Leadership Principles and Ethics – EDAS 740

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 01/26/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in 5 Discussions 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. The threads and replies must consist of substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

News Article Review Assignments (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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Ethical Analysis Paper Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, D, E, H, I)

Contemporary Issue Paper Assignment

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. (CLO: A, F, G, H, I)

Prayer Reflection Report Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)

Theory to Practice Exam Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Personal Ethics Paper Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

SchoolSims Assignments (6)

The candidate will complete six interactive scenarios. After viewing each scenario, the candidate will submit their Feedback Report to Canvas.

SchoolSims Quizzes (6)

The candidate will complete six interactive scenarios. After viewing each scenario, the candidate will complete a five-question, multiple-choice quiz. The candidate must achieve at least 80% mastery by getting four out of five questions on each quiz correct to meet the target. (CLO: A)