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.
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
- 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.
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: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf
You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca. 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
OLMaterials@tru.ca. 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
|Assignment 1: One Traditional Leadership Theory
|Assignment 2: Reflective Paper
|Assignment 3: Applied Understanding of Leadership
|Final Project: Applications of Principles of Leadership *
Open learning faculty member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary
contact information when you start your course.