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Thompson Rivers University

EDUC 5461: Educational Management

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

This course will examine the management of fiscal and human resources that contribute to effective leadership in educational settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fiscal management and responsibility in an educational setting;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human resources management including the employment or contractual relationship;
  • Identify and describe laws which may affect the operations of an educational organization and analyse situations where they might be applied;
  • Formulate strategies for effective operations of an educational organization such as student discipline, scheduling, running meetings, and management of the physical plant
  • Apply skills in effective communication, managing change, and resolving conflict in the contexts of: the employment relationship, student behaviour, and relationships with other partners (such as parents, senior management, labour unions, and the media).
  • Demonstrate analysis of value-based decision making in the context of ethical considerations, balancing conflicting priorities, and high-pressure situations.
  • Recognize, identify and demonstrate understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of stress as this relates to school administration and the successful operation of a school.
  • Summarize evidence and defend a decision based on the evidence.
  • Reflect on learning in the course.

Course topics

  • Week 1: Managing Educational Organizations—Leadership, Management, and Ethical Decision Making
  • Week 2: Managing Educational Organizations —Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Planning
  • Week 3: Managing Operations—Policy and Regulations
  • Week 4: Managing Operations—School Organization
  • Week 5: Managing Operations—Supporting Students
  • Week 6: Managing Operations—School Finance and Budgets
  • Week 7: Managing Operations—Human Resources Management Part 1
  • Week 8: Managing Operations—Human Resources Management Part 2
  • Week 9: Managing Relationships—Civility and Conflict
  • Week 10: Managing Communication in Schools
  • Week 11: Managing Relationships—Meetings Meetings Meetings
  • Week 12: Managing Mobile Technology

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 the 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 final project and 70% overall.

Assignment 1: Short Paper—Ethical Case Study 15%
Assignment 2: Strategic Plan 20%
Assignment 3: Investigation Report 15%
Final Project: School Handbook 50%
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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