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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

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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

Module 1: Leadership and Leadership Theory

  • Defining Leadership
  • Deconstructing leadership
  • Traditional leadership theories

Module 2: Transformational Leadership

  • The role of visioning, mission, and goals in leadership
  • Transactional versus transformational leadership
  • Factors in successful school leadership

Module 3: Reflective Practice/Leadership Case Study

  • Critical reflection and leadership, and journaling as part of a reflective practice
  • Individual leadership case study

Module 4: Educational Leadership and Learning Theory

  • Setting directions, developing people, and designing the organization
  • Contemporary learning theory

Module 5: Developing Leadership in Others

  • Distributed leadership
  • Supporting the development of new leaders

Module 6: Teambuilding and Leading a Learning Community

  • Team leadership model
  • Building and leading a learning community

Module 7: Developing Relationships and Building Trust

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Building stakeholder relationships

Module 8: Leadership Principles and Practice

  • Application of leadership-- working in teams

Module 9: Conflict Resolution and Managing Effectively

  • Conflict resolution
  • Constructive conflict

Module 10: Facilitating Innovation and Change within a Broader Societal Context

  • Change theory
  • Relationship of school and community

Module 11: Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership

  • Diversity policy and practice
  • Inclusion, diversity and leadership

Module 12: Individual Leadership Case study--A Second Look

  • Reflections on leadership learning

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:

You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at Please note, if you choose to source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact They will be happy to assist you.


In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final project and 70% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.

Assignment 1: One Traditional Leadership Theory 10%
Assignment 2: Reflective Paper 15%
Discussions 1 10%
Assignment 3: Applied Understanding of Leadership 25%
Discussions 2 10%
Final Project: Applications of Principles of Leadership * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

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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