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EDUC 5401: Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership

Note: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6067.

This course is designed to examine the current theories and belief systems that contribute to evolving concepts of leadership, particularly in educational settings. A variety of pedagogical approaches will be used to examine processes that develop relationships, encourage team building, facilitate conflict resolution, and encourage innovation, change, and organizational performance. Participants will become familiar with various styles of leadership such as charismatic, transformational, transactional, and collegial, and will be encouraged to examine and challenge their own practices in field settings. Students will investigate current models of supervision and performance assessment and assess the models in the context of differing leadership styles. Participants will develop a repertoire of leadership styles and skills that will be applicable in a variety of educational settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Compare current leadership theories and belief systems.
  • Analyze how leadership is practiced in a variety of leadership settings.
  • Critique models for supervision and evaluation of staff in different leadership contexts.
  • Apply principles of leadership relating to the development of relationships, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Outline innovative ways to adapt to change in a broad societal context.
  • Develop strategies for leadership with diverse classrooms and communities.

Course topics

  • Week 1: What Is Leadership? Theories, Methods, and Sustainability
  • Week 2: Leadership, Cultural Awareness, and Cultural Competence
  • Week 3: Ethical, Principled, and Reflective Leadership
  • Week 4: Leadership Structures and Settings
  • Week 5: Leading People, Educational, Transformational, and Collaborative Leadership
  • Week 6: Staff Evaluation and Leadership Succession
  • Week 7: Equity in Leadership
  • Week 8: Equity in Leadership cont’d
  • Week 9: Mental and Physical Wellness
  • Week 10: Accountability for Students and Staff
  • Week 11: Leadership, Technology, and Communication
  • Week 12: What is Leadership? A Reflection

Required text and materials

Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see the list of required textbooks here: Students may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at

Please note, if students choose to source their own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. Students may choose to purchase any package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for their course.

If students have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory Final Project and 70% overall.

Assignment 1: Brief – Leadership Model Summary and Analysis 15%
Assignment 2: Part A Position Videos 15%
Assignment 2: Part B Position Videos 15%
Assignment 3: Position Paper 15%
Assignment 4: Group Forum Discussion and Reflection 20%
Mandatory Final Project: Leadership Growth Plan 20%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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