School Leadership in Diverse Settings – EDUC 644

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/04/2022

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze and evaluate the multiple bases of curriculum development theory, research, and policy to improve teaching and learning as they relate to diverse settings.
  2. Apply knowledge of leadership theory and recommended practices in diverse educational environments.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of how to provide a caring, safe, and candidate-centered learning environment as it relates to diverse populations and settings.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate, considering varied community and cultural factors with diverse audiences (e.g., candidates, parents, colleagues, and community members), as well as involve such groups in effective decision making.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to read and understand the professional literature relevant to education leadership in diverse schools.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the centrality of educational and administrative technology in effective school governance and the improvement of teaching and learning.

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)

There will be 4 Discussions throughout this course. Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to submit a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread is to be 400 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 250 words and offer a substantive response to the central thesis of the thread. (MLO: A,B,C,D,E)

Journal Article Critiques (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. (MLO: A,B,E)

Case Studies (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. (MLO: A,B,C,D,E)

Diverse School Project


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.

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. (MLO: A,B,C,D,E,F)