Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Executive Program for Leadership in Education

Get the career you want. Our seven online modules allow you to work toward a promotion while you focus on your current job. Along the way, a coach will help you apply theories and concepts to the workplace. And as your leadership skills grow, you’ll gain the confidence you need to tackle issues facing educational professionals today.

The Executive Program for Leadership in Education was developed in collaboration between the TRU School of Education and the British Columbia School Superintendents Association (BCSSA).

Program highlights


Choose the modules you take and how quickly you complete them. Learn primarily online to minimize travel costs and time away from your job.

Demonstrated competencies

Begin an e-portfolio to demonstrate the research and expertise you've developed.

Instructor expertise

Each module is developed and overseen by senior researchers and practitioners. A coach with practical leadership experience is assigned to work with you.


Participants have access to peer groups. These communities offer the opportunity to learn from the experience of other senior leaders and to grow your professional network.

Upcoming modules

Course Name Course Code Cost Time Commitment Module Dates
Introduction to Executive Leadership * XPLE 5010 $800 30 hours
of work
Feb. 27
- April 10
Policy and Governance XPLE 5030 $800 25 hours
of work
April 17
- May 29
Leading Learning XPLE 5020 $800 25 hours
of work
May 29
- July 10
* This module is mandatory and a pre-requisite for all other modules in the program.

Module abstracts

Introduction to Executive Leadership

The introductory module serves several purposes that are relevant to the entire Executive Program in Leadership in Education. You will create a public profile. This will become part of your presence in the course. You will create, or bring with you, a professional portfolio, which you can use and develop throughout the program. You will complete an emotional intelligence assessment, which you and your coach will discuss. Establishing some shared sense of ethical values is also central to this module. Finally, you will identify through your reading and interactions with your instructor and your colleagues some key components of effective district leadership.

Policy and Governance

In this unit participants will gain an understanding of the legislation governing public and independent schools in British Columbia through a review of the British Columbia School Act and the Independent School Act and learn the difference between the governing act, the Ministerial Orders and Regulations and Inspectors Orders. Participants will also become familiar with the authority of locally elected school boards rooted in the Act and how school boards use their authority to make policy to assist in the governance of education. A series of questions will be completed that will assist in becoming familiar with the legislation governing Kindergarten to grade twelve education. Through a series of Learning Activities skills will be developed in writing school district policy and reports to the Board of Education including recommended courses of action. In addition, through simulated exercises, participants will refine their skills in planning and chairing meetings of senior management personnel as well as managing Board/Administration relations and communications to better assist the Board in focussing on and carrying out its governance responsibilities.

Leading Learning

The Leading Learning module essentially provides a primer on the current research and thinking about learning. While you might be an expert in one or more of the areas in this module, senior leaders need to have a systemic understanding of all aspects of learning as well as being able to zoom in to the classroom level. The key areas that will be covered include: instructional quality, indigenous perspectives on learning, diversity and inclusion; creative learning and systemic creativity; assessment and communication of data; continuing professional development; and instructional supervision. You will have an opportunity to create some digital artefacts for your professional portfolio as well as take part in a simulation.

More modules will be available soon
  • Leadership and district culture
  • Communications and community relations
  • Organizational leadership
  • HR development and management