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General Course Information for MAT652: Leadership Accountability

Course: MAT652 - Leadership Accountability
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Course Description: This course focuses on the role of the leader in educational accountability and contains an exploration of the andamp;#8220;antecedents of excellenceandamp;#8221; which are measurable activities in teaching, curriculum, leadership, parent involvement, extracurricular activities, and other factors that are the antecedents of student achievement. Candidates learn to create accountability systems for their personal and professional responsibilities going beyond the consideration of test scores as the sole vehicle for educational accountability.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how to identify and use the accountability measurement tools in use at their school.
  • Be knowledgeable of the variety of accountability systems available for their use.
  • Develop an understanding of what determines whether an accountability measurement tool is effective.
  • Understand how to use Multidimensional Leadership Assessment analysis in their school setting.
  • Know how to create an accountability system based upon the needs of the school/classroom.
  • Understand how to effectively provide constructive feedback on the accountability system created by colleagues.
  • Analyze the accountability systems in use at their schools.
  • Judge the effectiveness of a variety of accountability measurement tools.
  • Apply principles of effective accountability.
  • Engage other colleagues in debating the effectiveness of certain accountability measurement tools.
  • Apply the principles of effective accountability through the creation of a new accountability system.
  • Provide constructive feedback on the accountability system created by colleagues.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Specialization in Teacher Leadership
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead learning communities and cross-cultural educational initiatives within school and classroom
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and understand research on educational leadership.
    • Demonstrate the ability to build professional relationships and networks for instructional leadership.

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:

  • (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