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EDUC 5461: Educational Management

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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. This course focuses on the contextual application of leadership theory in educational settings. Through exploration and examination of human resources and the fiscal component of management, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide day-to-day leadership in an educational organization.

Learning outcomes

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

  • 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.

Course topics

  • Leadership vs Management: Thinking like a manager
  • Ethics and Decision-making
  • Managing Resources: Budgets
  • Managing Resources: Human Resources
  • Managing Resources: School Operations
  • Managing the Organization: Law & Order I
  • Managing People: Law & Order II
  • Managing People: Diversity
  • Managing People: Change
  • Managing People: Communication
  • Managing People: Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Self: Stress Management

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: Article Review 20%
Assignment 2: Investigative Report 15%
Assignment 3: Reflective Journal 10%
Assignment 4: Collaboration and Simulation Activities 25%
Final Project * 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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