An examination of the administrative roles in the design, implementation and improvement of the total educational program in private and public schools. Specific areas of study include curriculum and instruction, pupil and staff personnel, student activities, school organization and management.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The leadership of a school is a key factor in the success or failure of the school’s programs. This course provides an overview to enable prospective administrators to gain an understanding of their leadership role through readings, personal reflection, and pedagogical interaction. This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine their own personal leadership values and to explore relevant problems and strategies for resolution.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Articulate a vision of learning.
- Develop an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Manage the school organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
- Collaborate with faculty and community members to address community needs.
- Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
- Respond to the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150-200 words.
School Improvement Plan: Vision Analysis and Revision Process
The candidate will report, evaluate, review, and revise a school’s or district’s vision/purpose statement. This must be between 300–500 words. (MLO: A, D, E.)
School Improvement Plan: Data Analysis and Goals
The candidate will gather and analyze multiple types of school data and then list 3–5 goals for school improvement. (MLO: B, C, E, F.)
Quiz: Practicum Proposal
The candidate is required to complete 30 practicum hours in a school in order to pass this course.
Case Studies (2)
The candidate will access each Case Study by a link and code that will be provided by the instructor. Each Case Study must be a minimum of 1,000 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)
School Improvement Plan: Implementation Plan
The candidate will complete an Implementation Plan that covers resource management, implementation, and monitoring progress. A template will be provided in the course. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)
School Improvement Plan: PowerPoint Presentation
The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation that will be intended for a school board or a parent-teacher organization. In addition to summarizing the School Improvement Plan elements, the presentation is to indicate clearly how it was developed and will be implemented with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner. This presentation must include a minimum of 15 slides. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)
School Improvement Plan: LiveText Submission
The candidate will complete this on the template that is provided in LiveText. This will enable the candidate to upload the previously completed coursework into LiveText. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)
Field Experience Summary (FES)
The candidate will complete this in the provided form and include relevant information from the practicum. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.
Field Experience Assessment (FEA)
The candidate’s onsite mentor will complete the FEA online. The mentor will receive an e-mail from Liberty with a link, username, and password to access the FEA. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.
The candidate will complete a midterm and final quiz in this course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5–6 essay questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F.)