Theories of Educational Leadership – EDUC 741

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

Course Description

An analysis of education/organizational leadership theories and evidence based practices with application to challenges faced by academic leaders in complex and changing contexts.  Emphasis given to significance and relevance for leaders forging relationships and leading academic organizations to successfully fulfill their mission.




This course is a study of leadership styles and the resulting influence upon school personnel, community, and instructional innovation and curricular change within the system.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe evidence-based characteristics of successful educational leadership and proficiently articulate these essential qualities as they relate to the changing contexts of academia.
  2. Analyze biblical models of leadership, with specific attention to Nehemiah, with regard to relevant and relational leadership which leads to organizational success.
  3. Apply a biblical worldview to the analysis of the literature reviews, readings, and research in the various levels of education.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical influences pertaining to leadership theories and their relationship to governance, administration, and leadership in institutions learning.
  5. Apply organizational theories and models to create and lead effective higher education organizations and implement best practice in organizational improvement planning.
  6. Analyze state licensure standards and/or accreditation standards with regard to leadership office holders, integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for advanced career positions in all levels of education.
  7. Reflect upon personal development as an educational leader.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The candidate will complete the corresponding readings/research and clearly discuss and reflect upon the specific prompts. The candidate will create a 200–250-word thread in response to the prompt. The candidate will then submit 100–150-word replies to the threads of at least 2 classmates. (MLO: A, F)

The candidate will write a two-section paper describing both formal and informal requirements to serve as a leader in an organization. The paper must be in current APA format, include a title page, include a reference page with at least 2 references, and be 400–500 words. (MLO: F)

School or District Improvement Plan (K-12)

The candidate will develop a School Improvement Plan. This assignment is to be completed in 4 Parts: Vision Analysis and Revision Process, Data Analysis and Goals, Implementation Plan, and PowerPoint Presentation. This assignment is intended for students currently in, or planning to be in, a K-12 setting. If the candidate is seeking licensure, the candidate MUST complete the K-12 Improvement Plan. (MLO: D, E, G)

Higher Ed. Course Project

The candidate will analyze an issue that is a challenge in higher education. This assignment is to be completed in 4 parts: Journal Analysis, Media Analysis, Stategies for Improvement, and PowerPoint Presentation. This assignment is intended for candidates in a higher ed. or other non-K12 setting. (MLO: D, E, G)

The candidate will articulate a personal philosophy of educational leadership, focusing on the purpose of leadership. The candidate must focus on the long-range impact that leadership must have on stakeholders and on the community. In addition, the candidate must focus on the outcome of leadership rather than on methods and practices. This assignment must total 4–6 pages, use current APA format, and include a minimum of 4 references. (MLO: A, G)

The candidate will evaluate and critique 2 research articles from varying professional journals related to a similar topic. The journals can be from varying disciplines. All articles must be current (5 years or less). This paper must include a title page and have a 450–500-word limit. The title page and citations are NOT included in the word limit. (MLO: A)

The candidate will read the Book of Nehemiah as assigned throughout the course and complete 6 entries for the Leadership Journal which will be submitted at the end of the course. Each entry must answer the provided prompt and include a summary and reflection indicated by headings. Each entry must be 300-450 words. At the end of the course, the candidate will submit the entries in one document with a title page and reference page. (MLO: B, G)