School Leadership in Diverse Settings – EDUC 644

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course focuses on differences in educational leadership in diverse settings to include: private, charter, and traditional public schools with a focus on urban schools, as well as alternative and online schools.

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


The landscape of America’s schools and school climate is ever changing. So many factors create this climate of diversity in a country from history, economy, politics, location, region, as well as many others. This class will equip leaders for understanding diverse schools and the challenges often faced.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to submit a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. There will be 4 Discussions throughout this course. Each thread is to be 300 words and integrate course-related information and course presentations. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 200 words and offer a substantive response to the central thesis of the thread. (CLO: A,B,C,D,E,G)

Journal Article Critique Assignments (4)

The candidate will submit journal article critiques related to leadership in diverse settings that review at least two articles that relate to the same topic. The candidate must select articles related to the focus of his/her research for the Diverse School Proposal. These assignments should have the correct APA reference at the top of the page, should be 1–2 full pages in length and should be written in third person. (CLO: A,B,E,G)

Case Study Assignments (2)

The candidate will complete 2 case studies in this course. Based on each case study, the candidate will be responsible for analyzing SWOT—the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the case in its leadership context. Based on the SWOT analysis, the candidate will conclude with leadership recommendations for the case. (CLO: A,B,C,D,E)

Diverse School Project Assignment


The candidate will provide a brief overview of a school for which he/she would like to develop a leadership proposal. Suggestions for the type of school are a private urban school, an alternative school, a charter school, or any other diverse school settings. Your proposal should not be more than one page, double-spaced in length.(CLO: A,B,C,D,E,F)

Final Submission

The candidate will create a proposal of a school he/she developed in the Proposal. The proposal must include a mission and vision statement, program description, governance, demographics of community, budget, funding, unique aspects of the school (such as curriculum, staffing, religious affiliation, etc.) among others. (CLO: A,B,C,D,E,F)