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Theories of Educational Leadership
EDUC-741

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

An analysis of education/organizational leadership theories and evidence based practices with application to challenges faced by academic leaders in complex and changing contexts.  Emphasis given to significance and relevance for leaders forging relationships and leading academic organizations to successfully fulfill their mission.

Requisites

Prerequisite

None

Rationale

This course is a study of leadership styles and the resulting influence upon school personnel, community, and instructional innovation and curricular change within the system.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Describe evidence-based characteristics of successful educational leadership and proficiently articulate these essential qualities as they relate to the changing contexts of academia.
  2. Analyze biblical models of leadership, with specific attention to Nehemiah, with regard to relevant and relational leadership which leads to organizational success.
  3. Apply a biblical worldview to the analysis of the literature reviews, readings, and research in the various levels of education.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical influences pertaining to leadership theories and their relationship to governance, administration, and leadership in institutions learning.
  5. Apply organizational theories and models to create and lead effective higher education organizations and implement best practice in organizational improvement planning.
  6. Analyze state licensure standards and/or accreditation standards with regard to leadership office holders, integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for advanced career positions in all levels of education.
  7. Reflect upon personal development as an educational leader.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

(This required resource has been provided in this course via the JFL). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 9781119278962.

A personal Bible (the version of the candidate’s choice)

www.LiveText.com membership: This is a website for portfolio development and the submission of major course assignments. If you are a candidate in a specialist or doctorate program and you are not seeking add-on licensure, you do not need to purchase LiveText. However, for candidates seeking licensure in a specialist or doctoral program, your one-time LiveText subscription purchase lasts for a period of 5 years and is required for all candidates seeking licensure. ISBN: 9780979663567.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

 Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The candidate will complete the corresponding readings/research and clearly discuss and reflect upon the specific prompts. The candidate will create a 200–250-word thread in response to the prompt. The candidate will then submit 100–150-word replies to the threads of at least 2 classmates. (MLO: A, F)

Leadership Requirements Paper

The candidate will write a two-section paper describing both formal and informal requirements to serve as a leader in an organization. The paper must be in current APA format, include a title page, include a reference page with at least 2 references, and be 400–500 words. (MLO: F)

Improvement Plan OR Higher Ed. Course Project (complete only one)

School or District Improvement Plan (K-12)

The candidate will develop a School Improvement Plan. This assignment is to be completed in 4 Parts: Vision Analysis and Revision Process, Data Analysis and Goals, Implementation Plan, and PowerPoint Presentation. This assignment is intended for students currently in, or planning to be in, a K-12 setting. If the candidate is seeking licensure, the candidate MUST complete the K-12 Improvement Plan. (MLO: D, E, G)

Higher Ed. Course Project

The candidate will analyze an issue that is a challenge in higher education. This assignment is to be completed in 4 parts: Journal Analysis, Media Analysis, Stategies for Improvement, and PowerPoint Presentation. This assignment is intended for candidates in a higher ed. or other non-K12 setting. (MLO: D, E, G)

Personal Leadership Philosophy Paper

The candidate will articulate a personal philosophy of educational leadership, focusing on the purpose of leadership. The candidate must focus on the long-range impact that leadership must have on stakeholders and on the community. In addition, the candidate must focus on the outcome of leadership rather than on methods and practices. This assignment must total 4–6 pages, use current APA format, and include a minimum of 4 references. (MLO: A, G)

Research Journal Critique Paper

The candidate will evaluate and critique 2 research articles from varying professional journals related to a similar topic. The journals can be from varying disciplines. All articles must be current (5 years or less). This paper must include a title page and have a 450–500-word limit. The title page and citations are NOT included in the word limit. (MLO: A)

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

The candidate will read the Book of Nehemiah as assigned throughout the course and complete 6 entries for the Leadership Journal which will be submitted at the end of the course. Each entry must answer the provided prompt and include a summary and reflection indicated by headings. Each entry must be 300-450 words. At the end of the course, the candidate will submit the entries in one document with a title page and reference page. (MLO: B, G)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

Leadership Requirements Paper

75

Improvement Plan/Higher Ed. Course Project

 

Part 1

75

Part 2

75

Part 3

75

Part 4

100

Personal Leadership Philosophy Paper

150

Research Journal Critique Paper

50

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

150

Total

1010

Course Policies

LiveText Submission Policy

All LiveText assignments must be submitted to Blackboard and LiveText in order for the candidate to receive credit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

EDUC 741

Textbook:    Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Leadership Requirements Paper

10

0

0

75

2

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 3–4

Bible Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 1

Improvement Plan OR Higher Ed. Course Project Part 1

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

50

 

75

*

3

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 5–6

Bible Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

50

*

4

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 7–8

Bible Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Improvement Plan OR Higher Ed. Course Project Part 2

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

50

 

75

*

5

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 9–10

Bible Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Personal Leadership Philosophy Paper

50

150

6

1 presentation

Improvement Plan OR Higher Ed. Course Project Part 3

Research Journal Critique Paper

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

 

75

50

*

7

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 11–12

Bible Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

Improvement Plan OR Higher Ed. Course Project Part 4

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

50

 

100

*

8

Kouzes & Posner: ch. 13

Bible Reading

1 presentation

Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah

150

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

* The Biblical Worldview on Nehemiah is submitted and graded in Module/Week 8

NOTE:  Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.