Curriculum Overview

Our Curriculum is organized into five modules over five terms, and is intended to be completed in 14 months. While it is impossible to prepare students for all of the rigors of school leadership in one year, we are confident that they will leave our program significantly better than they entered, with heads, hands, and hearts ready to bless and build God's children. Here is the basic scope and sequence of our curriculum.

Curriculum Overview

During the first term of the program we will provide the needed foundations of leadership that will support your learning throughout the rest of the program and beyond. Pete Carrol claims: “A clear, well-defined philosophy gives you the guidelines and boundaries that keep you on track” (2016, p. 62). Truly, we as “Humans are wired to seek meaning in everything we do, whether we’re sitting in an office, hiking in the mountains, or eating dinner with the family. Passion for a cause fuels energy, intelligence, and creativity” (McKee, 2018, p. 7). The overarching purpose of this term is to build a foundation in the most important theories, frameworks, and practices of faithbased leadership. The overview of the work you will be asked to complete during this first term of study can be summarized with the following question: Who am I as a leader? How do we lead a school with an inspiring shared vision of deep learning for students & educators?

This semester includes the following courses:
right arrow EDLF 627: Principal’s Role in Leading a Learning Community

Desired Outcomes
The desired outcomes for this term are below. Students will:

  1. Clarify and articulate their personal mission, vision, values, and goals as an educator.
  2. Learn the foundational theories & practices of leadership.
  3. Create a plan for how they will build an inspiring shared mission and vision of deep learning in a school.
  4. Propose innovative approaches for pursuing your school’s shared mission and vision by creating an “ideal school.”

Venn Diagram of outcomes

Connecting the Semester to the Program’s Objectives
All of the courses are designed to prepare inspired educational leaders that bless and build God’s children now and in the future. The course in this term is foundational in preparing a well-rounded leader.
Head: As students learn about the foundational theories and frameworks, it will provide them with the knowledge needed to make sense of different leadership scenarios and contexts.
Hand: Students will be asked to practice the foundational theories through case studies, simulations, and interacting with real schools.
Heart: Students will dig deeply into their own philosophies of education and the bigger why behind schools, leadership, and assessment & evaluation.

Projects and Assignments
The three major assignments that students will complete are:

  1. Ideal School Proposal
  2. Personal Leadership Development Plan (based on results from VIA Strengths Finder, School Leader Dispositions Survey, & Culturally Responsive Leadership Inventory)

Venn Diagram of outcomes