Online course in Business & Management

Educational Leadership: Working for Good

Explore educational leadership and develop leadership skills through critical thinking with this online course for school leaders.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $69 Find out more

Change the way you understand educational leadership

Leaders in schools, colleges, and nurseries have a responsibility to put education first despite being bound by standardisation and the business mindset of policy creation. On this course, you will feel empowered to rethink your understanding of how leadership is created and the ways it can benefit your students and colleagues.

Through critical thinking, you will explore how to take control of your own leadership skills. You will discuss different models of educational leadership and identify the challenges and opportunities that leadership offers.

What topics will you cover?

  • Researching leadership in the context of education and individual professional contexts.
  • The relationship between historical and contemporary practices of leadership, in an educational context.
  • Comparing and evaluating leadership models within education and how education, as an industry, is changing.
  • Comparison between national and international schools leadership
  • Differences between educational policy and systems and how they impact on leadership

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore how leadership knowledge is generated and passed on by critically engaging with knowledge useful for their practice.
  • Engage with conversations about Educational Leadership Models to recognise what it takes to move from being in charge to being in control.
  • Interpret education policy from a leadership perspective by engaging critically with the material.
  • Evaluate leadership challenges and opportunities typical of de-regulated international educational spaces.

Who is the course for?

This course is for aspiring and existing leaders in education, including teachers and managers. It will also be beneficial for university administrators, corporate educators, and government officers.

Who will you learn with?

Alexander Gardner-McTaggart

Alexander Gardner-McTaggart

Lecturer in educational leadership at the University of Manchester.
International Educational Leadership Expert: 22 years teaching/research experience and
formerly leadership lecturer at RMA Sandhurst.

Who developed the course?

From splitting the atom to giving the world graphene, The University of Manchester has a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries.

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