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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 502
Course Title: Foundations and Psychology of Educational Leadership
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course introduces fundamental principles within administrative theories, including organizational theory, bureaucratic models, leadership theories, change theories, content theories, and process theories. Contemporary practices are studied and analyzed. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbook listed below is in alternative format.

Educational Administration, Concepts and Practices
By Lunenberg, F.C. and Ornstein, A.C. (Wadsworth Cengage)
Course Objectives
  • To define their philosophy of Education and the psychology of leadership from a personal perspective.
  • To articulate their vision for learning and a plan for implementation for an entire school community.
Measurable Learning
  • Develop an awareness of constituents and perspectives in a broad school community. (Development of case study).
  • Select models of "best fit" based on their personal characteristics, styles, beliefs, and vision for a  learning community. (Reflection paper)
Topical Outline:
  • Historical foundations of leadership
  • Qualities of leaders
  • Understanding organizational structure and culture
  • Leadership theories
  • Decision making and group dynamics
  • Organizational change
  • The multi-faceted roles of a school leader
  • Power, influence, autonomy, and empowerment
  • Group regulation and distributed leadership
  • Psychological engagement and motivation
  • Adaptive cognition

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Teresa Vandover Date: September 1, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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