Leadership Principles and Ethics – EDUC 740

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

Course Description

Candidates are engaged in an analysis of appropriate practices and principles related to leadership by exploring ethical issues and developing a biblical foundation for leadership practices.

Prerequisites

EDUC 759 and (Background Check Clearance with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5)

Rationale

Effective leadership requires a firm understanding of the principles of good leadership as well as its ethical practices. EDUC 740 teaches both of these fundamentals as they are inspired by the Bible, making it a foundational course in the Educational Leadership Doctorate program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Communicate knowledge about leadership principles.
    2. Define axiology and place educational leadership and professional ethics within that philosophical context while analyzing its relationship to epistemology.
    3. Communicate knowledge of the praxis of leadership principles, morals, and ethics as they relate to school practices.
    4. Recognize and demonstrate knowledge of critical social and educational issues.
    5. Recognize and discuss how school law issues pertain to educational leadership.
    6. Analyze and synthesize sources of authority for educational leadership and leadership as service (especially in its relationship to Christianity).
    7. Analyze and evaluate rational and irrational decision-making as values in the ethics of educational leadership and policy formulation.
    8. Compare and contrast how educational leaders’ personal morals and ethics relate to their views of children’s lives, academic achievement, socialization, effort, ability, expectations, school organization, and the profession and practices of teaching.
    9. Discuss and evaluate specific ways to bring moral instruction to life in school communities.
    10. Meet ISLLC Standard 5: “A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.”
    11. Discuss and evaluate the code of ethics specific to the state where the candidate is seeking licensure.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums in this course. The candidate will submit a 200–250-word thread in response to the provided prompt and will then submit replies of at least 100 words each to a minimum of 2 classmates’ threads. These forums must consist of substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

News Article Reviews (3)

The candidate will submit 3 brief essays discussing current news articles related to ethical issues in education. News articles used for this assignment must come from the newspaper, a news program, or some other reputable news source. Each review must be in current APA format and must be no less than 1/2 a page, double-spaced, and no more than 1 full page, double-spaced. Full citations for the articles must be provided, and, if possible, the article itself must be included with the submission. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Practicum Requirements – Licensure Candidates Only

Only licensure candidates must complete the practicum in order to earn a passing grade in this course. The minimum required number of hours for building-level school administration is 30 hours; for district-level/superintendent candidates, it is 50 hours.  During this course, the candidate will complete practicum hours in an accredited school. The majority of the hours must be completed while school is in session and students are present. Before beginning the practicum, the candidate will submit the practicum proposal form to the instructor for approval.

Upon completion of the practicum, the candidate will submit the Field Experience Summary (FES) via Blackboard. The Field Experience Assessment (FEA) will be completed in LiveText’s Field Experience Management (FEM) program. The link to this form will be emailed to your mentor.

The form submissions are non-graded assignments; however, they are required for licensure candidates. (MLO: J, K)

Ethical Analysis Paper

The candidate will make observations of ethical decision-making practices or situations in his/her workplace, recording those observations with specific days and times. Observations must take place over a period of 1 week. After the 1-week period, the candidate will write a 5–6-page paper summarizing and analyzing the various ethical situations observed. The paper must be in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, D, E, H, I)

Contemporary Issue Paper

The candidate will submit a 5–7-page paper that critically discusses a contemporary educational issue in which biblical principles conflict with legal and societal expectations. The paper must incorporate at least 5 current scholarly sources with correct in-text citations and must be in current APA format. (MLO: A, F, G, H, I)

Prayer Reflection Report

The candidate will choose 7 leaders that he/she knows personally and commit to pray for them for at least 30 days. During the 30 days of prayer, the candidate will follow the Daily Prayer Guide provided and will keep a prayer journal, recording his/her thoughts, ideas, and observations regarding the prayer time. Then, the candidate will submit a 1–3-page paper that discusses his/her reflections on the time of prayer. The paper must follow current APA format as necessary. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)

Theory to Practice Exam

The Theory to Practice Exam is an essay assessment; this requires the candidate to recall content knowledge learned in coursework and to apply it in a narrative form. The ELCC Theory to Practice Exam addresses ELCC Standards 1.1, 2.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, and 5.2, and 5.3. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Personal Ethics Paper

As the benchmark assignment for this course, the candidate will write an 8–10 page paper, applying the course principles to his/her personal experience, background, and/or vocation. The purpose of the paper is to synthesize the various elements covered in the course in order to form a set of principles that could be used in the candidate’s specific leadership role. The candidate will submit the preliminary outline of the paper. Both the outline and the paper must be in current APA style. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Field Experience Summary (FES) – Licensure Candidates Only

Only licensure candidates will complete this in the provided form and will include relevant information from the practicum. This assignment is required in order for the candidate seeking licensure to pass this course. (MLO: K)

Field Experience Assessment (FEA) – Licensure Candidates Only

The onsite mentor will complete the FEA in LiveText’s Field Experience Management (FEM) program. The link to this form will be emailed to your mentor with instructions for completing the FEA via LiveText. This assignment is required in order for the candidate seeking licensure to pass this course. (MLO: K)

ProEthica Scenarios (6)

Complete the 7 online modules. After each module, upload a screenshot of ProEthica grades into Blackboard. Upon final completion, follow the directions to submit the certificate and screenshot of all grades. (MLO: A)