biblical principles.
  4. Distinguish between leadership and management principles.
  5. Reflect on the implication of various leadership styles to the field of education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

There will be 5 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of the Discussion Board forums is to generate interaction among candidates in regard to relevant current course topics. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 350 words and 2 replies of at least 150 words for each Discussion Board Forum. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Journal Critiques (2)

The candidate will evaluate and critique 1 research article from varying professional journals. The journal can be from any discipline that addresses a topic in leadership that is specific to the module/week assigned. All articles must be current (5 years or less). The paper will include a title page, reference page, and have a 225–250-word limit. (MLO: A, B, E)

Leadership Interview

The candidate will interview an individual in a current position of leadership to which he/she aspires to hold in the future. The leadership position can be within a school organization, a business, or church ministry. The person cannot be related to the candidate. The “Leadership Interview” guideline question areas must be used for the interview. The candidate must reflect on the interview and write a 3–4-page summary and analysis paper that highlights specific points of interest as well as any words of wisdom or advice given in the interview that will most likely have a lasting impact on the candidate in his/her leadership role. The candidate must not merely summarize the interview; he/she must engage in an analysis of the interview with concepts learned from the course texts. Current APA format must be followed and at least 3 sources must be cited. (MLO: B, D, E)

Biblical Worldview Paper

This assignment will discuss the implications of leading from a biblical worldview. The paper must be 3–4 pages and and must cite the Bible and at least 4 references that represent the body of literature supporting and explain biblical worldview and Christian philosophy of education. The paper will be submitted in Blackboard and LiveText. Current APA format must be followed. This is a Program Learning Outcome Benchmark assignment. (MLO: A, B, C, E)

Theory to Practice Exam

This assessment is an open-book/open-note assessment of the candidate’s ability to demonstrate scholarly and practical knowledge of leadership standards and how to effectively apply them. It is recommended that the candidate work on this assessment throughout the course. This assignment will be completed in LiveText. This is an ELCC Benchmark assignment. (Content specialists should approach this case study from the perspective of a content specialist). (MLO: A, E, I)

Philosophy of Leadership Paper

This is the Benchmark assignment for this course and will allow the candidate to discuss his/her personal philosophy of spiritual and secular leadership in the educational setting. Emphasis is placed on leadership styles, relationships, and diversity within the candidate’s self-investigation and analysis of leadership skills, strengths, and styles. The paper must be 4–6 pages, include at least 4 references, and follow current APA format. This is a Program Learning Outcome Benchmark assignment. (Content specialists should approach the philosophy statement from a perspective of a content specialist leader). (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

ProEthica Modules

An access code will be provided to the candidate so he/she can complete the ProEthica training course. The online course consists of 7 modules and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. When finished, the candidate must upload both the certificate of completion and a screenshot of the score report for all modules to LiveText. This is a benchmark assignment to assess the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). It is recommended that this assessment be worked on throughout the course. (MLO: A, C, E).