General Course Information for EDA614: Introduction to Leadership

Course: EDA614 - Introduction to Leadership
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Course Description: The theories, principles, and concepts related to leadership, administration, and management applied to education. Application and implications of theory for the instructional leader and education-related manager.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Facilitate the development of a shared vision for the achievement of all students based upon data from multiple measures of student learning and relevant qualitative indicators.
  • Communicate a shared vision, based on the school's mission, to all stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the influences of diversity in improving teaching and learning.
  • Identify and address any barriers to accomplishing the vision.
  • Design school programs and activities that are integrated, articulated through the grades, and consistent with the school vision.
  • Plan for sufficient resources, including technology, that can implement and attain the vision for all students and all subgroups of students.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire knowledge and develop skills associated with restructuring organizations, mobilizing of human and fiscal resources, and creating a school environment that identifies institutional needs for diversity
  • Analyze aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  • Analyze innovative school models in the context of their ability to impact student learning.
  • Analyze the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that impacts a school or school district.
  • Analyze the organization, operations, and resources necessary to foster a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Apply his or her acquired understanding and knowledge to a field experience in practical and real-world school settings, which is documented in a portfolio and supervised by a mentor in partnership with the University.
  • Build consensus among stake holders by implementing procedures for curricular improvements based upon assessment and appropriateness of diverse classroom environments
  • Create a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Critically analyze a topic related to educational leadership through the lens of a researcher.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational development, and the benefits of mobilizing human and fiscal resources, restructuring, creating a school environment that identifies institutional needs for diversity and the administrative tasks of the principal and vice principal
  • Demonstrate instructional leadership in maintaining and increasing teaching effectiveness provided through relevant professional development opportunities
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of practice related to curriculum standards and accountability leading to the improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate through practice a sensitivity to and an understanding of cultural diversity and its significance in building effective school communities
  • Design a system of collaboration that includes families and community members, and responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources.
  • Develop a school culture conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Evaluate aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  • Evaluate leadership through the lens of ethics and philosophy.
  • Evaluate leadership within the lens of ethics and philosophy.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and develop new school programs and paradigms from the politics of school organizations for the improvement of instruction.
  • Make better decisions regarding the management of information technology within the organization, and how information and educational technology can be used to improve instructional programs and drive professional development of the staff.
  • Possess the necessary skills to become successful practicing school administrator.
  • Provide candidates with the research base for reflective educational decision making.
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply financial policies and practices used in schools and districts, which emphasize federal, state, and local revenue sources as well as district and school budgeting and financial management procedures.
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply school district procedures for curriculum implementation and instructional improvement, based on assessment and appropriateness of multi-cultural classroom environments.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures