Instructional Leadership


Online Master of Education Program in Instructional Leadership

This online Master of Education degree was designed for people who want to improve their own leadership skills and learn how to train others.

The key elements in this Master of Education degree are adult learning theories and best practices. This knowledge is vital to effectively and efficiently train others. It is ideal for the practicing teacher who wants to contribute to leadership in educational communities.

This online degree starts by analyzing various leadership theories, then assessing your own leadership style. From there, you will explore how to influence the organization and its culture; how to build effective, collaborative partnerships; and how to resolve and minimize conflict.

The program then moves on to teach you how to develop and train other members of the organization in the best practices of leadership. It does this by examining the latest in adult learning theories, effective curriculum, and facilitation of professional development and training experiences; by performing a critical evaluation of your staff development program; and by determining the best technology tools for your instructional needs.

This online Master of Education program can and has been utilized in military, first responder and business trainer communities. Anyone who wants to be able to effectively develop their colleagues' leadership abilities can benefit from this program.

This program is 30 hours and is entirely online. All candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and a 3.0 overall GPA in their undergraduate program.

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Instructional Leadership

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration
EDUC5370 Leadership Foundations: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Change 3 s.h.
EDUC5510 Fostering Productive Leadership Communication and Relationship Building Skills 3 s.h.
EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
EDUC5530 Assessment and Program Evaluation 3 s.h.
EDUC5540 Conflict Resolution Strategies 3 s.h.
EDUC5550 Technology Tools and Strategies for Leaders 3 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquirey and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquirey and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Graduate-level Education Electives 3 s.h.

Courses for Instructional Leadership

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
Builds a professional learning community in a social learning context designed to discover how to take ownership for learning through shared readings, experiences, and reflections. Critically examines current educational trends and practices and clarifies procedures for systematic academic inquiry and reflection. Begins to develop the skills, nuances, and insights necessary for dynamic collaboration for future learning and application.

EDUC5370 Leadership Foundations: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Change 3 s.h.
Explores leadership studies through examination of adult learning theories, past and current models of leadership, and assessment of participant’s own leadership styles, providing a foundation for future studies. Introduces the process of graduate-level scholarship and provides understanding of the processes and policies of graduate studies at Graceland University.

EDUC5510 Fostering Productive Leadership Communication and Relationship Building Skills 3 s.h.
Examines the roles that leaders play as partners in shaping, and being shaped by, the organizational cultures they seek to influence. Investigate the implications for leading and building effective community at various levels of application. Covers the following topics: Skill development in verbal and non-verbal communication strategies; exploration into the development of collaborative working partnerships.

EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
Provides knowledge and skills through the development of effective design and facilitation of professional development and/or training experiences, including relevant teaching and learning theories/models. Identifies appropriate resources; marketing, designing effective workshops and/or training materials and using assessment tools for evaluation purposes will be explored.

EDUC5530 Assessment and Program Evaluation 3 s.h.
Prepares leaders to design and conduct program evaluation and critically assess input from multiple stakeholders and other sources of data. Explores assessment of learning outcomes, assessment techniques, and assessment of effective management, program evaluation and evaluation of staff development. Provides learners with the expertise necessary to effectively, ethically, and efficiently conduct evaluations, and present and communicate assessment and evaluation results to diverse stakeholder groups.

EDUC5540 Conflict Resolution Strategies 3 s.h.
Successful leaders respond well in conflict situations and are able to assist in the resolution of conflict among others. Introduces learners to several theoretical frames for studying and explaining the conflict process that may emerge in organizational settings. Explores theories, methods, skills and practices associated with successfully engaging in the dynamics of conflict interactions.

EDUC5550 Technology Tools and Strategies for Leaders 3 s.h.
Explores leadership and management decision making skills for the application and advancement of technology in the workplace. Includes the following topics: Delivery using multimedia, matching technologies to outcomes, cost and funding of technology and trends in instructional technology. Assesses and evaluates risks and threats with the wide availability of media (the internet, iPods, cell phones, and others) to security and ethical behavior.

EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
Focuses on action research methodology and provides preparation to engage in a research study that addresses P-12 students' learning. Emphasizes the development of a research question, review of literature, methods and procedures and appropriate APA usage. Demonstrates the inquiry process through submission of a Capstone Action Research proposal and accompanying approval documents. Prerequisites: All courses listed in emphasis.

EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Focuses on the implementation and completion of the approved action research study designed in EDUC6100. Presents dissemination of research results and conclusions and peer reviews critical analysis of the research process. Prerequisite: EDUC6100.

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