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General Course Information for EDA623: Instructional Leadership

Course: EDA623 - Instructional Leadership
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Course Description:

Theoretical and practical exploration of curriculum, instruction and accountability. The course will explore issues that have the potential to influence the planning, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and learning.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a culture in which high expectations are the norm for each student as evident in rigorous academic work.
  • Examine strategies necessary to foster equity, fairness, and respect among all members of the school community.
  • Design a variety of appropriate content-based learning materials and learning strategies that recognize students as active learners, value reflection and inquiry, emphasize the quality versus the amount of student application and performance, and utilize appropriate and effective technology.
  • Create plans that establish long-term professional development of all staff consistent with the ongoing effort to improve the learning of all students relative to the content standards.
  • Examine the strategies necessary for all members of the school community to develop and use skills in collaboration, distributed leadership, and shared responsibility.
  • Create an accountability system grounded in standards-based teaching and learning through the analysis of relevant data.
  • Evaluate student learning using multiple assessments in an ongoing process focused on improving the academic performance of each student.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  • Analyze complex human phenomena such as resistance and anxiety and the ability to lead others in a process through the change process.
  • Analyze decision making frameworks in order to surface and develop ethical leadership and improve decision making skills.
  • Analyze innovative school models in the context of their ability to impact student learning.
  • Analyze innovative school models, including charter schools, to ensure student success and organizational sustainability.
  • Create a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of practice related to curriculum standards and accountability leading to the improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Develop a school culture conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Develop team building and understand organizational dynamics including the use of the learning organization processes.
  • 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.
  • Examine diversity and pluralism in the United States (of students, community, and faculty) in order to develop the cultural competence and be able to work well in diverse, rural and urban environments.
  • Explore community leadership, outreach and partnerships.
  • Possess the technological background for making data driven decisions leading to instructional improvement.
  • 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:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

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