Why study educational leadership?
Educational leaders have a significant impact on the lives and learning of the students within their schools and organizations and on the effectiveness and wellbeing of their teachers. Leaders are charged not only with helping to make existing educational practice effective, but also with leading change and helping to transform education for the future. This is a demanding calling requiring a complex set of skills and understandings. Graduate study in educational leadership can place you at the cutting edge of current thinking and also give you the gift of space to focus intentionally on how you need to learn and grow, so that you can achieve a better integration between your beliefs and values and your professional effectiveness.
Educational Leadership at Calvin
The Educational Leadership Concentration helps its participants to develop the skills, knowledge base, and dispositions they need to become responsive and transformative school leaders. The concentration is designed for teachers who are sensing a desire to make a difference in the life of a school at a broader level than their classrooms, and for school leaders desiring to deepen their knowledge and skills and make a greater impact on their schools. The Educational leadership curriculum is designed to enable leaders at all levels of schooling, from system leaders to heads of school to teacher leaders who participate in the development of positive school environments.
Based on a Christian framework as well as state and national leadership standards, the concentration is designed to provide students with the unique blend of leadership, organization, management, and educational knowledge and skills needed to lead schools. During the program we explore leadership theory and research in depth. We also allow space for students to shape their learning to the needs of their own context, deepening their experience in helping develop enabling school communities. Alongside shared study of current research, students work on projects relating what they are learning to specific issues and needs in their contexts, enabling learning that deepens both understanding and engagement.
Preparing Future Leaders
We believe that educational leaders will be shaped and guided by a commitment to equity, excellence, and justice that flows from a Christian vision for shalom, a biblical concept that evokes the holistic flourishing of a community. Leaders can bring these commitments to expression in their work of shaping cultures and building communities that promote the learning of all. For this reason we are committed to helping our graduates grow as leaders who have grown in more than technical skill or grasp of information; we seek to help students to grow in the connection between belief, commitment, and practice, seeking integrity and wisdom as well as excellence.
A typical program is 32 - 33 semester hours
Educ 510 Advanced Educational Foundations
Educ 520 Theories of Instruction
Educ 521 Curriculum Theory and Development
Educ 530 Intro. to Educational Leadership
Educ 531 Professional Development and Supervision
Educ 532 School Business Management
Educ 533 School Law and Ethics
Social Context Workshop/Course
Educ 591 Educational Research and Evaluation
Educ 593 Graduate Seminar: Educational Leadership